There’s no doubt about the fact that we are strong people. However, that doesn’t mean that we can achieve all of our goals and overcome all of our obstacles alone. In fact, it is incredibly important that we remember to trust in God to guide us when the path ahead looks difficult. By depending on His strength and His love for us, we are able to accomplish even more fantastic feats than we ever could have dreamed.
Here are 3 ways to rely on the Lord for your toughest battles:
- Visualize the path. Sometimes, it may be challenging to see how God could possibly guide you down the treacherous road to success. In fact, you may even begin to lose hope and doubt His greatness because the obstacles ahead appear insurmountable. During these worries, make an effort to envision the glorious ways of God, His unwavering power, and His overwhelming love for you. When Joshua did this, for example, he was able to visualize how the Lord was going to safely lead a caravan carrying the Ark of the Covenant across the Jordan River, despite its flooded state. So, the next time you need to rely on God to help you surmount seemingly unbeatable odds, remember these words: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)
- Act through His strength. Some battles you are faced with may seem absolutely impossible, and you might be tempted to simply admit defeat. This was surely how Joshua felt when God commanded him to Canaan, a town reportedly inhabited by giants. Yet instead of cowering in the face of almost sure defeat, Joshua marched on the city because God was by his side. He was confident that the battle would be won and the giants would fall with God on the battlefield. While Joshua most likely would have lost battle if left to his own devices, the Lord’s strength overpowered every obstacle in Joshua’s way. When you need to remind yourself that your toughest battles will be won through God’s power, think of these words: “No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live…I will not fail you or abandon you.” Joshua 1:5 (NLT)
- Send God an invitation. Although God will always go to bat for you and, with His power, will ensure your success, you must first invite God into your situation for His glorious resolution to take effect. We struggle in a variety of ways—everyday job stress, family crises, the sale of a home, conflicts with friends—and God wants to help you with every single one. To do that, you have to commune with Him. Write Him a letter, send Him a prayer, or simply spill it all out in your journal, and you will be overjoyed both at His answer to your problem and with the deepening connection between you. To recall the importance of opening yourself up to God so He can fight your battles with you, by your side, remember these words: “My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 (ESV)
Today, turn your blues to blessings by relying on God during your battle.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped.” Psalm 28:7 (ESV)
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