Drums pounding, enthusiasm rising, battle lines drawn, warriors clothing themselves in armor, charging forward toward the front lines.
The momentum is contagious. Cheering, shouting, and promises of victory drives the multitude onward expectant toward the victory.
However, the front lines are loud, messy. Shouting fades and all that's seen is pain and difficulty.
Doubts start trickling in, hesitancy, questioning, thoughts of returning to where it's safe start ringing in people's ears.
Another gets drowsy. Looking around, weary, her legs start aching from the journey.
Too weak to stand or take one more step, she stops, lays down, & drifts off to sleep right there on the front lines with the bombs blasting, wounded weeping, the shooting blasting.
Has she forgotten this is war?
The above analogy seems ridiculous, doesn't it? But it happens every day. Those on the front lines get targeted, lose hope, embrace discouragement...or just get weary, and either start sleeping or retreat from the mission.
However, Jesus came to change the way we live missionally, His Spirit equipping us to take new territory, declaring His great name.
Here are ten reasons to put on our armor, strengthen your legs, get your footing, and stand when the wars of this life rage...
Though born, raised, and still living only miles from where she grew up, Jen's heart lies in the nations. Jen loves the beautiful tapestry found in the wide diversity of people, different cultures, and all nations. Jen and her husband have been married twenty years, and have parented fifteen kids and counting; twelve foster, one adopted, and two bios. Her multi-racial family reflects her passion for unity, desire for faith without walls, and missional mindset to share both the gospel and the power of redemption to a world desperately needing the hope found in Jesus Christ. Jen and her husband have led in a variety of ministries; including prayer, small groups, children's, and women’s. Jen advocates for the orphan as a board member for the non-profit, A New Song; and loves doing missions work internationally, along with her family. You can find Jen writing about faith, while challenging her readers at her blog, Rich Faith Rising, as well as at tweeting faith-filled messages @Jen_Avellaneda . Jen is also on facebook.
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