victory is yours
How does one prepare for a battle?
Do you run and hide from the war that's waging with defeat already in mind?
Or do you begin to prepare for what's coming by seeking out every resource you can think of?
The enemy often steps in to discourage us, making things difficult for us, blocking our view of what's in front of us.
The enemy has success in our weak spots and he hangs onto those areas as long as he can, but we can stop him. Once we become aware of our weak spots and rely on God's strength, the enemy will begin to slip away, losing any grip he once had.
In our battles, it's also helpful to look back at God's faithfulness and all that he has already brought you through. He is a God who is always faithful, one who is so SO good. When David went against Goliath, he didn't choose to do this because he was just feeling really strong one day, but he remembered that God was always with him. David knew that "the Lord who delivered [him] from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will deliver [him] from the hand of this Philistine." He wouldn't bring you through all of those tough times just to leave you hanging now.
Our God is one who is capable of ALL things, not just some. Satan knows that its easy for us to believe half-truths over blatant lies, so he often whispers doubts in our heads that are easy to believe. He whispers that yes, God can do a lot of things, but not all things. In Genesis, we see an obvious example of this. We know that God said to not eat from a certain tree, but yet Satan twisted His words so that Eve believed it was okay. We will see Gods power when we believe He'll give us victory, but if we rely on our own strength, not His, we'll quickly see how inadequate we are.
Every one goes through hard seasons in life, whether that season is only for a few days or lasts a few years, but you don't have to be in this hard, dark place forever. There is life when you let His light shine in....
Sometimes, more often than not, the battle is not ours to fight. God wants us to surrender our lives to Him. To admit that we can't fight every battle all on our own. Perhaps you've been assigned this very mountain to show others that it can be moved! He is a good God capable of unimaginable things.
Step back, and let God move. Begin to believe that you're gonna see a victory because you know that the battle belongs to your God. Each day is a fresh start, take it one moment at a time!
"The Lordwill fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14
"Terrible day, not a terrible life. Hard season, but a beautiful story. Awful chapter, but an amazing book. Perspective is everything. The day Jesus died was the worst and best day in history. It looked like death, but it gave me life. Your mess matters."
"He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lordsays to 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
"To the one who is hurting, wait. There may be suffering in the night but joy comes in the morning. Hold on to hope. Know that He is good. His mercy and grace overflows. It's okay to cry. Jesus was known to cry with those who suffer. He cares. He hears you. He sees your tears and He comforts. You are not alone. There is goodness to come."