Yaaasssss! Okay, treasured one! I am so excited to study God’s Word with you. The key to a great week of Bible study is the way you start, especially getting inspired for your week of study by reading our Treasured Devotion.
Today we are going to start walking through a week of the Nourish Notes Pages together using the Treasured Devotion posted below.
Turn to your Nourish Notes Pages that follow the Nourish Notes tab in your notebook and find DAY ONE > PREPARE.
Read the devotion below and follow steps 1, 2, and 4 on the DAY ONE > PREPARE page inside your Nourish Notes.
Your Treasured Devotion
Overcoming the Overwhelming
The injustice knocked the very breath out of me and left me powerless. If I am walking inside my purpose, why did my pathway include a battle? Am I outside the will of God? Overwhelming feelings darkened a heavy unwelcome shadow over my faith. How could I fight this foe?
As an innocent bird speeding with purpose flies into a window and falls back stunned, when we forge ahead in the pathway of our purpose, the battles we face can startle our souls and drain our strength.
When you are staying true to your purpose and suddenly find yourself facing a battle, how do you respond? Sometimes I am tempted to quit and escape my battle instead of facing my problem. Other times I pick up those techniques I learned to use when I face the world without God: self-reliance, blame, retaliation, victim mentality, and manipulation. Then other times I remember that as God’s child I can choose another way to face my battles – standing in the all-surpassing strength that only God can provide.
A final word: “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” – Ephesians 6:10 NLT
A battle interrupted the Israelite’s journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. The brutal Amalekites attacked the Israelites. Clearly these experienced warriors had the advantage in this attack against a tribe of recently freed slaves and wilderness wanderers. But because Moses chose to rely humbly on God’s strength, he led the Israelites to victory.
- Moses relied on God’s strength. Moses held high the staff of God, which represented his dependency on God’s power. Pride too often prevents us from depending on God’s power. When you are faced with a battle, remember to pick up the armor of God and rest in His power instead of your own strength or worldly techniques (Ephesians 6:10-17).
- Moses prayed. His lifted arms represented prayer. When we respond to battles by falling on our knees first and lifting our problems to the Lord, we are inviting God into the process instead of trying to fix things on our own. Moses interceded for Joshua and the Israelites. Whom do you need to intercede for in your current situation? When you are facing a battle, let prayer be your first action step to experience victory (Ephesians 6:18).
- Moses accepted help from others. When Moses’ arms became so heavy he could no longer hold them up, Aaron and Hur came alongside to help. Moses received this help instead of resisting it and “as a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle” (Exodus 17:13 NLT). Sometimes a battle can trigger a stubborn self-reliance that declares, I will survive and get through this on my own. Many of us learned to take this route during past traumas when we found that trusting others was not safe. Battles often invite us to isolate ourselves, but this is not God’s way. He wants us as believers to stand together. To support one another. When faced with a battle, be willing to accept offers of help from the body of Christ (Ecclesiastes 4:12).
You are not alone in that battle you face, treasured one. Stand in the strength that only God can provide, pray, accept help from God’s family… and experience victory as you remain steadfast in your purpose.
Nourish Scripture: Exodus 17:8-16
The Treasured Devotion is a weekly part of your She Is Treasured Bible study.
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