God Always Wins the Battle Devotional Reading and Podcast
“The Lord is a Man of War; the Lord is his name.” —Exodus 15:3
Surrendering our hearts to Jesus places us in the Army of the Lord. Every day, Christian soldiers face the battles of spiritual warfare, disappointments, and unexpected hardships. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
To prevent discouragement from life’s challenges Jesus forewarned us that we would have many tribulations. The word tribulation is defined as a state of great trouble or suffering. To be honest, most of us sink into the despair of disappointment or grief when we face hardships. Yet, our Fearless Lord is aware that our first response will be emotional.
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” —Matthew 11:28
Jesus is compassionate and long-suffering. We are not expected to be stoic—a person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings. Yet as soldiers in the Army of the Lord, we have a Mighty Commander—Jesus Christ who we can rely on. Jesus describes Himself as Lord, a Man of War!
Even so, Jesus also gives us another description of Himself, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls…” (Matthew 11:29).
Let’s analyze why we cannot get beyond our emotional responses when surrounded by life’s challenges. The Number One [and only] Reason: We do not know who our Commander, Jesus Christ is and what He is capable of doing. Without studying the Bible, and learning who Jesus is, we can’t have faith and trust in Him nor do we understand His love and Divine power.
The Outcome of our Knowledge Deficit: We do not feel close to Christ because He is a stranger. Without a heart-to-heart relationship, sadly, we miss out on enjoying the peace and reassurance that Jesus is always with us throughout the duration of our tribulations. The good news is that we do not have to stay in the dilemma of not knowing Christ.
“…Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household. ” Acts 16:3, NIV
It’s you and me standing in the need of Jesus, our Savior and the Lord, a Man of War to fight our battles. Having a relationship with Christ requires faith—believing He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus says, “Learn of me.” Until we put God first in our lives by staying in His presence through daily worship [praying and studying the Scriptures], we will not become dependent on Christ.
What will it take for us to make prayer our first response when facing tribulations? Just like military recruits who pledge allegiance to their country, accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior is a covenant vow. Tell yourself, I can do nothing without Christ. With a humble heart, we acknowledge our dependency on Jesus by involving Him in every aspect of our lives.
Pray often! Much prayer brings much power into our lives. Have little talks with Jesus throughout your day. Prayer and learning God’s promises not only strengthen our faith and trust during hardships, but we also stop worrying. We begin to notice a change in our mindset. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Depending on Christ changes our outlook. When challenges come into our lives, we don’t give up, we remain steadfast and maintain our hope. Yes, we gain confidence as we do our part in building a meaningful relationship with Christ. Our goal is to become dependent on His supernatural strength as we live courageously despite tribulations.
Although spiritual growth is silent, our love for Christ flourishes and we grow closer to our Lord, the Man of War. Whether it is a short trial or a long journey of tribulation, we will immediately cry out “Lord, I desperately need Your help. Do not let these overwhelming waves of tribulations drown me!”
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might” (Ephesians 6:10).
Prayer: Lord, we need You every day in this earthly journey of life. We surrender our hearts to You and pray for the strength to accept our position as a soldier in Your Army. In Jesus’ Mighty Name, we pray. Amen.
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