Chickamauga: Restoration

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 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.   I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust’.” Psalm 91:1-2 (NIV)

Towards the end of the Battle of Chickamauga, the Union forces withdrew from Snodgrass Hill to reform, refit, and fight another day.

Fighting with evil forces can feel like a close-quarter knife fight. Satan does not give up easily. Jesus was under attack for 40 days. The enemy is subtle, spiteful, and cunning, but he can be resisted. Learn from Jesus: He kept his wits and He invoked the Lord’s Word.

What should we do to restore ourselves to God in the moment of sin? 

First, stay calm and keep situational awareness. You may be tempted to make excuses or lie to yourself about what happened. You may hate yourself. None of these responses work; they are tricks. Instead, be honest and try not to get emotional. You have to follow a strategy. 

Second, immediately invoke God’s presence. There are many ways to do this, but the bible is clear that God is in His Holy Word. Memorize a scripture passage that means something and have a talk with your Father. Pray that He appears in your heart and in your life when you say that passage. Do that today. Then, have faith that whatever you ask for in Jesus’s name, He will provide. Step two: Say the Word out loud. 

Third, denounce the sin in the name of Jesus Christ. Then, do everything you can immediately  to make sure it doesn’t happen again. We are told that we need to confess our sins to one another. We need to do that!

The last step is the most important and (strangely) difficult. You must BELIEVE in the outrageous love of Jesus Christ. This is the “Good News” or the “Gospel”: Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world. His blood is sufficient, and you have to believe in order for this to work. 

Daily Battle Order: Memorize and prepare to institute the four steps of restoration: stay calm, return to the Lord immediately, repent/confess, and believe. Use these steps. 

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