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Advent 2016: Christ Was Born For This: Day 16

A King Fights Battles

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Today's Text: Deuteronomy 10:17, 1 Samuel 8:1-22, Hosea 13:10, Psalm 24:1-10, 1 Corinthians 15:57

Text: Deuteronomy 10:17, 1 Samuel 8:1-22, Hosea 13:10, Psalm 24:1-10, 1 Corinthians 15:57

KING INTRODUCTION

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11 ESV).

When Jesus sat down at the right hand of God, He sat on a throne. He came to earth in the humblest way imaginable—lowly in a manger, as a fragile baby. But that baby in that stable in Bethlehem was born King of the Jews, or more specifically, King of the people of God.

He did not come as the people expected—as One who would conquer and rule the nations.  His purpose was to restore humanity’s broken relationship with God. And He has. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him, and He will never hand it over to another. He conquers us, protects us, and keeps us. To submit to His rule over us as our King is an act of worship.

In this section, we will look at what a king does: he fights battles, represents his people before God, and humbly serves his subjects. And we will see how Christ came as the perfect King and remains our perfect King today, calling us to share in His holy work of serving others who bear the image of God.

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A king fights battles. In the Old Testament, this often meant the king chose which battles to fight. He needed to be both brave and discerning, knowing the battles he chose would be fought by the people he led. A selfish, foolish king would be dreaded by his subjects, but a humble, wise king could lead his people to the freedom and peace their hearts longed for.

Israel was set apart, but all they wanted was to blend in.

The nation may not have looked like much, but they were head and shoulders above all other nations in that they were God’s chosen people, led by Him, protected by Him, and ruled by Him. Yet, they desired something less, thinking it might be something more.

Sound familiar?

It makes me think of another time a crowd demanded a similar trade. Offering the Son of God Himself, in the flesh and walking among them, they shouted at Him all the way to His death at Calvary, “We have no king but Caesar!” (John 19:15). Even with the Word made flesh in their midst, they exchanged the power of God for the weakness of man. Like Adam and Even in the garden, they traded reliance on God for rotting fruit.

Even today, the people of God have a habit of trading in a King who will reign forever, for one who is passing away. 

In the Old Testament, the duty of a king was to be wise, to fight battles, to protect and serve his people with bravery and discernment. With a warning against their choice (1 Samuel 8:10-18), God gave Israel her first king—King Saul, “a handsome young man… From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people” (1 Samuel 9:2).

Israel wanted Saul to fight their battles. They trusted him to be kind and fair. But no one is good like God. It’s a lesson God’s people have been learning since their beginning.

What about us today? Who are we trusting to be brave and discerning, to go before us into battle? Are we crying out for man to be our defense, or do we act as if we believe that our God is King over all, even today, seated on the throne of heaven with earth as His footstool (Isaiah 66:1)?

If we are in Christ, our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20), and we serve the one, true King of all earthly kings—yes, every one of them. 

Believe today that He will fight your battles.

Pray even now that He will go before you.

Believe that He will, as He promised, “command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:11). He alone is our sure defense (Psalm 94:22).

“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”
-Revelation 17:14

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  • God let us trust you today, with all our hearts, soul, mind and strength! show us the way. lead us in the way of understanding and truth. to follow you and how you live through your Holy Spirit, alive, living and breathing through us. You’ve never let us down, and you never stop reigning. Holy Righteous King Forever! Highest praises to you King Jesus!

  • When it seems like the world is falling down around us and our leaders fail us daily, I am reminded Jesus is the perfect king. And we are called to bring his kingdom here through our words and deeds

  • Thank you for this! I heard something in it so clearly that I’ve not heard in that way before. God gave Jesus as the Perfect King… to us and for us!! And yet, don’t we still cry out, like the Israelites did, for a king. How often, when we are in the midst of trials do we ask, “who can I get to fight this battle with/or for me?” We seek and search for the advice of man… and we should seek wise counsel… but shouldn’t we start with Him? Shouldn’t we look to Him and His Word first, and then trust Him to lead us to wise counsel, if it’s needed? I don’t know why, but this is hard for me. Actually, I think I do know why…. I need a physical, verbal confirmation… I need that someone right here that either agrees with me or not, that will stand and fight with me or for me. But, I’m learning that God will send that someone, if I really do need them, if I will turn to Him first. He wants to be our First in everything. He wants to be our King!! This was such a great reminder of that… I want to make a point to LET Him be the King He wants to be… over everything!!

