David said to the Philistine, “you come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies in Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I ‘ll strike you down and cut off your head.” 1 Sam 17:45-46a
As David cries out his challenge to the Philistine, he gives credit to the Lord for the victorious battle about to happen. He is confident that the Lord will deliver him from the hands of the Philistine. He knows that it is God who can do all things for His people and that David has little to do with it, except be His instrument of His purpose.
When I am out and about each day, do I allow God to win my victories or am I trying to accomplish these things on my own. It doesn’t matter what it is in life, whether trouble with a co-worker, trouble with your boss, trouble with your spouse or just trouble in general do we call upon God to fight our battles? I know I have to, because of my hot-headed nature and my keen ability to see only myself and what benefits me in my flesh.
It is only God that can overcome the flesh inside of me so that I may be ready to do His will in my life. So that person that cuts me off in line or that person that simply has it in for me does not become my enemy but a challenge for the Lord. God will fight these battles and win the victory for souls in this world and not for the pride of men.
The battle with-in are the same. When the flesh gets to talkin, I know that I am not allowing the Spirit to fight my battles. I am trying to do these things on my own. However, when I remember my past victories, where the Spirit has removed temptation, I gain confidence and know that the Lord can defeat sin in me and that I can serve Him as His instrument in my own life. I must gain control over all aspects of my life, which means I must allow God, through the Spirit, to fight these battles both inside and out.
Today, let’s let the Spirit take control over our thoughts, our emotions, and our bodies. Let’s let Him do the fighting while I just sit back and see the victories come in. Let’s be like David in the battle with Goliath and proclaim the victory over the flesh to the Glory of the Lord.
God is my Victor,