Psalm 60:12 Only With God

Tournament victory

With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. Psalm 60:12 

All around the world there are physical battles occurring. People are fighting other people. There are enemies that are out to destroy and conquer other people or groups.

Each one has their own purpose for going into battle. Some are small individuals, completely on their own, while other battles are grand scale, whole nations or larger.

Those who are being attacked will often rise up to fight. They will seek help from others to raise enough power to stop the enemy.

However, there are also many who will just cower and not seek victory against the enemy. They have no one to help them and the enemy is too powerful or big. They just cower in fear.

David had been battling against the nation of Aram. This nation was a very powerful nation and made it difficult to win the battle. David looks to God for strength. He knew that just human power was not enough. With God, he knew that they would gain victory.

Believers no longer have to physically fight an enemy, as David did, but they do have enemies that they must battle on a daily basis. There is the enemy of temptation. This enemy takes on many different forms–lying, cheating, stealing, cursing, being drunk, hatred, violence and more.

These are just the inside battles. Then there are physical battles of sickness, poverty, food, and more in provision, or others physically battling.

In himself, the believer does not have the strength to win the battle. The enemy is too large, too smart, too powerful to win. But with God he can gain the victory. Jesus overcame the greatest power on this earth–death. If He can beat death, then nothing is impossible.

Just like David, you will have battles with the enemy on a regular basis. Some of these enemies will be small and easy to overcome. However, many will be large, formidable enemies with a lot of power.

You do not have to cower in fear, but can seek God for His strength and help. Do not look to man, but to God for your help. He will be there each and every time. He will provide a way out to defeat the enemy.

If you want victory, know that God is right there ready to provide it. You just have to accept His ways of gaining that victory over the enemy.

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will seek God’s help first; that you will rely upon God’s power; and that you will see the victory God can give you. 

Psalm 21:1 Rejoicing In God’s Strength

Roaring lion

The king rejoices in your strength, Lord. How great is his joy in the victories you give! Psalm 21:1 

Usually when a person gets a victory in something, they rejoice in how they accomplished that victory. They are quick to talk about how they did it. Sometimes they feel as though they were lucky in accomplishing that victory, while most of the time, they feel as though they earned the victory.

Those who have been successful in accomplishing victories often feel as though they are strong and can do most anything. The world likes to look at self as the one who can do it, without the help of anyone else. Many will even look down on those who have done a great victory with the help of others as being weaker.

David was a king who had many different victories in his life. There were so many battles won, that people talked about his great victories. Yet, he realized that it was not his strength that won the victories, but it was God’s great strength. He gave God the credit for winning the victories.

Believers understand where their abilities and strength comes from. They do not look, or should not look, at themselves, but towards God. It is God who created and sustains all things. It is God who gives every person the ability to do what he does.

Since this is the case, it is, then, God who gives victory also. It is God’s power working through the believer to accomplish any task or to win any battle.

When Jesus left the earth, He sent back His Holy Spirit to give the believer strength, wisdom, direction and abilities.

Instead of rejoicing or boasting in one’s own strength, the believers should be rejoicing in God’s strength. Man, in and of himself, is weak and will fail, but with God will gain great victories.

As you go through your days, look to God for His strength to accomplish any victory needed. As you win battles in your life, realize that it is God doing the winning. It is God who has given you the strength to accomplish what you did.

Now rejoice in His strength and victory. Let the world know that it was God who did it, not yourself. Let the world know that it was God who gave you strength and victory. This is giving God praise for what He does in and through you.

I pray today that God will give you victory over battles; that you will see God’s strength in your life; that you will know you cannot do anything without God’s strength; and that you will give God praise for His work in your life. 

Psalm 20:6 God Gives Victory

Gaining victory

Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. Psalm 20:6 

Everyone wants to have victory in everything that they do or tackle. They want to win in the end. Although everyone wants to win, the majority do not feel as if they are winning. Watching other people causes them to often think that they are losing the battle.

As things go wrong and do not go the way a person thinks they should go, most people think they have lost the victory and are a failure. At this point many will give up and not try any more. This is losing the battle and is failure.

David learned that God gives victory to those who are anointed. God always answers and gives the needed victorious power to overcome.

It is common for believers to struggle with the thought that they have been given victory. They see things happening in their life that does not appear to be victory but defeat. God does not appear to answer their cries for help.

Some will say that this is only about Jesus and not about them. They forget that as a believer they are anointed by God. They are anointed with His Holy Spirit, so they can have victory.

