Keep Paddling

Have you ever watched a duck float across the pond?  It is a beautiful picture isn’t it?  So calm and peaceful.  Therapeutically soothing.

That little duck doesn’t appear to have a care in the world as he glides along.  This is how our life, as believers, should look.

Peaceful, but still pressing along.

You see, the funny thing about the duck is we only see what is above the surface.  That gentle, peaceful, drifting.  We do not, however, see the continually effort that is taking place just below the surface.

So should our lives be.  We need to be like the duck.

Philippians 4:6-7 says, Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

We have access to a peace that is so deep we cannot even comprehend it.  It is that peace which guards us and keep us safe in Christ.  It is that peace we cling to regardless of what is going on around us.  That is what others will see in us…above the surface.

What they won’t often see is the battle beneath the surface.

They may not see that we keep pressing forth, paddling with all our might, long after our strength is gone.  Most won’t ever know the price we have payed to arrive where we are in God.  Many will think we are simply floating by in life.

They will only see above the surface.

Below the surface we are waging war on the enemy.  We are declaring God’s word and His will for our life and the lives of our family.  We are refusing to quit moving forward because God has made us a promise.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says, For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 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.

Under the surface we are casting down every argument that would dare speak against God.

2 Chronicles 20:15 says, Thus says the Lord to you: Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

Under the surface, we are reminding ourselves and the devil that God’s got this.  We refuse fear, knowing the battle belongs to God and we only need to keep paddling.

Today, I encourage you to let God’s peace carry you through every season.  Let His peace be your flow.

And…keep paddling.  Keep declaring His word.  Continue to use every weapon God has placed in your hand.  Stand against every enemy, knowing God will give you continuous victory.  Fight, for He has given the enemy into your hand.  Be like the duck…just keep paddling.

 

Mediate on this:

For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.  Psalm 18:39

 

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