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Army Advantage

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 ESV

“So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and  him. There was no sword in the hand of David.” 1 Samuel 17:50 

Build Walls or Strike Back?

When battle strikes our instincts can be to either build walls or strike back. We often forget who the battle belongs to and that as Christians we have an advocate who fights for us. We need only to trust in Him.

“The Lord will fight for you and you have only to be silent”

Exodus 14:14

What Battles Are You Facing?

What battles are you fighting? Are you fighting for your health? For disease that seems impossible to overcome? For your marriage that seems to be failing? Finances that are slow in coming each month? or a crumbling family?

Our battles are personal and some seem constant. It may seem that we are paddling hard just to stay afloat. We may be sinking into deep depression, losing our faith and feeling like we are failing miserably.

We may not want to admit to anyone, especially ourselves, that we need help.

Dear friend I’ve been here, I’ve come through many a battle and some I came through the hard way, having not trusted God. I fought my own way without Him and they were the battles that did not end well. I dealt with them selfishly. I hurt others along the way as well as damaging myself further.

When I learnt to trust God and reach out to Him, though the process of healing was still long, I wasn’t alone and He fought for me, guiding my actions. Don’t forget, we also have others to help us in situations we are finding difficult. Sometimes this may be a professional guiding our healing process and helping us work through our issues.

It’s Okay To Need Help When We’re Not Okay.

Some of us are lucky to have family and friends that can be there with us when battle strikes. We are only human and our flesh can and will fail us. Use your anchor.

Seven years ago I faced giant battles and I really wasn’t myself that year. Once I’d come out of that dark swirl storm I wrote this on reflection:

“When battle strikes and you know Him, your weapon is one of defence and you won’t even need to fight, just stand firm your ground, you’re never alone, your battle is won!”

God delivered me from that challenging time. It wasn’t easy and I needed plenty of guidance from others but I got there.

“Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” 

Ephesians 6:11

We needn’t fear what comes against us, we need to stand firm in our faith. God knows the whole situation. Though we feel overwhelmed looking at our circumstances, He sees the whole picture and He sees the way out for us. We need to let God have control and fight the battle we’re facing. He has promised that He is with us and that He will bring us through.

“When you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

Isaiah 43:2 

I’m just coming out of a pretty big storm that lasted over a year for our family, but when I rode the waves knowing God was in control, it helped me to find inner peace and light in the situation we faced. Holding the rope isn’t always easy, but without it we’d surely drown.

God cares so much about you and your situations and your battles, he will bear the weight of them! Give your burdens and battles to Him. What baggage do you need to give to him today? Will you ask him to fight for you?

This song has spoken absolute volumes to me recently and I wanted to share it with you.

May He Bring you peace and calm your seas as you seek His help to deliver you through your storms. I believe they are there to test us and help us grow and there aren’t any real quick fixes, but work through them with your feet on the ground. Remember it’s okay to need help and ask for it. A battle cannot be faced alone and we need our army surrounding us in times of need. 

 

5 Comments

  • Julie Povall

    A very deeply moving piece of writing that shows such strength of character and a heart attuned to God and his plans and purposes for your life. Though a personal reflection, this is affirmative and uplifting.

  • M L

    I particularly like that you advocate reaching out for professional help and seeking support from friends. Mental health awareness is so important. Thank you.

  • Sophie Phillips

    Humbly written from a place of experience, makes this devotion easy to connect with. Keep walking forward strongly sister.

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