Thursday, November 29, 2012

"Winning Over Smaller Enemies"

"Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts." Zechariah 4:6
Battles fought in our own strength are already destined to be lost. Attempting anything in our own strength is doomed to fail from the get go. Trying to make something happen in our own strength only makes it worse. 
Joshua and the Israelites went out to fight against the city of Ai and lost. They tried to conquer it in their own strength, they did not seek the Lord. They had just won a battle against the city of Jericho. It was a city that was many times larger than the small city of Ai. Having won the battle over the larger one, they thought for sure that the battle against the smaller one would be an easy win. They were wrong. They were the ones who were defeated.
What happened? Why couldn't they defeat such a small city especially after they had defeated a much larger one? The reason is simple. God was with them fighting the battle at Jericho. They weren't fighting it in their own strength, might or power. They were fighting it by His Spirit and power. God wasn't with them fighting the battle at Ai. They were fighting it in their own strength, power and might.
You may be trying to overcome and conquer something that seems "small", but if you are fighting it in your own strength you too will be defeated. It doesn't matter the "size" of the enemy, the Lord's strength is the only thing that is a match for it, not your strength. Bring God into your battle. Seek Him for His wisdom. Lean upon His strength. Trust in His power. With Him nothing is impossible or too difficult to overcome- regardless of its size. 
Have a great day. Small "enemies" are just as powerful as the larger ones when you try to fight them in your own strength.
For further reading:
Mark 10:27
Joshua 7
2 Corinthians 12:9
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