No Battle, No Victory

No Battle, No Victory

I’ve noticed that in a few of her posts, Cherie talks about her word for the year as trust. At the beginning of the year, I did a similar thing. After spending time with God I felt that the theme he was impressing on my heart was victory. Shortly after this insight, I overheard someone say ‘no battle, no victory’. I was struck by the accuracy of this statement. Somehow, I neglected to recognize that victory comes from engaging in battle.

What I actually had in mind for victory was God ‘magically’ fixing all my circumstances without me having to lift a finger in battle. While I could possibly get away with lifting a physical finger, I would most definitely have to do some spiritual heavy lifting.

Though we cannot absolve ourselves of battle, we can rest assured because we are fighting from a winning position. What we fight with are the spiritual weapons that have been given to us. We walk in the flesh but we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses (2 Cor. 10: 3-4).We can find rest in the knowledge that Jesus has already won the victory for us. What might seem like a battle already has a decided end.

Looking back over my life, I am amused at all the times I was actually afraid to ask God for a particular characteristic, say patience, for example. I was often afraid to ask for any such thing because I knew that what this meant was that I would have to face situations that would try my patience, so that I could have victory in that area.

The same is true for my word of the year, if I were to claim victory I would have to face battles. My fear of the challenges showed me that I had not fully accepted that all things will work out for my good, whether they are comfortable or not. Paul reminds us in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”.

Battles will come in many shapes and sizes but with each one there is an opportunity to learn a lesson and gain victory. There is no need to hide from our battles even when they hurt. God has promised us that he will fight our battles for us so we can put our trust in him an allow him to give us victory.

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About Latoya Saddler

Child of God, wife, mom of two, Special Education teacher, blogging from the beautiful island of Jamaica. I am also a total bookworm and baker. I love to learn new things and I’m currently teaching myself to speed read. I can be found blogging at Powerful U Blog and on twitter.

Comments

  1. Love this post so much. So many times I have wondered “why” I need to go through things and I don’t often look at them as the battles that are part of this life. All of it is in God’s plan, and it’s so easy to forget that we’re a part of the good and bad and HARD. I loved these thoughts. Thanks for sharing them!

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  2. It really is so easy to forget that both the good and the bad helps to shape us. Thanks for reading Cherie!

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  3. Very timely post for me. A situation in our family has spurred me to making sure my armor is on securely as I go into battle! Prayer, fasting, and being available.

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    Latoya Saddler Reply:

    Praying God will strengthen you and your family during this time. Thanks for reading.

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