Posts Tagged ‘battle’

  

“So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you.” (Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬ NLT)

In the rural south, High School football is king! When the Friday Night Lights go on, many communities shut down and become ghost towns. For a brief period in the fall, a whole community gathers in the bonds of brotherhood and school pride, making memories that last a lifetime. But great teams are made on Monday morning, not Friday night. 

In the Bible, ‘Sanctification‘ simply means to be set apart for God’s use and glory. Oswald Chambers describes our struggle to be set apart this way: 

“Sanctification requires our coming to the place of death…There is always a tremendous battle before sanctification is realized—something within us pushing with resentment against the demands of Christ. When the Holy Spirit begins to show us what sanctification means, the struggle starts.”

Just as great High School football players are fashioned in the heat and struggle of practice, so too are spiritual warriors created through the heated battle in their own souls. Allow your old nature to be conquered and you will see a better You be raised up for others to follow! Let your own light shine by fighting the personal fight to be holy every morning! You are loved today! 

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“Get wisdom; develop good judgment…for [it] will protect you…and guard you.” (Proverbs‬ ‭4‬:‭5-6‬ NLT)

Today marks the 139th anniversary of the Battle of Little Big Horn. The U.S. Army was trying to herd the Lakota and Cheyenne tribes back to their reservations during the Summer of 1876. To force the large Indian gathering back, the Army dispatched three columns in coordinated fashion, one of which contained Lt. Colonel George Custer and the Seventh Cavalry.

Spotting an Indian village about fifteen miles away along the Rosebud River on June 25, Custer also found a nearby group of about forty warriors, whom he assumed were stalking him. Ignoring orders to wait, not realizing that the number of warriors in the village numbered three times his strength, nor understanding the tricky terrain he was in, Custer attacked. The result would be called “Custer’s Last Stand”, a tragic defeat, especially in light of how it could have been easily prevented by employing greater wisdom. 

When we move through life without wisdom, preventable tragedies dot our own landscape. Ask God for wisdom. Allow the Holy Spirit to direct your steps, trusting that God actually knows more than you do! Don’t create your own Last Stand! You are loved and led today! 

  

“All the people…in pride and arrogance of heart…are destroyed.” (Isaiah‬ ‭9‬:‭9, 16‬ NKJV)

Throughout history, men only needed two things to become a military officer: money and title. With no experience whatsoever, men have led troops around the world, and lives were wasted for the sake of privileged arrogance that desired adventurous renown. Such was the case at the Battle of Königgrätz of 1866.

As the Prussian (German) army advanced against Austria, the great Austrian General, Von Benedek, prepared a strategy to defeat the powerful invaders. It would have worked, except two Counts, Von Thun and Von Festetics, desiring glory, attacked without direction. As a result, the Austrians lost the battle, their sovereignty, and Benedek would be blamed for the loss, demoted, and died a broken, shamed man. 

As you live your week, know that your actions create reactions in the lives of others, both good and bad. Rash actions are usually based in pride and never lead to good. Live as a child of God, whose ripples bless those around them! You are loved today!