Topic: Will To Conquer [DCLM Daily Manna Tuesday April 17, 2018]
Text: 2 Kings 13:14-21 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice” (2 Kings 13:19).
King Joash had the privilege of reigning simultaneously at the time of Elisha. On his last visit to the prophet, he had the golden opportunity which would have earned Israel manifold victories over Syria but he missed it. He was instructed to smite the ground with his arrows, which he only did thrice. He was then informed that he would only defeat Syria thrice. In essence, King Joash quit the battle before he started the fight.
The world is a battlefield. Job states: “Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward” (Job 5:6,7). No one is insulated against the pangs of the world’s troubles and travails of its battles – you must fight or be overpowered. If you choose to remain passive, the enemy will move against you and take you captive. The visible troubles, problems, trials, obstacles and conflicts that fill this world are the surface results of on-going battles for the soul.
If you want to fight, you must know how. Since this war is not visible or conventional, the weapons are not the usual mechanism and devices of invincibility. As true children of God, our weapons are “mighty through God”. Elisha demonstrated this when he asked Joash to smite the ground prophetically. Winners of life’s battles are those who engage the enemy from the Lord’s side fully armed with the whole armour (Ephesians 6:10-18). Sinners in the rebel’s army cannot fight from within the satanic fold. They must cross over to Jesus, leaving their sins behind and persistently continue with Him. The devil’s weaponry is no match for the believer’s armoury, provided the believer is ever ready for battle and willing to be victorious.
Thought For The Day: The will to conquer is the first condition of victory.
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