“That the generation to come might know [God’s law], even the children who should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God.  The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle: they kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law.”  {Psalm 78:6-10}

This passage from my Bible reading this week has taken a foothold in my mind.  Twelve words from verse 9 cling to me, warning me; echoing in my heart like a tolling bell:

… being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle…

Do you remember Gideon and his three hundred?  You know, the ones whom God “armed” with torches and pots?  You could hardly call that vulnerible-looking bunch an “army”.

But they defeated a host of thousands without a single weapon (Judges chapters 6 & 7)!

 God chose not to arm Gideon’s band.

He did allow the children of Ephraim the benefit of bows and swords and shields (Psalm 78:9).  However, unlike Gideon’s men, the Ephraimite warriors did not taste victory.

Why?

… being armed, and carrying bows, [they] turned back in the day of battle. 

The children of Ephraim lost their battle, not because they were not armed; not because God was unable to scatter their enemies. 

They were defeated because they refused to obey.

They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in His law.

 You are I are not unlike the children of Israel in the Old Testament: we find ourselves in a fair share of battles, often against seemingly unsurmountable odds.

Yet, amist the onsloughts and attacks of our enemy (Satan), I believe our generation is one of the most “equipped” of all time. 

We have the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth (John 16:13).

We have His written Word, the Bible, to instruct and teach us (Psalm 32:8).

We have countless resources at our finger tips via Bible-believing Churches and doctrinally-sound media (books, radio, teaching, etc).

My friends, we are equipped!

But will we taste victory?  That depends on us. 

God has already won our victory through Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 15:57).  Our steadfast obedience will determine the outcome of every battle over sin and Satan.

What battles are you fighting today? 

Are you fighting for your marriage? 

Your children? 

Your health? 

Your finances? 

For the souls of your loved ones? 

For freedom over addictions, or depression, or anxiety, or guilt from the past?

Despite the fierceness of your personal battles, know that you are equipped

Alone, you are defeated

Through Jesus Christ, you will taste sweet victory and freedom

In your home, your relationships, your family, your mind, your soul.

Our victory is solely dependant upon our daily choice to submit to God’s plan, pattern and purposes.  He has already fought and won our battles for us. 

By the grace of God, you and I do not have to live in defeat.

Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world (I John 4:4)!

      

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5 thoughts on “You are equipped

  1. This has met me where i am at today..facing several of the listed above..knowing Christ is my victory, knowing how he has brought me through the wilderness in the past, yet having such a hard time letting go. I am 39 weeks pregnant and i know hormones play a part, but I am feeling very depressed and overwhelmed with the thought of beginning to homeschool my five year old in the fall. She is a strong-willed little girl, oh boy is she ever. But she is an amazing child! Really the problem is not her, it’s my obsessive compulsive disorder and need of structure that I am trying so hard to let go of. Then of course my marriage is being knocked on because of it, and with a new baby coming we are in a “worried” state financially. Ugh. I did not mean to type this much but it feels good to, and to know there are women out there who understand, and i’m not crazy! I am very encouraged by your blog and the scriptures i read this morning, all of them just so happened to be about faith! Thank you for your words of encouragement. Could u please pray for me, my mind, and my sweet family? Thank u 🙂

    Posted on June 19, 2014 at 4:05 pm
    1. I totally understand you, Kimberly. Totally. I have to remind myself of these truths so often.

      Yes, I will pray for you and your family! xoxoxo

      Posted on June 19, 2014 at 4:43 pm
  2. This is such a great thought and challenge, Kristy! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Posted on June 12, 2011 at 2:55 am