Stay in the Fight

It hardly seems possible that it has been a couple of weeks since I have posted a new devotion to this site, and for that I sincerely apologize. Between the craziness of life, travel, weather, and just plain battling through mental blocks and various discouragements, I just have not been able to get my weekly posts completed. However, the struggles of these past weeks have served a purpose in reminding me of the importance of staying the course once one begins their recovery journey.

We all experience those instanced where we become worn down, wearied from the daily struggles to maintain focus on our recoveries while juggling the day-to day responsibilities that cannot be ignored. During those when nothing seems to be going right, or we are not experiencing the outcomes we expected or desired, it is important for us to continue hanging on with all our might, even if the only by our fingertips. It is during these times that we must fully give ourselves over to the care and safety of Jesus, and rely on His strength to help us through the frequent storms of life.

This brings to mind the poem “Footprints in the Sand” that describes a person dream of seeing the scenes of their life play out and seeing two sets of footprints in the sand, indicating that Jesus had been walking beside them. However, the dreamer notes that there was only one set of footprints in many of the most perilous and difficult times and they question God as to why He would leave them alone during these trying times. The Lord answered the single set of footprints were His as He carried the dreamer during those difficult times.

While there are certainly those instances where God carries us through the storms of our life, there are also those instances in which we end up either pushing through or just hunkering down until everything blows over. It is in those instances where we can put into practice the instructions found in Ephesians 6:13-17 and put on the “whole armor of God” in order that we may be protected from all the attacks (fiery darts) that the enemy throws our way. If we rely on God and His promises, we can put into the practice the tactical option of holding our ground: “…and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13b NKJV), and keep on standing no matter what.

No matter how hopeless things may seem, or how little (apparent) return we seem to be seeing for our efforts, we must keep pressing on in our recovery efforts. As we do so, let’s keep in mind Paul’s instruction found in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

Stay in the fight and keep looking towards Jesus, our healer, and the “author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).

Taking Every Thought Captive!

Scott Pipenhagen
Recovery / Transition Chaplain
Serve & Protect
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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About Scott P.

Scott is a retired Military LEO and a Volunteer Chaplain with Serve & Protect (www.serveprotect.org) where he seeks to provide transition services for First Responders and Military personnel by mentoring and connecting them with local 12 Step or similar Faith-Based recovery programs, local Chaplains, and Trauma Therapists to continue their recovery journey following residential care treatment. Scott contributes these devotions to the Serve & Protect ministry Facebook page: Guns'n'Hoses (https://www.facebook.com/GunsHosesMinistry). Scott has been involved in Faith-Based recovery programs since 2006 and has a Bachelor of Science in Religion through Liberty University and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies through Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently resides in Fredericksburg, VA, and can be contacted at spipenhagen@liberty.edu.
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