Today's Devotional Thought
August 12, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
I don't know about y'all, but it seems like it takes a few rounds of mistakes, stumblings, and failures for God to teach me lessons in life. Just when I think I have exited a season where he has grown me in some area, I find myself back in a situation that tests that growth. And, if it is early in my growth in that area, I don't do so well.
And I hear the Lord say, "Let's try this again."
Maybe it's just me, but I don't like that revolving door of lesson learning. When I keep stumbling in an area, it leaves me feeling embarrassed, frustrated with myself, and just flat out weary of it. And I am tempted to think that I'll never get it.
And I hear Satan say, "Just give up. It's not worth the fight. You'll never be what you're supposed to be."
So, what do you do? Do you abandon the fight in that area of your life? Do you settle for being however you're going to be because it is too hard to be otherwise? Do you stand embarrassed, frustrated, and weary in front of the Lord and say, "It's just too hard to change that area. I give up."
In 2 Timothy 4, Paul writes the following to Timothy: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (v. 7). In fact, in a couple of other places in his letters to Timothy, he talks about fighting the battle well and is encouraging Timothy to do the same.
Because Paul knows how hard it is to live this life well and he wants to encourage Timothy with full disclosure that it is going to be a battle to be and do everything he is being asked to be and do.
A battle with the enemy.
A battle with your own fleshly nature that is resistant to change oftentimes.
Friends, the Lord wants to grow you so that you can be an effective representative for him. That growth is going to be hard. It is going to be a battle. And our flesh is going to be tempted to give up on it.
Don't give up.
Don't expect any less than a battle today. Satan wants to destroy you, disable you, and discourage you in your battle towards Christlikeness because if you succumb to his discouragement, you will abandon the good fight and lose faith.
And souls won't hear about the saving power of Jesus Christ.
Friends, don't give up. In the words of Paul, keep fighting to finish the race strong. If you stumble, get right back up and walk towards the victory line reserved just for you.
It is a battle. God knows that. So, fight for it.