I was recently watching a show in one scene a woman watched her door as she saw someone trying to break in. She did not call for help or find a weapon to defend herself, instead she ran and hid in a closet. This scene could be found in any a typical horror movie. So why did this TV show catch my attention during this scene? I will share with you one of my flaws, and that is when I used to watch horror shows I used to criticize the soon to be victims and call them stupid for their poor judgment. I am the one who would say, ‘Don’t go upstairs you idiot the door is right there!’, and other similar statements. As this scene played out on my TV screen I watched this woman in her terror and wondered why didn’t she pick up a phone, or a frying pan. Why did she go and put herself in a place where she had no escape? All of this lead to other thoughts. Why do we lay down as victims, and make ourselves easy prey for the enemy? We run and hide, yet we do not run to safety. Yes there are times we need to run and flee to a safe place to get away from our attacker. Then there are times when we need to stand and fight. We are to be on guard at all times, aware of our surroundings. We are not to be found sleeping. Good reason to be paired up with other believers. So do you run or do you stand and fight? Each situation is different and response will depend on what is happening and what you have to use. First clear your mind of fear, it clouds your mind and your judgment is hindered. Trust in the Lord and He will lead you to the right decision. What do you when you have to react in a split second? If you are armored up and standing firm on the Word, His Spirit will direct you. Be alert, stand guard, and listen at all time for God’s voice.
Joshua 10:25 Joshua then said to them, “Do not fear or be dismayed! Be strong and courageous, for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies with whom you fight.”
2 Chronicles 32:6-8 He appointed military officers over the people and gathered them to him in the square at the city gate, and spoke encouragingly to them, saying, “Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria nor because of all the horde that is with him; for the one with us is greater than the one with him. “With him is only an arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people relied on the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
Ephesians 6:13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
1 Peter 5:9-10 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
Matthew 26:41 “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
2 Samuel 22:40
“For You have girded me with strength for battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.