  • What an amazing picture. Christ as king leads the army of heavenly hosts into the battle FOR us. He fights the battle FOR us. We just trust and obey instead of trying to run around the army to the front line. How unprotected we are standing between the king and the opposing army – and how stupid to even try that. And yet we do that all of the time. Time to go back home to the city He prepared for us to live in and trust our King and His heavenly army to fight the battle for us!

  • I am always late in these devotionals but this truly has been a gift for me this season. Thank you @shereadstruth! God, my Father, goes before me in all my battles. In this moment I feel such peace. What a blessing!

  • Lindsey Grudnicki

    I often think about how much we as Christians struggle with obedience to God before all other claims on our allegiance. We are more patriotic than faithful, more concerned with national prosperity than showing God’s love to others, and place more trust in political leaders than in God’s plan. We sacrifice liberty, embedded in us by the gift of free will, to be servants to flawed, temporal powers instead of serving the true King.

    • Linda Ruth Ciglen

      Thank you for your prophetic voice, Lindsey. We are no different from the people of Israel, desiring something less, thinking it would be something more. May we learn this lesson well and give our allegiance to the King of Kings.

  • I am “called and chosen and faithful!” Those are powerful words. Lord, help me live them out today and every day.

  • Believe today that He will fight your battles.

    Pray even now that He will go before you.

    What relief to know the truth of this! It’s so easy to look at the world and feel overwhelmed and scared and hopeless and then I remember Him, He is my King and He goes before, beside and behind me and my heart and soul take a deep breath and rest easy again. But this is something I must do constantly throughout the day. My daughter went on a school trip last week to France and Belgium for the day (we are in the UK- it was a looooong day for her!) it was the first time she had been in another country from us and I had been feeling fear in my heart at all that ‘could’ happen (accident, attack, the list goes on) but I prayed for her- that nothing would happen that would be outside Gods will for her life and that she would be protected. I have always leant towards being a fearful mum but this was the first time I felt I could truly ‘release’ her into His arms and feel peace. Yes, I obviously thought about her all day and more than once ‘re-released’ her but that deep down peace was there winning the battle and the ‘what ifs’. And the peace I felt was not ‘well, I’ve prayed that nothing will happen so she will be ok’ but that even if something did, no matter how awful, God would be in it-with her, with me, with us as a family. Sometimes I don’t let God be ‘big enough’ in my life, I don’t let Him be the King and submit daily, this is something I need to repent of and learn to do. What joy and peace to know we serve an awesome God who fights for us, we only need to be still!

    • Tracy

      I really like that… Sometimes we don’t let God be big enough.

    • Anna

      When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world?
      I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world
      How could I make you so small
      When you’re the one who holds it all
      When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4K7kplxNM48
      This song is a constant reminder to me at the moment to completely trust our King.

  • How often we want to just blend in. To hunker down in the safety of what we know — what we can see — and refuse to TRUST that God is the one who knows what is best for us. We become our own kings, instead of submitting our lives to the Lord God. Praying today that I would remember to yield to the one true King, as he goes before me in ALL things big and small. He has promised to fight our battles. Finding peace today in the promise that I can surrender to Him instead of trying to figure it all out by myself. Glory to God!

  • My son has a somewhat scary doctor appointment tomorrow. This was what I needed to direct my prayers asking for the Angels to guard our way and knowing that Jesus will fight our battle!

  • Yetunde Odutolu

    Today’s devotion is just Epic!! incredibly loaded with so many facet of the word. Thank you so much @ SheReadsTruth. Praying for more and more of Gods guidance on the team

  • I was reminded of some of my favorite verses, Exodus 14:13-14. “…Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today…The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” NLT

    • Raechel

      oh, Becky, I love these verses! thank you for reminding me of them, they do fit perfectly with the devotion today!

