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I’m not a fighter
If someone is itching for a fight, I’m itching for a resolution. Put me in a boxing ring and I’ll be the one climbing through the ropes to get to safety.
Though I don’t have the heart of a fighter, I am invited to be a warrior.
So are you.
Today’s invitation is to exchange battling for victory to battling from a place of victory.
There’s a huge difference.
If you are fighting for victory, that’s your definition of winning. You put up your dukes. You do what you think needs to be done. You often wonder why you feel so bruised and battered.
Fighting from victory is knowing that you aren’t alone in the fight. You fight like a warrior rather than a scrappy kid in a ring. You don’t enter battle unwise or unaware. You aren’t aiming for a temporary prize. You choose gentleness as your strength, and faith is the condition of your heart.
We receive invitations every day as we walk with Jesus. This one might feel a little vague.
Are we talking big stuff? Little stuff?
Yes, and everything in between. You don’t have to walk around looking for the battle. It will come to you. It might look like discouragement. It might mimic fear. I may look like that woman who looked you up and down, and suddenly you fell “less than.”
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Don’t fight for victory. Fight from a place of victory.
#1 – A warrior doesn’t wait for a battle to be battle-ready
In Luke 4, we see that Jesus walked into battle overflowing with the power of the Holy Spirit. That might seem impossible for us because we’re not Jesus, but it is possible because he lives inside of us.
We don’t have to run on empty and fight our battles with fists and fury, because that’s all we got.
A warrior becomes battle ready as she sits with Jesus. She prays. She carves out a small piece of her day to spend with him. She doesn’t see this time as a chore, but as faith-fuel and life.
Sure, there are days when you feel it, and days that you don’t, but you keep showing up because Jesus promises to meet you there.
That’s what you are doing today as we meet right here. Do you realize that? I’m cheering you on, friend!Our greatest battles are won long before we walk into them. #ComeWithMeDevo #21invitations #livingfreetogether Click To Tweet
When the battle comes, you feel the hit. It’s not easy, but you’re battling from a place of victory.
The Word is in you. You are wise. You are equipped.
#2 – A warrior fights the real enemy
A warrior knows who she is battling, and it’s not people or circumstances. That’s where we get bogged down. That’s where people get injured, even the innocent bystanders.
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7 (NLT)
As a warrior, your first knockout punch is to resist (take a stand against) the enemy.
When I spoke at the Come With Me retreat, I stood in front of the women in that room. I hadn’t planned on saying these words, but they tumbled out. I told the women to put their finger in the air when the enemy struck, and tell him these words.
Not today, enemy. Not tomorrow. Not ever. You don’t get to distract me, or to use others to entangle me in your devious plans.
Truth is your greatest weapon. It’s found in the Word, but it lives in you. You draw it like a sword and cut through lies.
My child is not my enemy. God loves my child and has a plan for her.
I may not know which way to go at this moment, but God promises to give me wisdom and direction.
I am not a loser. I am human, and God will teach me through my mistakes.
I am a work in progress, and my Heavenly Father will complete the work he began in me.
Greater is he who is in me than he that is in the world!
As you fight the real enemy with truth, Jesus also fights on your behalf.
He knows you. He understands your weaknesses and your strengths. He sees what you do not, and rejoices as you trust him.
You, my friend, are a warrior.
21 Life Changing Invitations as We Walk with Jesus
Day #1 invitation – Fight from a place of victory.
- Which of the 4 “Push Out Deeper” verses spoke to you (found in the Come With Me Devo, Day 1)?
- How does fighting a battle in your own strength distract you from God’s best for you?
- Ask God to help you battle from a place of victory. He’s with you. He sees the battle and how tired you are of fighting it on your own. He hears your prayer.
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