Winning the battle (2)
If we want to win our battles, we need to make sure we have a humble attitude. So we need to admit our own weaknesses. It might seem a little strange to be focused on our weaknesses when we’re facing a battle, but if we don’t think we need God’s help then He can’t help us. He doesn’t force anything on us, but responds when we come humbly to Him. King Jehoshaphat said, ‘We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.’ Often our eyes are on everything and everyone – except God, the One who can solve our problems. We need to keep our eyes on God if we want to win our battles. God says it’s ‘not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit’ (Zechariah 4:6 NIV). We can’t live the Christian life in our own strength because we designed to need God’s strength. We need the power that comes from letting God’s Spirit live through us. Jesus said, ‘You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you’ (Acts 1:8 NKJV). Jesus often spoke of the Holy Spirit as ‘the Helper’, so when we don’t know what to do, we need to stand on His promise: ‘The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name…will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you’ (John 14:26 NKJV). We need to acknowledge that we need help; we can’t do everything on our own. If we fight in our own strength, we’ll lose. But when we rely on the power of God’s Spirit that’s within us, we’ll win.
Spend some time admitting to God, and yourself, that you can’t win the battle you’re facing in your own strength. Ask for God’s help and strength.
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