Yes—you are in a battle.

You might see it. Maybe you don’t.

Perhaps your anger flares, you lose control, your heart is broken, or you feel isolated. The enemy is trying to gain a victory.

Reject defeat.

Through Christ you can win.

Purpose in your heart that God’s love will work in you to conquer doubt, fear, and distress.

Fight.

Keep fighting.

Don’t give up.

God will provide the power and strength. The right methods. Keep going back to him. Every minute if you have to.

From Him come understanding and knowledge. Our struggles aren’t merely with people we face daily, but against the forces of darkness arrayed against us at various levels.

Combat is divided into three areas: tactical, operational, and strategic.

Tactical battles are directly in front of us, easy to see. Examples include internal conflicts with yourself, family, friends, co-workers, or bosses.

Operational battles seem hazier, even a bit foggy. They are indirect engagements—perhaps people you influence like grandchildren, your adult children’s co-workers, church leadership, or organizations you support.

Strategic battles can be difficult to grasp or comprehend unless you refocus your brain. This final level is the big picture, where you’re one small part of a complex puzzle. Imagine regional or national levels.

Whatever level your battle occupies, take your broken heart to the Father. Lug your failures, conflicts, tears, sorrows and sadness into His presence. He’ll listen. Provide new perspective. Flood your heart with peace, joy, resolution, and understanding. He created the marvelous puzzle of life, each intricate piece and connection. The best solution to molding the pieces together comes from Him.

Start again. Be that renewed person in Christ. A Christian warrior. Fight the battle against darkness.

Lay down the old self, the mistakes, and the regrets.

Win.

Aaron M. Zook, Jr.

Aaron M. Zook, Jr.

The Isle of Intrigue by Aaron M. Zook, Jr.

The Isle of Intrigue

Aaron M. Zook, Jr. is a multiple-award-winning author and speaker. He’s thrilled thousands with his YA Christian mystery/adventure series about two inquisitive brothers and their dogs who solve one crisis after another around the world. Aaron is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and lives with his wife, Joyce, in Texas.

 

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It’s crazy-good what Americans do in July!

We wave flags. Peacefully parade in the streets. Honor the military, first responders, and civilians. Gather as families. Picnic. Cherish freedom.

As a retired military officer, I smile at our Independence Day celebrations, knowing a measure of the sacrifice in people and treasure that secured the liberties we live with today. Military, firefighters, police, and medical professionals serve in physically dangerous positions. And many in our nation sacrifice time, energy, and money to keep us free.

Like many others, I’m a patriot. I defended our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, while serving as an active-duty military man in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army. I wasn’t alone. Millions of uniformed service members, not only on active duty, but in the National Guard and the Reserves, served before, with, and after me.

The Constitution and its amendments are an essential framework for peace, harmony, and equality in our nation. The freedom provided by the U.S. Constitution is limited freedom to ensure protection for its citizens and visitors. When anarchy reigns, terror is not far behind. When lawlessness abounds, the law-abiding are in danger.

As a patriot, I believe we must take action to work through our issues in an orderly fashion. Through discussion and changes in laws or procedures, we should prove ourselves to be mature individuals, serving one another while leading, teaching, guiding, protecting, and supporting each individual within freedom’s boundaries. We must create a growing and unified society which prospers for the benefit of all.

I salute those who’ve been on their knees praying that God will restore our nation to uphold the ideals that all men are created equal, that we can work out that practical application, and live in peace.

Aaron M. Zook, Jr.

Aaron M. Zook, Jr.

The Crashin’ Coaster Mystery by Aaron M. Zook, Jr.

The Crashin’ Coaster Mystery by Aaron M. Zook, Jr.

Aaron M. Zook, Jr. is a multiple-award-winning author and speaker. He’s thrilled thousands with his YA Christian mystery/adventure series about two inquisitive brothers and their dogs who solve one crisis after another around the world. Aaron is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and lives with his wife, Joyce, in Texas.

 

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