      • Christi

        Thanks Becky!!! I’ve been struggling with anxiety and my attempt to control life. God keeps reminding me, be still and know that I am God. This devotional and then this scripture was exactly what I needed today. Funny when I looked it up it was underlined in my Bible, but I had forgotten this truth. I will be tearing down strongholds with this one today!

  • Who are we trusting to be brave and discerning and fight out battles? Whoa, that question stopped me in my tracks. Lately I’ve been struggling with anxiety and I am realizing that I am trusting myself to go before me and fight for me – as in, I have to always have my guard up and be prepared for anything that comes my way instead of trusting the God of the universe who already knows what’s coming because he’s planned all of my days before one came to be. I’m praying for freedom from anxiety as I trust God to go before me and fight my battles

    • Lauren

      Wow, Melynda! Your words touched my heart. I, too, have been struggling with anxiety, and this devotion today spoke to me where I am. “Believe today that He will fight your battles. Pray even now that He will go before you.” I often don’t pray that He will go before me, and that encouragement was a reminder to seek Him first and go to Him before I try to face my battles alone. Praying for you and believing that God is fighting your battles today and always.

      • Christi

        Gosh! Me too! I falsely believe that I need to take care of everything, anticipate what’s going to happen. Apparently, I believe if I worry about things, I can prevent them or figure out how to deal with them. Praying that I and you two can relinquish our perception of control to our Good and wise King and lethim fightour battles. Blessings to you both!

      • Melynda

        Christi and Lauren – I can totally relate! Of course I don’t wish these struggles on anyone, but man it’s a comfort to know I’m not alone. Anxiety can feel so lonely and isolating but God is near and none of us struggle alone. Praying for you guys as well!

  • We’ve been having a hard time with our son. He’s not sure he believes anymore and as a teenager I know this is normal. But it’s so encouraging to my soul to remember that I have a King who cares for me and will fight this battle for me. That nothing I can do will change my son’s mind and if I worry and stress out over it I am just trading the simplicity of the cross for an ulcer. I don’t want to take this on myself. I want to trust him to Jesus and rest in His care for all of us.

    • Amanda

      Hi Elisa,
      As an 18 year old myself, I feel the pressures to conform to society’s idea of the world and who I should be. I pray that God will open up your son’s eyes to see what little the world has to offer without God in it. I also pray that you will be given peace in this time knowing that God has a greater plan for your son’s life.

      • Beth

        I also have a son that is not following after the Lord as he should. He is very independent and wants no one to tell him what to do or give him any advise. He has gotten away from the Lord and church. I know only the Lord can get his attention and bring him back to where He wants him. I have prayed daily for him for seven years and will continue to pray and wait on the Lord. I can do nothing to change him, only God can in His way and His timing.

        • Elisa

          Thank you both. Prayers for your son, Beth. Just knowing others understand is huge.

  • Keri McCue

    “But no one is good like God. It’s a lesson God’s people have been learning since their beginning.” – I think even now we put our hope in other people. It may be a parent, sibling, boyfriend/husband. We continuously put people on pedestals and are continuously let down. It took me so long to realize that my full hope should be in the One who will never let me down! Once we do that, we will have a joy and peace like no other! Love this reminder this morning!

    http://www.littlelightonahill.com

  • “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him, and he will never hand it over to another. He conquers us, protects us, and keeps us.” This is something I have really learned and have been clinging to the last year or two. He is amazing, his name is above all names, and through him, nothing on this earth has power or can defeat us.

  • Advent is my first study with She Reads Truth and I am very grateful for your work. In the quiet of my home or (not so quiet of my) office I can feel surrounded by women of faith as I read through these daily studies. Yes, I serve the King of ALL kings – and I am His daughter! As a woman who grew up without a father today’s study is lining my heart with love and strength! Yay!!!!

