Written by: Mr. Fertig
I recently read a book which portrayed the Christian walk in a very different light than I had ever thought about before. It described the fight that we all face in pursuing a relationship with Jesus by personifying the different enemies we all battle on our journey to “High Places”. Some of the enemies were “Fear”, “Pride”, “Resentment”, “Bitterness”, “Self-Pity”, and the main character was “Much Afraid”. How many of us face these enemies of our relationship with God and never realize what or who we are battling?
Ms. Moore (dance staff) spoke to the staff before the start of camp this year about the power of declaration in the fight club. What I didn’t realize at the time was how much declaring truth in ourselves and each other helps us not only identify the enemy we may be currently battling, but also overcome that same enemy. We are sons and daughters of THE KING!
King David used this same idea many times in the Psalms. He would declare truth in his own life; whether it was to remind him where his hope came from even in the dark times, or simply to praise God for His greatness, David was declaring things left and right.
Psalm 139:14 (NASB) – “…I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.”
Psalm 42:5 (NIV) – “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
But this happens all the time even today. Before camp, I was sharing some things with Mrs. Miles and she was kind enough to call out the enemies “Fear” and “Self-Pity” (even though it felt a little bit like tough love at the time), and then declare truth back to me about who I was in God’s family no matter what lies I was hearing in my own head.
Romans 8:16-17a (ESV) – “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ…”
What truth can you declare today in your own life? Can you create some opportunities to declare truth in someone else’s life? Look in a mirror and remind yourself who you are daily. Reach out to your fight club too, sometimes it’s as simple as a text or phone call reminding them of the gold in them as well.