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Beating Battle Fatigue

Beating Battle Fatigue
What to do when we get weary of fighting

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

Have you ever just become so fatigued that you found yourself losing a battle?  It could have been something so simple as a diet for your eating, or maybe you were entrenched in a long court battle, or perhaps it may have been a battle within a relationship; and you finally got so tired, you stopped fighting for what you once strongly believed in and were willing to contest. I have to believe we all have come to this point at some time in our lives.  

In the Book of Exodus (Chapter 17:10-13) we see the history of a battle being fought by the Israelites against Amalek and his people, the Amalekites.  These people were actually distant cousins to the Israelites as they were the descendents of Esau.  We are told of Amalek's dirty tactics of fighting (See Deuteronomy 25:17-19) as the Israelites were leaving Egypt in the exodus about how he would ambush those stragglers at the back of the pack who were old, sick and weary.

God had remembered this and He was now asking Moses to engage in battle against the Amalekites.  Moses had told his young commander Joshua to choose some men for the fight.  Moses then advised Joshua he would be on top of the hill with the rod of God in his hand when they engaged in battle.   This rod was to be lifted unto God by the raising of Moses' arms during the fight.  

Joshua fought hard, and as long as Moses' arms were raised up to God, then Joshua and the Israelites would be winning.   But when Moses would become fatigued and lower his arms, Joshua and the army would begin to lose in battle.  

This story is very important to us as Christians as it will serve to guide us in our battles against evil.  Our rod of God is our prayer, and we too must raise our prayer unto the Lord when we are engaged in battle - which is every day.  

Well, as the Bible records, Moses soon became so fatigued he could no longer hold his arms up, so his brother Aaron and another man Hur came to help him.

But Moses' hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. Exodus 17:12 (NKJV)

We too, need other fellow Christian believers to come alongside us during our times of fatigue to help lift up prayers unto the Lord.  We need to have many fellow believers who are committed to living a holy life, and who are willing to stand in the gap and pray.  

I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; 1 Timothy 2:8 (NKJV)

 I have said it before, and I will continue to remind you as my brothers and sisters - we cannot do anything apart from God (John 15:5).  And prayer is our link to couple God's mighty strength to overcome every obstacle we may face.  If we will seek to walk in purity, our prayer life will have unimaginable power and effectiveness.  

The story of this battle against the Amalekites concludes with Amalek and his people being defeated by the sword of the Israelites.  Our sword is the word of God, and it is our only offensive weapon (Eph 6:17).  We need to combine our powerful prayer with God's Word for His guaranteed success.

Hey Christian, you will become fatigued at times when fighting against the enemy.  There is nothing wrong with that.  Just be prepared for the battle by continuing to pray fervently (See James 5:16), and don't every grow weary of doing good.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to our fighting and praying?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you continually praying to the Lord and seeking His strength and His power to fight your battles?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord everyday for everything.  Don't attempt to face the enemy without the Lord.  When you are not seeking the Lord for provision, start seeking Him to praise Him. Thank Him for everything you have, your health, your provision, and His love.  

Father, Thank You for all provision.  Thank You for Your strength, Your wisdom, and Your guidance in everything.  Help me today to choose wisely and to have discernment.  Help me to fight the enemy and to see his schemes and lies plainly for what they are.  Help me to hate the things you hate Lord.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

 Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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