But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. Hebrews 10:39
Do you shrink back when life becomes rough?
When insults are hurled do you recoil?
When you are misunderstood, do you shrink back into nothing?
When you shrink back, you are destroyed.
Not literally, but emotionally and spiritually, it opens wide the door to the enemy.
Shrinking back is not standing up.
Not standing up in the armor of God.
Not standing up in the identity of Who you were patterned after.
When attacked, you have two choices: shrink back or stand up.
People attack out of their own insecurities.
Pain, disappointment, feeling out of control all cause people to react in ugly manners towards usually non deserving people.
So when that arrow is hurled your way, will you allow it to pierce you?
If you do, you’ll curl up into a ball, allowing the poison inside.
Staying in your system, the poison will slowly destroy you.
Doesn’t happen immediately, but over time, if you continually shrink back from your identity as God’s beloved, you’ll be destroyed.
Nothing the enemy would like better.
The enemy cannot keep you from believing in God, but he can and will try to keep you defeated.
Every single day.
Hebrews reminds us we are not those who shrink back and are destroyed, but we have faith.
That’s the difference.
Faith in God preserves our souls.
We know we are not in control. God is.
We know who has won in the end. God has.
We know who has redeemed us from ourselves and others. God does.
And God will continually redeem us from each and every arrow hurled our way.
Pull your armor back up.
Fasten that helmet tight.
And stand under your created identity from God.