The Battle is the Lord's
I Samuel 17:47
And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD'S, and He will give you into our hands.
It never ceases to amaze me that when people from other countries come to visit Pennsylvania they want to see Gettysburg, where the famous battle was fought. Every country has its own famous battle grounds-Iwo Jima, Waterloo, Montezuma--yet the most frequently fought battles don't make the headlines nor find their place in history books, but they are those that are fought each day in our hearts and minds.
Every one of us battles temptation daily. It may be in wanting to take something that doesn't belong to you, to cheat in a difficult situation, or to lie to avoid getting in trouble. Perhaps temptation comes in the form of words that shouldn't be spoken, or attitudes of bitterness and anger. We are tempted in many different ways, and what tempts one person may not at all be a problem for another. Satan knows your weaknesses and your desires so he knows exactly what kind of temptation to place in front of you.
Young David battled a nine-foot giant, yet he didn't give in to fear because he trusted in God, (I Samuel 17). Goliath never had a chance in that battle! You and I can have the same success as we face the battle of temptation. The first step is to recognize the enemy. What is it that tempts you? Where is your area of weakness? The next step is to remember that you do not fight in your own strength, but in God's.
The bad news is that you and I are at war every day battling thoughts, attitudes and actions that pull us away from God. The good news is that whatever battle we are facing, God has a way of escape, (I Corinthians 10:13). Let's call on Him for deliverance!
Almighty God, time and time again You delivered Your people Israel from trouble and tragedy and made them triumphant. Thank You that Your power extends to me now. Help me to turn to You when I battle temptation and trust You to fight for me.
By Ann Shorb
©Copyright Ann Shorb, 2006
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