I don’t know if you recall a worship song that starts with the words: “It is God who trains my hands for battle, my arms can bend a bow of bronze…” (Psalm 18:34) It’s one of my all time favorite praise songs, and the words never fail to remind me how our human strength is seldom enough to meet life’s biggest challenges. However, there’s a way to find strength that wins…and overcomes. As I read an excerpt on this subject from a book by a favorite pastor and author, I wanted to share with you the power of taking hold of more of God.
The Bible not only reveals to us the nature of God, it also tells the remarkable stories of those who, in their generation, overcame adversity and changed their world. Concerning the lives of these men and women, the writer of Hebrews says,
“And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight” (Heb. 11:32-34).
Repeatedly the divine record affirms for us that, if we will reach true spiritual maturity, we must learn to overcome. Our spiritual rest will be incomplete until we learn to discern the enemy, use Christ’s authority, and persevere in the fight of faith. If we learn our lessons well, we can see the blessing of God restored to our hearts, our families, and even to cities and nations. Do not doubt nor tremble.
Indeed, concerning those who overcame, it says, “from weakness were made strong” and that they became “mighty in war.” (Heb 11:34). Our battles may not be of the caliber of those in Hebrews 11, but they are the battles we must overcome. Therefore, let us put away our passivity and crucify our unbelief. It is not time to recline or hide. No! It is time to take up the love of Christ, use His spiritual authority, and fight for all we hold dear.
The reason most people fail is not because God hasn’t provided for them, it is because their spiritual life is lukewarm and passive. It is time to get your grit back! In this day of advancing evil, it is time to wake up and fight!
The above text is an excerpt adapted from Pastor Frangipane’s best selling book: This Day We Fight and is a book I highly recommend having in your library. If we’re not connected powerfully in faith to solid teaching today, we can end up worn out and unable to stand in the battles of our troubling times and worldwide challenges. Pastor Frangipane’s books are available at: www.frangipane.org | www.arrowbookstore.com Frangipane Ministries, Inc.
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