    • She Reads Truth

      We’re so glad you’re joining us, JoAnn! Grateful to spend Advent with you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

    • Laurie

      This is my first study as well!
      How BEAUTIFUL and encouraging is it that we may post and be loved on the way God intended for us.
      This is such an uplifting and godly community and it fills my heart with joy.
      Praise God that we are His. :)

  • I love the idea that the Lord fights the battles for us. We get to obey, have faith, and be still. So thankful!

    http://www.in-due-time.com

  • Beautiful to ponder throughout the day.Thank you!

  • It’s both encouraging to me and discouraging that since the beginning mankind has been pushing the Lord away for something less, just like I have. To just blend in. All I ever want to do is just blend in and this was such a reminder that as His children that’s just not how it works! We are to proclaim Him as our King.
    Praying for both myself and y’all that we will be given the open eyes and hearts to receive Him even if He doesn’t look like the King we expected. That we will also not set anything else today as our Idol other than Him.

  • Carly Howard

    This advent season we have reflected on how Christ came as our prophet, our high priest, and our king. He is all the things! This morning as we read about kings, the spirit was gently reminding me to “Let Him RULE.” Christ was born for this! He’s got this! Today Christ is seated on the throne of heaven with the earth as His footstool. (I got goosebumps after reading that verse, oh the power of Christ). May I trust Him to fight my battles, and in adoration may I submit to His will. Hallelujah we have a perfect king!

  • Mandie Maass

    For thousands of years, the Israelites longed and waited for a Savior. Weary in their waiting they began shouting for a King. Finally, Jesus would come, but he looked so different than what they expected, that many of them missed it. God, give me spiritual eyes to see you today. Shape my heart to be more like yours so that I don’t miss you for a second.

    • Sarah Susman

      Such a beautiful thought and prayer. Lord, help me to see you today, I don’t want to miss you. Thank you Mandie! God Bless you

  • Roxanne Elizabeth

    I think that many outsiders often view Christianity as a religion that is filled with rules and regulations. I think we are viewed as boring, out of touch with reality and anti-any number of things. In light of this, I feel like I’m always trying to level the playing field, like I have to prove that christians are not like this, that we are really loving people, who love God and go through the same struggles that everyone else does and we like to have a good time too. I guess I feel like this is a way to reach people. “Hey, I’m just like you but my relationship with Christ causes me to live my life in a different way.” I guess I’m trying to decide if I’m downplaying who I really am just to be able to share my faith about who I really am. Hope that makes sense. I’d love to hear what others think about this.

    • Stephanie

      I think we sometimes fear what man can do rather than fearing God. That causes us to downplay who we are and try to blend in. If we can strive to share who we are in light and service, those around us will want to feel that light and know the source of our happiness. Therein we serve those around us while living as Christ would have us live without downplaying or being less than who He asks us to be.

    • Hannah

      One of the things that we stress at our church is that Christians should be known by what we are FOR, not just what we are against. We are FOR loving God and loving his people. We cannot expect the world to see why we don’t participate in certain behavior. If someone does not have a relationship with God, they may not be convicted in the same way we are. Our job is to bring people to God, not turn them away by all the “rules and regulations.” When we we bring people to him, he is the only one who can turn their hearts towards them. As they draw closer they will realize that the lesser things that they thought satisfy them do not compare to a loving relationship with God. We can bring people to God by sharing our testimony, serving others, inviting people to church etc, all the while praying specifically for them. Asking God to work on their hearts. This does not mean Christians should not take a stance about our values. It just means that we should be known by what we are FOR. Jesus set a perfect example for us in this way. He dined with sinners to bring them close to him.

    • ~Amy F.~

      I have struggled with this very issue a lot over the last few years. We are called to be different from the world, but I don’t want to scare people off either! I am learning to ask myself this: what defines me as a Christian? If it’s something I do or do not do, I am wandering dangerously close to legalism. The central focus of my identity as a believer needs to be Christ. I need to love like Christ loved, to serve like He served. Most people will remember us for what we make a priority in our lives. I think people notice our “rules and regulations” more when we make them a big deal, when we make them the most important thing about our faith by trying to explain them away. If I am characterized by unconditional love and selfless service, I truly believe many people won’t really care about a lot of what I do or don’t do.

