Every day challenges arise that try to move us away from God's plan and purpose for our lives. We are often tempted to give into the pride of our own hearts, relying on ourselves rather than fully relying on God. Unfortunately, these decisions will put us in a position to lose the battles that often come our way. If we are to see victory over the obstacles we are facing, it will take learning the battle strategy from the One who knows best. God has strategic weapons to dismantle every attack of the enemy.

We find this true throughout the Old Testament readings. Joshua won the battle of Jericho by marching around the city seven times (Joshua 6:1-20). Gideon was told he had too many men for the battle Judges 7:2-7). Jehoshaphat was told by the prophet of the Lord, ”you will not have to fight in this battle, the Lord will fight for you” (2 Chronicles 20:17). As you can see from these accounts, God does not fight like we fight. His weapons are much greater than ours. They are weapons of mass destruction — tearing down every stronghold, piercing between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. He exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

Today, instead of cowering down to the enemy of doubt, fear and insecurity, or instead of giving into the temptation to quit, I encourage you to fight back! Stand and gird yourself with the full armor of God. Endure hardness as a good soldier and see those very obstacles demolished in your path.

Father, thank you for joining us in battle. Too often, we fight from a place of our own strength — not fully relying on, leaning into, and trusting in you. As we begin to change course, thank you for your patience with us. Thank you for your power being made perfect in our times of weaknesses. May we look to you when we are weak to help us win the victory in every area of our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Go Deeper — Take a moment and list the areas you have trouble submitting to God for the help you need. As you do, list go-to Scriptures on submitting to the Lord that you can meditate upon.

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