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READY FOR BATTLE



The truth of Jacob’s circumstances is revealed in Genesis 32:28. Jacob was not a weak, defeated, fearful person who needed to run, compromise, and bow before men. He was a son of God who was called, ordained, and given power to meet every circumstance of life. The angel said, "Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed."


Was Jacob someone special, that God would do this for him? Is God a respecter of persons? Would He give one of His children the power to overcome the circumstances of life and not give the same ability to another?


Of course not! What God did for Jacob, He has done for you. He is just waiting for you to view your circumstances from His perspective, to see yourself as you really are in Him, and to advance fearlessly to embrace your destiny.


Like Jacob, you have within you the power to face every challenge. This supernatural power is yours through your birth into the family of God. When you received Christ, your spiritual name was changed. Your nature was changed. As a child of the King you have power with God sufficient to prevail in every situation.


Life is made up of circumstances. Some are good, others are bad. Nearly every person reading these words has some spiritual battle going on in their lives, some adverse circumstance to overcome, some victory that needs to be won. If not, and you have a temporary respite, be aware that a battle is sure to come in the future.


It is a fact of the Christian life that you will experience battles: "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution" (2 Timothy 3:12). The devil will try to attack you so..."Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). You will experience trials: "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you" (1 Peter 4:12).


Right about now you may be thinking, “This isn't a very encouraging devotion today--talking about negative things like battles, difficult circumstances, and trials!” But you will face these things on the road to your destiny, and you need to be prepared. Remember that the purpose of these meditations is to prepare you to fulfill your destiny.


The encouraging truth is that God's Word has promised that you will be victorious in every situation because: "...in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us" (Romans 8:37). Claim this promise today!


PRAYER:

My FATHER, My God, this year let my life reflect the blessing of the Lord, I shall not be static, I decree PROGRESS, FAVOR, HONOR, AND INFLUENCE are my portion. My life is SALTED, My speech is SALTED, My Home and Business are SALTED in the name of Jesus.


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