      Here’s an example: I wear a lot of skirts and dresses. I don’t necessarily think there’s anything wrong with pants, but I prefer to wear skirts. When I first went to college, several people warned me that if I looked too “different” from everyone else, I would drive people away from Christ. “You have to blend in,” they told me. Although I don’t have a problem with pants, I did have a problem with changing the way I am just to “fit in,” so I disregarded their advice. Guess what? NO ONE CARED. All the people I met in college for the next eighteen months didn’t care that I wore skirts. Maybe one person asked me about it. Two people commented on it, but in a matter-of-fact way, like “that’s just the way you dress.” When I shared the gospel with people, they listened. You see, they didn’t make a big deal out of what I wore because I didn’t. What defines me as a Christian is being like Christ, not what I wear or what activities I don’t participate in. I think if we straighten that out in our own minds and hearts, people will be able to tell. And we won’t need to “explain ourselves” at all.

  • I would say most of the time I choose something less thinking it’s more because it is tangible. And because it’s tangible I can hold it, (sometimes)control it, keep it in my possession, and find immediate satisfaction in it. I think this wanting less instead of God stems from our want to control and do things our way. God’s plan is unpredictable in our eyes. We can’t control it and we can’t foresee it; so we opt for things that we can. But in doing so, we short circuit all of God’s blessings and the carefully written story of our life. He is the only One Who knows how your life will most glorify Him. The crazy thing is, He still uses our choosing of less to glorify Him in the end. He’s not surprised.

  • As others have mentioned, I’m really caught by, “they desired something less, thinking it might be something more.”

    I do this so often, thinking that I have to take control in my life, and thinking that if God would just fix this one (albeit big) thing in my life, then everything would be so much easier. I’m still having a hard time understanding what He’s doing with my life, but I also know that I haven’t been finding my identity in Him. Therein lies the problem. Not my financial struggles. But my lack of closeness with Him.

    Please, God, help me to draw close to you in this time (and all times), relying on my relationship with you to make it through everything, rather than trying to fix everything myself. Amen.

  • candacejo

    Couldn’t help but think of the verse in Psalms, “And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.” referring to the children of Israel wandering in the desert and begging for meat. The Lord sends them quail and the Bible says, “While the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the anger of the LORD was kindled

    Just as the people asked for a king to judge and rule over them, against the will of the prophet and the will of God, sometimes the Lord will give us what we asked for but it won’t be for our good. If we insist on our own way, ignoring His will, we might get what we are wanting but could surely regret it in the end.

    His ways are best!! He sees down the road!! He has our best interest at heart and knows the way that we take. We are safest in His hands. ♥

  • Tochi Heredia

    Today’s reading reminded me of this song:
    “All glory be to Christ our King, of his rule and reign we’ll ever sing, all glory be to Christ!”
    https://youtu.be/zGUq4fdocuI

    Happy Monday, Shes!

  • Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…
    Romans 12:2
    Lord, teach me to refuse to blend in with the world, because if I am just like them I cannot show them who you are.

  • Jennifer Fromke

    These words bring to mind lyrics from my favorite rich mullins song: “I’d rather fight you for something I don’t really want than to take what you give that I need….” It’s so true! We argue with God to get something “less than” what He’s planned for us. But what does submission to God as King look like? The scripture describing the rights of an earthly king are also true of God as King. He can press us into service. He has a right to our money and land and animals (wealth). He has a right to our children. The difference is this: God is good. Truly, always, deep-down good, and thus, trustworthy. Every other king cannot and will not be all that. Least of all, me. King of Kings and Lord of Lords is Jesus, the only good King, and King in our hearts – if we let Him.

  • Ashley Whitlinger

    “Israel was set apart, but all they wanted was to blend in.”
    How often is this me? Set apart by God’s love, set apart by the Truth that illuminates all things, set apart by His blood. And how often do I shirk (and shrink back from)the responsibility that comes with this glorious otherness…how often do I resist loudly proclaiming the glory of God and the strength of our King, simply because I don’t want to ruffle any feathers?! Forgive me, Lord, for my desire to be like the others…forgive me for wanting to be as the other nations, with an earthly king to rule over me. Lord, let me accept that I truly am set apart (for beautiful, wonderful, holy things) by your blood, set apart by you, my High Priest, my King.

