Here we are again in a new week. Yet another fresh start to do with what we will.
As I got some fresh fruit at the church carry in dinner, someone told me I was really strong. The fruit was surrounded by a variety of wonderful, tempting desserts. I responded as truthfully as I could. I like sugar a whole lot more than sugar likes me. If I eat it, I may enjoy it momentarily, but then my body responds with pain and that isn’t just momentary. (By the way, it also causes me to break out in fat!) Am I strong, well, most of the time, but sometimes, I give into the temptation and end up paying the price. Is it worth it? Very rarely. Am I strong? Yes, most of the time, but it is never by my own strength. I am strengthened only through the power of my Lord and Savior.
Everyday, we face temptations and trials. Everyday, we have to make the choice of where we place our faith. Is it in ourselves or is it in the only true source of lasting strength and power? Do we really believe God will strengthen us or do we just ask and then go about our merry way, never waiting or listening for an answer? It’s not our battle and God is fully capable and ready to win it for us! We just need to be willing to let Him.
In His light,
The Lord’s Battle
The Daniel Plan
“It is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” —1 Samuel 17:47
Teenage David overcame gigantic Goliath with a slingshot and a few stones. But before he overcame Goliath, he overcame an even bigger enemy: discouragement. First from his older brother, then from King Saul, and finally from Goliath himself. All of them said David couldn’t do it.
David persevered, not because he believed in himself, but because he believed in God. Your goals for getting healthy do not depend solely on you. Turn them over to God and let him wage the battle for you.
If you are ever feeling discouraged, think of what David was able to do with his slingshot. Picture him standing up to the people who said it couldn’t be done. Pray for courage like David’s. God will empower you as you trust in him. You will be able to say, like David, “This is the Lord’s battle.”
Food for Thought: If you have been visited by discouragement, don’t let it stand in your way. God is ready to accompany you to battle.