He Is The Lifter Of My Head, Part I
by Stephanie Olson, Co-founder Set Me Free Ministries
“You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.” (Psalm 3:3 NKJV) What a beautiful scripture and what assurance! God is a shield for us, and He is the lifter of our head!
I wrote a blog last week called In My Weakness. In that blog, I shared how there are certain things in my life that can hold me back from full victory in Christ. We all have those strongholds in our lives that we have trouble keeping in check. But I thought it was important this week and next to discuss how to truly live a victorious life.
You see, if we have truly turned away from our sins (our old life) and turned toward Christ, we have the victory already. If we have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, it is important to know that He has already won the battle. In fact, He ultimately won that battle for us more than 2000 years ago when He sacrificed His life and died on the cross.
Now, it’s important to understand that we have an enemy. A real enemy, Satan, who will do anything to see that we live in misery. Why? Because if we are miserable, we aren’t leading anyone to Jesus. If we are living without victory, we look just like the world. Why would anyone want Jesus?
Satan is certainly not creative, but he is consistent, and he knows what buttons to push. He knows what our weaknesses are. Because of that, we have to be honest with ourselves and with the Lord in order to fight the battle.
Hebrews 12:1-2 tells us, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” (NLT)
What is the weight that slows us down? That weight is the sin in our lives. Sin is serious business, and God doesn’t take it lightly. God is a Holy God that requires righteousness from His people. But how can we be righteous? When we became children of God by giving our lives to Christ, He gave us His robe of righteousness! We are righteous in God through Jesus Christ. And our scripture above tells us that we must stay in the race “by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” Praise God! Look what it says. Jesus endured the cross, ignoring the shame of the cross, because He loves us!
When we fight this battle, we are not fighting people, we are not fighting ourselves, and we are not even fighting our sins. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (NIV)
Jesus doesn’t throw us into the battle on our own. Next week we’ll look at He Is the Lifter of My Head, Part II to see exactly how the battle is fought. Throughout this week, keep in mind that we don’t do this alone. As Jesus tells us in Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”