Ever have one of those days? You know, the kind of day where you wake up and you are already exhausted before you open your eyes and put both feet on the floor. We don’t always call these days out for what they are, but let’s be real, they are a battle! Anything that distracts our mind, heart and soul from the peace found daily in God’s truth can quickly build into weeks, months and seasons of life where we catch ourselves in spiritual battles that rage without restraint.
We are called to be strong and courageous, but when the battlefield ahead of us feels overwhelming we often forget that we have the full armor of God hanging out in the back of our coat closets ready for us to throw on and move forward.
Before we retreat, here are three simple truths to keep us ready for battle:
1. I am not alone
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”—Joshua 1:9.
Truth: we are not alone! Our battles can often feel like solo missions that draw us out of community, out of peace and into isolation, but God is here reminding us that He will be with us wherever we go. Whether our battlefield is in our living rooms or following us into our cubicles, where we go, we do not go alone.
2. Joy is my strength
“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength”—Nehemiah 8:10.
Truth: we are strong in the Lord. Let joy be our not-so-secret weapon. When we exercise joy, we are only growing stronger in the truth that our joy comes from the Lord, and this joy is unshakeable, unstoppable and capable of taking down any army that comes against us.
3. God has already won
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”—John 16:33.
Truth: the battle has already been won. The victory is already ours because our victory is found in the one who has overcome the world. Take heart in knowing that our battles are at the center of God’s affection and attention.
We are not alone, we are strong and the battle has already been won. When we cover ourselves in truth, our battles become exercises that draw us deeper into faith and build our confidence to greet the day, eager to experience God’s faithfulness at work.