You’re tired, weary, and you lack motivation. You’ve been spiritually fighting for a long while now, and you feel bruised and nearly defeated. I would be lying if I said I haven’t been there. The Bible tells us that our victory is secure in Christ and that He will be our strength in all things, but I have experienced times in my life when I felt nothing but weak and utterly defeated. What do you do when the truth of God’s Word seems to directly contradict what you are feeling and experiencing in your life?
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- Remember, you WILL win! Truth is truth, even if you can’t see it yet. When the Holy Spirit fell upon the earth in Acts 2, the Spirit realm invaded the physical realm. Paul spent much of his ministry explaining this truth to the new believers of the first century. What we see with our physical eyes in this physical world isn’t the truth. Jesus is the truth, and the truth now lives within you.
The truth is that your victory is secure and the enemy is already defeated. The truth is that by His stripes you are healed. And the truth is that you are currently seated with Christ in heavenly places.
The early church struggled with accepting these truths, and the church still struggles with it today. What is true and real in Christ is far more “real” than what we experience physically in this life. You are not defined by your imperfect physical self, but rather your perfect spiritual self in Christ Jesus. The enemy will try to convince you that what you see, taste, feel, and experience in this life is true and real… but we know that in Christ we have been made brand new and will be victorious in Him.
- Spend some time abiding and resting in Christ. One of the many reasons Jesus came and died was so that we could enter into His rest. This is why the Sabbath was such an important part of the Old Testament. It was a shadow of what was to come in Christ. In our goal-driven culture, it’s easy to forget that God longs for us to abide and rest in Him. We often work ourselves to the bone and forget that God simply desires for us to sink into His arms and abide in His peace.
- Seek out encouragement and prayer. When you are battle-weary, never forget that you have a body of believers to rely on. This was God’s intention for us as His children… that we would lean on each other in good times and in bad. Yes, much of the battle is fought on our own. Many of the enemy’s lies are fought within the battlefield of the mind, and no one can fight those battles for you. But strength and encouragement can often be found in those God has placed in our lives.
- Never give up. God never lets a spiritual battle go to waste. He has secured your victory; rest in that truth… even if you’re weary. Perhaps God will use this battle to cause spiritual growth in your life. Maybe He will use it to draw you closer to Him. Or better yet, He will use it later on in life when you encounter a friend or loved one going through a similar circumstance. You will never regret standing in faith in the midst of your battle, but you will regret giving up.
When you are weak, He is strong. So when you are battle-weary, He will be your strength.
*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.