  • Christine DeGarmo

    I’m in tears this morning as God is faithful to speak to my heart through gentle conviction and to extend a welcome embrace of HIs rule in my life. It may seem silly to some, but I often trade His rule for self rule in my eating which leaves me feeling drained and unable to be fully present with those I love the most. I am sweetly reminded today to let Him rule and He will Fight my battles for me!

    • Egrubbs

      Hi Christine, your comment this morning really resonated with me…. Food. Body image. I’m 34 years old on Wednesday and still…STILL…these silly little things continue to be the biggest issues in my life and rob me of so much joy. I found comfort in reading ur comment and knowing it isn’t just me who struggles greatly with such small, silly and futile things. Praying for you this morning and for all the other women out there behind the screen who have their own “silly” struggles.

  • Lindsay Sterchi

    I love the encouragement to pray today that God will go before me. As I think through what faces me today, I am reminded that God is already ahead of me and is working in advance in the areas I’m anxious about. This prayer is centering my heart on that truth.

  • Whitney Saxon

    This is beautiful. Thank you.

  • “They desired something less, thinking it might be something more.” Thank you for this convicting statement. I will be processing this all day!

  • One of my kiddos loves hard. Especially when it comes to things she loves to do. She eats, sleeps and breathes those things. This year, she gave up one love to begin again with another, ballet and she has truly enjoyed and embraced it. Often speaking of it in some capacity, from a new tutu and demi-pointes to an upcoming program or a new move learned, it is non-stop, non … stop. Currently, she would like to find a career that involves her love of the art and so we listen, we nod, we talk but we pray…. a lot. Her personality is one that craves the acceptance and adoration of others. I am often told by other parents, “she is the life of the party” and this about a girl who, with Autism, has overcome so much. Because we know it is human nature to choose something over God, we know that this love of hers is an area that could go dark in a heartbeat and we drop to our knees in concern, because choosing something else as your identity, something earthly, can leave you open for war, it isn’t armor, it’s a mask and once stripped away, it can leave one naked and exposed like Eve in the Garden. I’ve seen athletes and ballerinas lose their life’s plan with a serious injury and can speak to one with whom the outcome was emotionally devastating, so, as I’ve said, we pray. We pray because we all do this. We *know* we choose things daily over God, some more obvious than others, and our desire is instead, to love Christ so much that our thirst for Him is insatiable, so much so that if stripped of everything, we could stand knowing our identity resides in Him, not in our activities, material things or our passions and so it is with our daughter. Our greatest desire for her is this; that she know she is loved by our Saviour, the daughter of a King, a future resident of Heaven and that there is no reason greater to dance, that if stripped of this talent, she can still stand tall because in truth, no stage or applause here will fulfill her, only Jesus can do that.

    I pray this over myself as well, I love Jesus so much, I want to ensure that I reflect that in my daily decision making … I don’t want to choose Barabbus today, I want to choose Christ. I want any mask I wear stripped away, so that I may stand in the Garden; a daughter, a bride, so fully unveiled that my eyes only see Christ. ~ B

    • Betsy

      Your words took my breath away…AMEN!

    • Stacy

      Thank you for this ~B~!! I have a 2 year old daughter and often feel overwhelmed and unsure how to pray for her. Thank you for articulating such a beautiful, powerful prayer.

    • Heather (MNmomma)

      This B….this just hit home for me this morning…..thank you <3

    • Renee

      Wow! So articulate and beautiful! Do you mind if I share?

    • Ginger

      Beautifully spoken B! Thank you for your words!

    • Momofgirls

      Today I am praying with B for her daughter and mine as I my daughter expects to hear whether she will receive a full college scholarship…. I pray no matter the outcome she too will find her identity in Christ that God would be glorified. She has poured so much of her life into this pursuit and I’m anxious for the results and for her reaction and how this one event may effect her relationship with God. I take comfort that Jesus is still king regardless of events today and am clinging to his truth. John 11:40 Lord, I want to see your glory!

