Stronger Than The Struggle: 5 Day Devotional

Day 1 of 5 • This day’s reading


God’s mission is to gather as many souls on earth as are willing to live with him for eternity. He is passionate—no, vigilant—for everyone to have an opportunity to choose him. When we give our lives to him, his mission becomes our mission, though we don’t see the whole picture as he does. We get caught up in our nearsighted natural and cultural realities.


So when we ask God to do something for us, our asking isn’t wrong; in fact, he wants us to ask. But often he will answer with a no or not yet. If we don’t agree with his answer or don’t want to wait, we struggle. We battle with his no. Sometimes we wonder if the Devil is withholding what we want from us. Sometimes we wonder if we lack the faith to move the hand of God. But in these cases, God is actually saying, “I’m going to do what’s best for the rest. I have a plan. Trust me.”


Each type of battle—internal, external, or theological—can leave us asking questions and struggling with life. Our questions may sound like this:


    • Why am I on this earth?

    • Is feeling lost normal?

    • What is God’s will for my life?

    • Am I ever going to feel as though I have enough?


    Maybe our questions go even deeper:

    • Do I belong?

    • Do I have what it takes?

    • Am I replaceable?

    • Can I really be happy?


Can I tell you something amazing? We don’t need to feel continually caught in these questions and the struggles of life. I want to help blow the lid off of the enemy’s plan and show you what he’s been up to. I want to empower you to tread him underfoot and keep him there. Right where he belongs.


Gone will be the days of constant warring, wondering if you have what it takes to belong to God. By walking this path together, we’ll learn how to clearly know when the battle is coming from inside of ourselves, when the Devil is involved, and when God is intervening to give us a plan for battle.


We’ll get practical and realistic. I’ll tell you what’s worked for me and share the small but radical shifts that have made a tremendous impact on my spiritual life. You can’t win a battle if you don’t have a fight plan — and God is ready to give you one.