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Friday, April 26, 2013

A Winning Combination

1 Chronicles 20:1, 2 Samuel 11:1-12:25, Psalm 51, 2 Samuel 5:14-16, 1 Chronicles 14:3-7, 1 Chronicles 3:5-9
I frequently counsel with people and usually the reason they come to me, or any other person for that matter, is because they have something in their life they are trying to overcome.
I try my best to help, give advice, pray for and encourage them but because I can always see the look of, Once I get this beat in my life, life is going to be great on their face I let them know one of the biggest lessons I have learned in my life- Once you conquer the battle in your life right now, there is always another one waiting for you.
Sounds pretty depressing doesn’t it?  But it is so true.
BUT, what we gain from our battles is so much greater than what we lose.  It is in our fighting that we learn
  • God’s faithfulness
  • Patience
  • Perseverance
  • How to give thanks IN everything
  • That God, who is for us in our battles, is greater than ANYTHING that would ever come fighting against us
  • And so much more!!
However, there is a kicker to all this, it means that we can not be passive in life, we have to always be on guard for the next punch the enemy may swing at us.
As we read today, King David, the great warrior was not sitting on ready, in fact he let his guard and defenses down.
He was at home at a time when kings normally go out to war (1 Chron 20:1) strolling on his rooftop after an afternoon siesta.
And the enemy swung, and David was not ready, and the rest is forever a part of his history. David, the man after God’s own heart, stole, murdered and lied.
The battle you are facing right now is not going to be your last one. This was not David’s last one. But how you choose to fight it will determine #1 the outcome and #2 the next one.
If you stay alert (1 Peter 5:8) and learn from this one, the next one will be easier to win.
Not because we have mastered anything, but because God is the master over everything.  Including our battles.
He is fighting for you.
The least we can do is fight for us too.
And as I tell the people I counsel, refuse to let the enemy win.
You + God = A winning combination!!
Now let’s go fight!!

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