Fight The Battle


The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord. — Proverbs 21:31

In this text, we are introduced to battle imagery. And I am sure Solomon was thinking about actual hand-to-hand combat on a field of war. But there are all kinds of battles. Physical battles are rare for us, but spiritual battles are not so rare. We fight them every day. Today we are going to fight them. One day it's a battle for our marriage. The next day it is a battle for our children. Next, it is at work where we get attacked for our beliefs and values. And the next is some private battle with sin. And on the worst of days, it's a battle with all of them at the same time.

Most of the time, these battles are unseen — known only to us. Yet we must prepare. As Solomon says, you have to make ready. We must prepare our horses, ready our armor, sharpen the sword, and set the battle plan.

But here's the deal. We may prepare, but God is the one who gains the victory. And we have to keep this at the forefront of our minds. If we prepare for battle only to take the battle into our own hands, we might get in the way of the God who fights for us. Does this mean we should prepare less? No. Does this mean we should not fight when the time is right? No. Does this mean we should not be passionate in the battle? No. But this does mean that when we prepare for battle, run to battle, and fight the battle, we fight as a representative of the Lord who is going to win, and the victory is his, so we better make sure we fight his way.

So fellas, get ready. Prepare! Because a battle is coming today. And it might be intense. Make preparations but let God lead. For when he leads, he wins. And the victory is his — not yours.

ASK THIS: What battle are you preparing for today?

DO THIS: Share below. Let the men pray for you.

PRAY THIS: Father, ready my resources. My mind. My heart. My soul. The battle is on. Be my victory.

PLAY THIS: The Battle Is Yours.


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16 thoughts on “Fight The Battle

  1. David says:

    I battle everyday to stay focused on the Lord and the path he has for me.
    Father, ready my resources. My mind. My heart. My soul. The battle is on. Be my victory.

  2. Eddie Ackerman says:

    I am in a two front battle with the people in my house and the beautiful women I see everywhere in everything. The first battle, on the home front, is a battle NOT to join in the arguments and anger, but rather to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow[ER] to anger. This does not mean I can’t GET angry, but there is a progression, listen, speak, and control emotions throughout. The second battle, in the home, on TV, and in public is to not listen to the lying voice of the enemy and lust after every beautiful woman I see. As Job said, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.” I need to have the same commitment and remember this verse when tempted. As the Apostle Peter said, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

  3. Dennis says:

    The battle has been heavy for most of us. I often reach out for prayer. Today, as I prepare for church, my body is in pain and I know it is all a part of the enemy’s plan to hinder me , but GOD! I am praising our Lord through the storms. Not today Satan.

    • Dennis says:

      Guilt and doubt is a tool of the enemy. Apathy can be overcome with persistence, all we need to do is get up and move. Praying that you find strength in God’s promises and actually apply it.

  4. Tim E says:

    A mind that does not turn off easily. It is both my greatest attribute and Achilles heal. The latter because I can stuck in a loop regarding things I want to control but can’t which leads to anxiousness. Need to remember about the lighter easier yoke and rest in God.

  5. Trent says:

    I am all in for a battle of a physical nature. Battling disrespectful, disobedient, gimme gimme gimme teenager’s is not something I seem to accel at. But giving up has never been in my nature. Prayers are appreciated….for all of our children raised in this world of “technology”.

  6. Kevin A. says:

    -Repetitive sin (lust).
    -To not be jealous of what others have, and be more thankful for what God has provided for me and my family.
    -I need to spend more time with God.

  7. Bill B. says:

    Whether to put an offer in on a house my wife Deb and I looked at yesterday. She likes it especially the quality of the builder but I’m not crazy about the layout or the tiny backyard.

  8. Troy Theye says:

    My son was released from an Behavioral Adolescent Facility after a couple days on lock down. His battle was obviously more serious then his parents thought. Now my battle today is trying to
    listen and see where God can help me with this one.

  9. Mark says:

    The battle for gratitude – to be more thankful and positive and daily focus on God’s blessings and the big picture.

  10. Ron K (I am an alcoholic) says:

    Everything that I have and everything that I have done is because of my Lord and Savior
    Jesus Christ, without Him I can do NOTHING!