Do you ever watch those epic battles in Lord of the rings, or read about the battles fought in the old testament and think how cool it would be to fight like that and win over the enemy?
Do you ever picture yourself with a huge sword in hand charging ahead to fight the foes that oppose you?
I see those battles and read of them and think about how courageous and heroic the warriors are. How strong and unyielding in their conviction to give their lives for what is right and good and true.
In reality, those brave souls had to learn to fight like that. They didn’t become warriors overnight. Swinging a sword, or shooting an arrow takes skill and lots of practice.
If I walked onto a battlefield with a sword, I wouldn’t know the first thing about how to wield it, let alone actually be able to kill someone with it. I don’t have the strength to pull back my son’s bow, let alone hit a target with the arrow. You wouldn’t want me in a battle next to you. I’d be worthless.
But give me a few years to master the art and I would be a force to be reckoned with!
The same is true in our lives. We face battles everyday.
- Battles with unseen forces
- Battles with our past
- Battles with our future
- Battles with our egos
- Battles with God
You and I fight battles everyday, even in our work. Are you struggling with a difficult boss or co-worker? Are you fighting a battle with fear over your future employment? Are you warring against spiritual darkness in your workplace? God can use all of those battles in your life.
It may not look like the battle is being won, but God is always teaching you how to conquer.
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And each time that God gives us the power to conquer, He brings us a new battle. A harder one. One that challenges us in different ways than the battles before. Why? He wants us to learn to conquer.
Every trial, every temptation, every victory is designed by God, just for us. He wants us to learn to conquer. As we learn to conquer, we get stronger and better equipped to face the next battle.
God is making you into a formidable opponent. He is crafting you into a strong weapon that can fight and win for His team. He wants you to learn to conquer.
David didn’t start his battle career with an army, he started alone in a field. He didn’t have his first battle when he struck Goliath with a stone from his sling. He had it when he fought a bear and a lion with his bare hands.
As David learned to conquer and believe that God was the one who helped him conquer, he was able to bravely face the next battle with confidence. David learned to conquer.
Maybe you don’t think of yourself as the conquering type. Here’s a truth from scripture that says otherwise:
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
If you belong to Christ, you are a conqueror by default. It doesn’t matter if you feel like one, look like one or act like one, you are one to God. In fact, you are more than a conqueror. You are a super conqueror.
Our imaginations tend to romanticize battles. We project beauty where there is death, and envision courage where there is fear.
But God’s battles always bring about growth and trust in Him, and dependence, and strength….
…IF, we are willing to learn to conquer.
What about you?
What battles are you facing today?
Are you ready to conquer?