Daily Devotional for Saturday September 3, 2005

It is Easy to Quit, it Takes Courage to Fight

(Hebrews 10:32)

TODAY?S MESSAGE is one that you will want to share with everyone that you know. It is a message of hope, a message of encouragement, and a message of VICTORY over the battles we all face in this life! ?Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.? ? (Joshua 1:9 NIV)

As you can imagine, the vast majority of the 40,000+ emails to Liveprayer are from people fighting the battles of this life ? relationship problems, health issues, financial concerns, some sort of bondage, the death of someone they loved, legal cases, employment and school issues ? the entire gamut of battles we all face during our journey through this life. Most people are looking to God for their hope and strength knowing that He is their answer. However, many come ready to give up and to quit.

My friend, let me share a word with you this morning that I pray will encourage you as you fight your daily battles. I realize guys like Tony Robbins and the self-help gurus make millions of dollars to tell people what I am about to share with your for free. It may seem like a very simple and basic word, but when you fully comprehend it, it can be the difference between you living a defeated life or living a life of VICTORY.

When you face the battles of this life, it is easy to quit. It takes no skill to give up. The spineless and gutless run. Cowards are people who when faced with life?s challenges, let fear paralyze them into doing nothing. When you face the battles of this life, it takes courage to fight. It takes guts to face the battles life brings our way and not back down. VICTORY ONLY COMES TO THOSE WHO ARE BRAVE ENOUGH TO STAND AND FIGHT! YOU CAN?T WIN IF YOU DON?T FIGHT!

The key is knowing that our strength to fight comes from the Lord. It is our faith in Christ that gives us the ability to stand and fight the battles of this life. When Goliath was taunting the armies of Israel, the mighty men of Israel?s army cowered in their tents as the heathen giant blasphemed God. They simply lacked the faith in God to fight this Philistine warrior. David, a mere shepherd boy did not hesitate for a second to take on Goliath. He had no doubt that he would win because the Lord was with him. David had FAITH that God would lead him to victory and armed with that faith, he went out and slew the giant!

How many of you today cower in your homes in the face of great battles that need to be fought? Others who are facing those exact same battles are out there living in victory because they exercised their faith in Christ! You see, what it boils down to is having the faith in the Lord that He will help you fight and get victory over whatever battles life may throw your way. Jesus told His disciples that in this world they would have trials and tribulations. He then went on to tell them to ?be of good cheer? because He had already overcome this world. What that means is that as you put your hope and faith in Christ, He will give you the strength to stand and fight the battles of life and be victorious.

I love you and care about you so much. I know many of you are facing great battles in your life. I am honored that God has allowed me to be here each day to stand with you and help encourage you to not quit but keep fighting. My word for you today is that there is VICTORY IN JESUS! He is your hope and strength and when you trust the Lord, He will lead you to victory over whatever battle you may have to face during this life. When you have Christ, the ONLY way to lose is to quit.

I will be praying for you today. Praying that you will be encouraged to keep pressing on in fighting the battles you are facing today and will face tomorrow. If you know Christ as your Savior, He will give you the strength to not only stand and fight, but to be victorious. It is easy to quit, it takes courage to fight. ?Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.? ? (1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV)