Today's reading

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. –Exodus 14:14 NIV

December 1, 2023

The Greatest Ally

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. –Exodus 14:14 NIV

If we’ve been Christians for more than five minutes, we know what it’s like to go through spiritual battles. At the time, our troubles seem insurmountable, our faith weak, and our strength gone. However, when victory comes, we finally see that the Father is there all the time. We are able to see how He was working when we thought He had left us. Our faith is stronger, hope is restored, and growth comes. It’s not in times of peace but in the heat of the battle that we truly discover what we’re made of and where our confidence lies. It’s in the heat of the battle that we dig deep and find a strength we never knew we had. 

During times of battle, nations pull together for the good of all, determined to overcome the enemy of their freedom. In our personal battles, we, too, have an ally. The Father works with us to protect the freedom of our hearts, souls, and minds. The battle is the Lord’s, and we will not be overcome as we rest in His strength. Victory is guaranteed if we persevere. So, we must not give up or get discouraged. “…The battle is the Lord’s…” (1 Samuel 17:47).

prayer focuses

Thank You, Lord, that when battles come, I am not fighting them alone. The battle belongs to You.

Lord, help me to fight the good fight of faith.


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Brenda Beattie

Brenda Beattie is a retired letter carrier and an active Chaplain for the USPS. She and her husband retired to Bradenton because they loved their church, Bayside Community Church. She has self-published two books, "Finding Sacred Ground In The Daily Grind," and "The Case Of The Missing Letter." She is also a repeat author for "Chicken Soup For The Soul." Her articles appear monthly in the "Mountaineer," a postal publication. Her hearts desire is to encourage and to give hope.