Stop Bringing Knives To Gun Fights!

Stop Bringing Knives To Gun Fights!
by Damainion Ewell

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” (Ephesians 6:13-16, NKJV).

Are you strong enough to stand up against the accusation?

You seem to have an edge in life. The goals have been laid out, the sacrifices have been identified and you are willing to walk through fire to make your dreams a reality. You have the prayed the prayers, forsaken the plate and worshiped to the point of nearly looking foolish. You are doing the work that is necessary in order to produce the fruit of what your labor dictates should come. The job is going well, the boss loves you, and your co-workers invite you to every function. You are a well-recognized figure in the church, and the pastor has developed a certain rapport with you. Even the children are behaving in your presence! Your spouse still has the twinkle in their eye when they look at you, even after the years of hardship and turmoil nearly spoiled the union. The bumps in the road seem fewer and fewer. The mortgage is paid on time, yet again. The tithes are accompanied with seed for yet another week. The tires on the cars are not flat and there is no annoying “check engine” light in the dashboard. You are praising God in your little vacuum because everything is going so right. A little too right, in fact. Suddenly, it comes…

For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful have opened against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause. In return for my love they are my accusers, but I give myself to prayer” (Psalms 109:2-4, NKJV).

The accusation has been made. Not just the kind of accusation that rolls off your back like a duck in deep water. This accusation is an earthquake. It has shook the very foundation of your life. The bridge that brought you close to God in the first place is on the verge of crumbling. The pillars that hold your strength erect are breaking at the seams. Your reputation could be stained to the point of no return. The accusation came forth with so much force, yet with no warning at all. All of a sudden, your friends seem like long lost strangers. The phone that used to buzz your hip day and night is either broke or not being called. Unfortunately, your phone is brand new, so it must be the latter. The invites that used to be left on your desk seemingly every week have stopped coming. Oftentimes, with an open accusation comes an even more open shame. You drive in the rain, and yet your eyes are the ones that need windshield wipers. You go to the store to get some things for the house, and the pain is so distracting that you wander from isle to isle, forgetting the grocery list altogether. No one trusts you anymore. You do not even trust yourself. The accusation has turned up the temperature in your life, and you are at the point of boiling.

Are you strong enough to stand up against the accusation?

You want to move as far away as the east and the west would allow the divide. You long for that “easy button” that you see on countless commercials, but none of those exist. Why did this happen? Where did this come from? The welcoming arms of the church have become the shutting door in your face. The rapport between you and the pastor have become numerous, unreturned voicemail messages. Even the light that would accompany your family at the very sight of you has become dim. The kiss that greeted you at the door every evening from the one you swore your life to has departed. The hot meal that awaited you after a hard day’s work is now a frozen dinner, or no dinner at all. The conversations that brought a gratifying end to the hustle and bustle of the day are now arguments riddled with degradation. Slowly but surely, the“I love you, baby!” that meant so much has been replaced with “I hate you!,” “look at what you have done!,” and “you have ruined our lives!” The hugs have become slaps in the face and articles of clothing thrown onto the front porch. The pictures that hung on the wall are cut up into mere confetti, worthy of being thrown in the garbage can as if the memories are trash. Everything you thought was unbreakable is being destroyed right before your very eyes. You have no idea what else to do or say. The accusation is winning the race and you have lost your breath trying to catch up. Suddenly, it comes…

Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down” (Revelation 12:10, NKJV).

You wake up one morning, encapsulated with bleeding wounds and despair. But, this morning is different for some reason. You hear birds serenading you off in the distance. The inviting scent of coffee brewing and children playing in the offing begins your long journey of getting out of bed. You wipe the sleep out of your eyes and look around. Even your surroundings look brighter and more  vibrant than usual. Did you hire a decorator and simply forgot about it? That is not it. Do you have a  butler or a housekeeper on the payroll? No, you do not. A sunbeam bathes you before the morning  shower, and it instantaneously sets off fireworks in the deepest trench of your soul.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled” (2 Corinthians 10:4-6, NKJV).

That sweet, still and subtle voice that you recognize so well says it is time to fight! This accusation that was made against you is not about YOU! This accusation almost blew you away, but the blow was not meant for YOU! You are meant to touch the world in a miraculous way. Everything that the  LORD has ordained for you has absolutely nothing to do with YOU! You are His vessel, specifically chosen and assigned for a specific purpose. You are meant to the touch the lives of a people broken and completely battered from head to toe. You are justification for the unjustified. You are inspiration for the uninspired. You are the smile for the saddened and Kleenex for the teary eyed. This accusation was the plot of the enemy to assassinate your assignment.

This is the final showdown at the OK Corral!

This fight is for all the marbles, and the enemy has brought every bazooka and rocket launcher in hell’s inventory to wipe you out. Your murmuring, complaining and complacent attitude are but little knives, not sharp enough to cut a tomato or give your fingers a hangnail. The enemy has brought theheavy artillery to WAR against you, and you step up to the plate with butterknives. The fight for your soul and the souls assigned to you require more than a utensil only fit to butter your toast! How do you take the fight to the enemy?

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16, NKJV).

Get on your face and rebuke devils in the name of Jesus! Do you want your life back? Do your want your name back? Do you want your love back? Do you want your smile back? Do you want your want your reputation back? Do you want your relationships back? How dare you be endowed with power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7) and bring knives to a gun battle! Demons TREMBLE at the mere mention of the name of Jesus (James 2:19). Your greatest fight is fought on your face, praying and supplicating before your God. He will heed your battle cry and supply you with all that is necessary to win the battle. Your prayers will avail you to the winning side. Your prayers will avail you to the finish line. Leave the knives at the steakhouse and come to the battle with an arsenal of weaponry. That arsenal begins and ends with prayer.

Are you strong enough to stand up against the accusation?

Yes you are. Pray, and watch your telephone start ringing again. Pray, and watch your children shower you with adulation again. Pray, and watch your boss suddenly give you a raise. Pray, and watch every lie and deception spoken about you die a painful death. Pray, and watch your smile slowly return.

Pray, and watch your reputation return to you better than ever. Pray, and watch the enemy pack his bags and flee the scene! Above all else, pray, and watch the LORD bring the victory, no matter what the circumstances are against you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Damainion L. Ewell is the Editor-In-Chief of Gospel Highlights, an all-new Christian lifestyle and gospel music magazine. The magazine was launched in May, 2009, and can be viewed at http://www.gospelhighlights.com. He has been a freelance writer for almost 12 years, and his work has been seen by readers all over the world.

Damainion relocated back to the Washington, D.C. area in late 2008, and his pen is on fire for the glory of Jesus Christ. Along with his magazine endeavors, he is working on his first book, the tentatively titled “The Articles Of Inspiration,” and is enjoying the perks of being the father of three beautiful children.

Damainion can be reached via his official website: http://www.godswriter.com.