January 31, 2013

God’s Battle

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- January 31, 2013

“The Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands. 1 Samuel 17:47, NASB

Life is full of opportunities to do battle on behalf of the Lord. Engagement with fear is a spiritual skirmish waiting to happen, but the Spirit flushes out fear and defeats it with faith. Anger is always set to ambush and battle its foes, but patient forgiveness sees it coming and bypasses its ugly assault. Pride is lurking to pounce on the strong and successful, but humble prayer pushes back relentless reinforcements from hell. Indeed, enemies of God are brought down by God.

What battle are you facing that has the best of you? Is it a health issue? Then cry out to your ultimate Healer, Jesus. Is it relational conflict? Then submit to Christ who can restore broken relationships. Perhaps you face a financial giant; go to God and seek godly counsel with transparency and trust, asking both for wisdom and accountability. Heaven has the assistance you need through saints on earth. Look for the Lord’s resources from those who love Him and you.

“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15

Our true battle is not with who or what we see, but with the unseen powers and principalities who seek to soil our faith in the Lord. The enemy Satan speaks lies to our minds so we meander around the most meaningful, and struggle with feeling insignificant. However, the truth of God dissolves the devil’s deceptions and replaces them with clarity and confidence in Christ. The war in the heavenlies has already been won, so enlist in the Lord’s army. Your battle is His battle.

Therefore, be bold as you battle with the weapons of the Lord’s wisdom and not the foolishness of man. Fire God’s gun of grace with bullets of belief, not blanks of unbelief. Shoot at the ultimate enemy, not at the messenger who is only the bearer of bad news. Take your smooth stone of spiritual service and sling it toward Satan. God directs your efforts to defeat the enemy!

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

Prayer: Lord Jesus, keep me engaged with Your Spirit and power to battle for me.

Related Readings: 1 Samuel 2:9; Psalm 44:6-7; Hosea 1:7; 2 Chronicles 14:11

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  1. Judy Fudala says:

    Would it be possible for you to put up a print friendly version of your message. Sometimes I like to copy your message if it goes along with what is going on in my life but it takes 3 sheets of paper. Thanks!

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  2. Keith Boone says:

    Much needed thank you!

  3. That so true the battle of rthe mind.

  4. Frances Altman via Facebook says:

    This is so true!

  5. Beth Imlay Roth via Facebook says:

    Amen!


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