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Winning The Fight Against Spiritual Fatigue
10/3/2016

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, or maybe you were entrenched in a long court battle, or perhaps it may have been a battle within a relationship. The point is 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, he would ambush those who were straggling at the back of the pack—those 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 and his men 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 lowered his arms, Joshua and the army began losing the battle. 

I believe 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 continuously every day (1 Thess. 5:17). 

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 named Hur came to help him (Exodus 17:12). In like manner we will get fatigued at some point in our battles, and will need other fellow Christian believers to come alongside us during these times to help us by interceding — by lifting up prayers unto the Lord on our behalf. 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 for us, and we need to be prayer warriors for others as well. 

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.

I want to encourage you today—know that you will become fatigued at times when fighting against the enemy, and there is nothing wrong with that. Just be prepared for the battle by continuing to pray fervently (James 5:16), and never grow weary of doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart (Gal. 6:9).

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 wisdom and power to fight your battles? Are you seeking other believers to pray for you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to seek the Lord everyday for everything. Never attempt to face the enemy without the Lord.  Make it your heart's desire to praise God in the middle of the storm—thanking Him for everything you have, and are facing—trusting Him and His plan for every aspect of your life.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: 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 by using Your mighty weapons, such as Your Word, Your Spirit, prayer, and my mind. Help me to hate the things you hate Lord. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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