Week 31: 30th Jul – 5th Aug (Winning Battles, Loosing Wars)
Winning battles, loosing wars
Week 31: 30th Jul 2018 – 5th Aug 2018
Bible passage to read: 2 Corinthians 10:3
“ For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.” 2nd Corinthians 10:3
Many messengers have been sent by the father to bring people into the great party in heaven (Matthew 14:15-24) and like nowadays, excuses are being given upon invitation for those that are automatic candidates to fill the seats in heaven and it is a shame that the father is saying they will never be worthy of his invitation – a grace which will now be extended to unbelievers. Our portion and inheritance is being given out in anger because we are winning battles and losing wars!
What are Battles? What is a War? A battle is a combat/tussle between two or more pockets of armed soldiers or indifferences between two people whilst wars are big conflicts between nations that could go on for months year/centuries or conflict between communities or group of people. In the grand scheme of things and as a tactical approach to winning wars, a big army of 10000 soldiers, for example, may be divided up into small pockets and assigned to stay in strategic mountainous locations with a view to attack the enemy in a different way. Using this approach, the strength of the opposition will be tested to the fullest.
A prophet of God was called to perform a mission in Judah and under strict instructions not to eat, drink, or go into the houses of anyone to make him feel comfortable as a form of recompense for all the man of God has done and as a cultured servant, he obeyed God until another ‘Prophet’ of God approach him to guide him to his death. (1st Kings 13)
Consider this: What is the essence of winning battles if we are going to lose the war. A battle is just a part of the ‘big picture’ – which is the war. The combination of a couple of these battles actually makes up a man journey in this world. Battles for survival in our mother’s womb, battles to conform with rules of this world and most importantly, battles in families, battles against peers etc. You might be a messenger in the Church, sent by God to complete tasks of leadership but because you do not want to offend the body of Christ by delivering God’s message or following God’s instruction to his people in a specified way, you are winning the battle but losing the wars. The messenger still continues to look good to the congregation but does not have much value to God. When the father sends us on an errand, he wants it done exactly how he intends for it to be done. This is why he gave dimension of his place of worship to David (to guide Solomon in building his temple and before then guided Noah) to build an ark (also with guiding dimensions) for the creatures he has made to dwell on earth. He gave specific instruction on how the great city of Jericho would be destroyed), the Israelites just needed to walk around the city seven times with the ark of covenant.
‘Yaweh’, one of the names of our father literally means the ‘Lord of Armies’ and in Exodus 15:3 it says: “The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is his name”. This is bringing us to the full knowledge of the kind of God that we serve and in a way, he is saying: I’m an expert in warfare! He wants us to dutifully deal with our little battles, which is meant to strengthen our faith in him.
For Christians today, we need to be in-tune with God and to be opened to God spiritually as well, because ‘mind battles’ are the definitive points where: a good character can be changed and where doubts may creep in – mind corruption. Winning all battles is God’s will for us, Moses lost the war as well as Samson in the bible. We just need to be aware!
Devotional Prayer Points
- I am a winner in Jesus Name
- I am a success, and failure is no longer my portion in Jesus Name
- I shall not loose my inheritance to the enemy in Jesus Name
- I stand to recover all my lost portion in Jesus Name
- Thank you, Jesus, for making me a winner.
Author: Evangelist Daniel Daramola
Author: CCC Handbook Weekly Devotional
CCC Seventh Year Parish 2