Yet, if they stay focused on trusting God and His direction in their lives, they will begin to see that there is victory all the time. Walking through a difficult situation with joy and head held high is victory. Walking through a difficult situation knowing that God is in control of it is victory. Turning away from any sinful temptation is a victory. Being a witness is a victory.

Faith in God will ultimately result in the perfect victory of eternal life in heaven with God.

God has given you victory. He has won the war for you. All you need to do is trust Him and follow Him daily. Know that God is in control and wants you to win every time.

Ask God to open your eyes to the daily victories in your life, the little steps that move you forward in your journey with God. Do not be discouraged when things don’t go your way or the way you think they should go, God is in control and is doing the best for you. You have victory in Jesus!

I pray today that you will know God is in control; that you will have faith in God; that God will reveal to you His victory in your life; that you will know the strength God has for you; and that you will walk in the victory of Jesus.

Joshua 10:42 All Because Of God

Knight on a horse

All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, because the LORD, the God of Israel, fought for Israel. Joshua 10:42 

Battles are fought all the time by people everywhere in the world. Some battles are small with just person to person, while others are larger. The levels of the battles can go from individual battles to whole nations or even continents. These battles can also be just words of fighting to thousands of people getting killed.

In each of these battles there is always someone or a group who is leading the fighting. They are giving the directions and guidance as to how to fight and win the battle.

Joshua had been leading the people into the various battles to take over the land of Canaan as God had promised to the Israelites. God had given the direction to go in and destroy every city and everyone in those cities.

As the Israelites were fighting, they were also winning all of the battles. At one point five different kings came up together against the Israelites. In a single campaign, Joshua was able to defeat each of those kings. However, he did not take the credit for winning the battles. He knew that they had won the battles because God had fought for them.

Without God on their side, they would not have won the battles.

Every day believers are also in various battles. They are battling against sin in their own lives, they are battling for the souls of family members, friends, neighbors, and enemies. While the battles may seem personal and the believer is the leader of the battle, it is not the person who wins the battle, it is God.

God is the one who goes with the believer into battle. It is God who gives the strength to win and overcome the enemy.

In your life you will go through some battles. Some will be physical, while the majority will be spiritual. Allow God to guide you in these battles. Allow God to be the one to win the battle with and for you.

Then understand as a battle is won, it was not you had won the battle on your own, but it was God who won the battle. It is God who gives you strength and ability to overcome the enemy.

God is on your side, in that He wants only the best for you–to be like Jesus. This is why He will fight for you. Trust God to win the battles in your life.

I pray today that you will know God’s strength in your life; that you will give God credit for winning battles; that you will allow God to guide you in the battles in your life; and that you will see God’s victory in your life.

Exodus 17:15 The Lord Is Our Banner

banner of three crosses

Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. Exodus 17:15

Everywhere a person looks he can see banners being flown or set up. Banners are a sign of someone or something of some importance. It is wanted to be known that the person or entity is there.

Flags of nations are the most common banners to be seen world-wide. Yet, there are millions of other banners showing businesses or organizations. Many organizations have their own flag or sign that they put up everywhere signaling who they and that they are there.

When the banner is removed, it is a sign that the person or organization has moved out. They are no longer there. It has been taken down.

Moses and the Israelites were fighting against the Amalekites. As long as Moses had his hands raised, they were winning. As soon as his hands dropped, they would lose the battle. After they had won the battle, he built an altar to God and called it “The Lord is my Banner”.

In order for the Israelites to win the war, Moses had to raise his hands to God. It was a surrender to God’s will and power. The Israelites could not win the battle on their own, it was God’s battle. God’s banner had to be lifted up to let the world, the Amalekites, know that He was there and was fighting the battle.

Often people try to fight the battle on their own. They think that they can win the battle. They take down God’s banner and do not allow His presence in their lives. Many believers have fallen for this problem. They forget to lift up God’s banner and accept Him into their situation in their life. They try to do it on their own, and get defeated.

As a believer, you must always allow God to be in the center of your life. Raise His banner high and let the world know that He is there and is in control. Do not be ashamed of Jesus and hide His banner. He is the great general who will win every battle in this life.

There is no battle so great in your life that Jesus cannot overcome. When you remove His banner, you are saying that you are the one in control and can win the battle on your own. You will fail.

Raise the banner of Jesus for the world to see.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will raise God’s banner up in your life; that you will let everyone know God is in control; and that you will trust God to win the battles in your life