{Saturday Mornings} When the Struggle Ends, the Battle Begins

Written By: Julie-Ann Sanderson

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

Throughout our lives we have struggles.  We struggle to make the right decision or choice in many things we do and sometimes say.  The search for the right answer can take a lot out of us as we umm and ah about every aspect.  Do I do this or do I do that?  What will happen after I make my decision?

No matter what the reasons we have for contemplate making a choice or decision, we go back and forth over the options we have.  Sometimes we will pray and seek God’s advice and hope that He shows us what He wants us to do.  Other times we seek advice from family and friends.  Or maybe we do both.  When we do arrive at the right decision, we feel relief that hard part is over.  Right?

Wrong!  Arriving at a decision is only the start.  The initial struggle can be nothing compared to the battle you now face, especially if the decision or choice is one God wanted you to make.  Your battle is now against those who wish to see your decision come to nothing or those who want you to change your mind.

The biggest opponent we have is Satan.  He doesn’t take much notice when we are struggling to make a decision or choice because that’s where he wants us to be – in a state of conflict, not knowing what to do or say.  Satan wants our lives to be in disarray and he doesn’t like it when we end it.  In particular, he starts paying attention to us because we are moving forward and not staying in one place.

It is at this point we need God the most.  During the battle, we will come up against anything and everything Satan throws at us.  We can’t battle Satan alone.  God tells us to be strong and courageous and that He will go before us and that He will be with us.  If we are doing what God wants us to do, then we should proceed with implementing the decision or choice we have made without fear.

Part of the battle may involve dealing with other people.  While we are struggling with our problem, our family, friends and other influential people will tell us what they think we should do.  What we do with their advice is up to us but if they are not happy with our decision then Satan will use them to make you doubt and possibly even change your mind.

When doubt enters, we are back to struggling.  In James 1:6, we are told that those who doubt are blown and tossed about.  God wants us to be firm in our choice and to put our trust in Him.  When we do that, then the battle is won because God already has the victory.

Whatever struggles and battles you face in the future, you can always rest assured that God is indeed truly with us wherever we go.



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