    • candacejo

      Love this, B, simply love it. “no stage or applause here will fulfill her” or us! Thank you for these words to remind us to choose Him.

    • J

      I’ve never commented before , but the truth in your words has forced me to thank you. Bless you for being Gods mouthpiece
      J

    • Debbie

      Beautiful, ~B. I prayed this for my kids today too, that jesus would be their reason “to dance”! ❤️

    • Kelly R Smith

      What a beautiful lesson! Thank you for sharing your precious daughter with us.

    • byHisgrace

      Just beautiful.

    • Nads

      I loved today’s meditation and your response…how wonderful! I am convicted by all of it and pray it makes genuine change in my life.

      I have to say that, it some ways, it reminds me of Christians who have been given the gift of Christ, THE Way but, in an effort to be considerate and accepting of others (politically correct), they reframe THE Truth as “a truth”. Why do we feel guilty or arrogant for being certain of our Saviour?! Instead, we must claim Him! And in that, pray for all those we love to taste Him and submit.

    • ~ B ~

      I can not say enough how grateful I am for this ever-loving, ever-encouraging community. God continues to use you amazing women and I am so thankful to be a part of it. Prayerful over each of you today.

  • churchmouse

    “Even today, the people of God have a habit of trading in a king who will reign forever, for one who is passing away.” I am a person of God and I have that habit of trading Him in for a ‘king’ who is passing away – that would be me. Every day I live I am also slowly passing away. And every day I make selfish choices, trading my King for myself. How foolish! Thank you Raechel for your devotion. Thank you for reminding me that to daily surrender to my King is always wise. “No one is good like God.” If I want to live ‘the good life’, I must remove myself from the throne and bow to the One who alone can deliver good here and now and eternal life in my future. Thank you, Lord Jesus!

  • I’m reminded of the trades I’ve made thinking they were more all the while knowing they would not be the best. Jesus is always, always, always better. What a sweet time to ask Him to fight for me and to trust that He alone is my sure defense.

  • Kristine L

    I always find it easier to call on the Lord to fight other people’s big battles (like the 2 year old at our daycare fighting cancer) than I do asking Him to fight my seemingly small, less significant battles (guarding my tongue, showing grace to all my first graders). But He leads the charge on both those fronts, doesn’t He? Even though it’s hard for me to believe that I’m just as worthy of that protection, strength, grace…

    • Alicia K

      amen to this , Kristine. I do the same thing. Praying that we both trust God for every battle today-big and small.

    • Heather (MNmomma)

      me too!

    • Dianne

      I think that’s true for a lot of us, but it’s when He shows up in the small details of my life that I think I get the most excited! To know that He cares that intimately about and for me is so sweet and does much to grow my faith and draw me closer to Him. ❤️

  • Kelly R Smith

    The review of the trading through the ages opened my eyes to the trades I make–the King for (perceived) self-rule, servant living for selfish pursuits, grace for guilt. None of my trades are good. I swap for something less thinking it will be more. Today is the day to declare Christ as King, live under His rule, and let Him fight my battles.

    • Shari

      Hi Kelly! I thank God for you. You encourage me every time I read the words you write. Today is no exception.

      Like you, I love the Lord Jesus with all of my heart. Yet I also, at times, make bad swaps. I am praying that both of us, today, will let Christ fight our battles.

      May you be blessed with joy! Smiles and hugs to you!

  • What a wonderful truth to start the day with, knowing God has commanded his angels to guard us in all our ways. Thank you God.

  • “They desired something less, thinking it might be something more.” The perfect gentle nudge/eye-opener this Monday morning. Thank you for your words, Raechel!

    • Kristina

      So true. As my husband says, the grass is not always greener on the other side.

  • Tricia Cavanaugh

    Thank you Tina.
    Have a blessed day sisters! ❤️

  • https://youtu.be/C9ujBoud26k

    This is one of my favorite songs this year…….. The Lion and the Lamb…

    Praying that Our King goes before us and ours today as as we move forward towards the battles we will face….and that we remenber that He has and WILL overcome it all for us…because He has promised so… Amen.
    Sending love and hugs to all.. Happy Monday. Xx

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