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Nov 19, 2011


What do you do when the house burns, money runs out, and people spread false rumors about you? _____ Fill in your own blank if I missed your crisis, but we all agree—Bad things happen in this world. There is a fail-safe solution. Let's talk about it.

I've watched people wrap their arms around themselves and crawl into a corner when bad things happen. Two years later they're still whining about the situation. Exact date and time? They'll tell you without being asked.

Many of the people I mentor start out in whine mode, but if they do what the Bible instructs, they'll use the winning-the-battle methods God describes. Follow His three-step method, and you'll win any battle that you face, even if you're slicing onions.

Yes, onions. Today I sliced onions and put them in the freezer for next week. My eyes watered. I blew my nose. Until I spoke the winning words any Christian can use in any type of battle. The words were barely out of my mouth before my eyes dried up and I finished the job in peace. I chuckled and whispered, "Thanx, God."

I could sense His smile. "Piece of cake." His laugh rumbled through the kitchen.

You don't need to know all of the Bible, especially if you're a new Christian. Ephesians 6:10 is a good verse for lots of situations, including this one: "Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power." Repeat the verse until you know it backward, forward, and upside down.

We're in a war! Put on your armor. (verses 11 & 12)

The Apostle Paul mentions the source of all our trouble. ALL?

Paul knew what we forget—My brother/sister is not the enemy. The Enemy(Satan) is the enemy. We waste our time and hurt God's heart if we blame our fellow man for our problems.

What gives us the right to stand/ resist the enemy? Not our money, not our good grades or degrees, not our nice clothes or bank account.... When Jesus died on the cross He won the battle between Himself and Satan. If we've made Him Lord of our lives, the Bible says we're in His family. We're winners! How? Jesus gives His winner standing to His entire family. Wooo hoo!

Satan lost the battle. Anyone who follows him is a loser. Satan doesn't want us to know he's a loser, and he puts up a good fight, but in the end he will be defeated and Jesus will win. Yippee Skippee!

We can allow Satan to win. How? By neglecting to use the power Jesus wants us to have. I've already said anything we need at any time has already been provided. Read the remaining verses in Ephesian 6, or at least through verse 20. You'll understand what I mean.

Get those ten verses in your knower. Then apply them.

Study 2 Chronicles 20:1-29, the story of how God won a great victory for the Israelites when defeat stared them in the face.

Sure, studying these verses will take more time than usual, but it will be worth it. When people start throwing curses, when you're being abused, when you don't know which direction to drive, whatever the crisis, call out the words—"The battle belongs to the Lord."

Let's say it all together— 

Tell us in the comments how God helped you when you called out this verse. I call it a battle cry. Not an onion cry (grin).

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