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“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:10-12, NLT)

“And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. 11 So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. 12 This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.” (Ephesians 6:10-12, The Message)

This week I have a “series” I’m going to focus on that I’ve titled “The Struggle.” Each day will have a different focus. Don’t take the title as a negative as I want to talk each day about where the struggles in life come from as well as what some of the struggles in life we go through produce. We cannot avoid facing struggles in life, they will come. What I’ve learned is how to identify where they are coming from, know that they can’t last forever, and know that God will always bring some sort of good out of any struggle. If you’ve read my word for 2016 about taking action, I believe you will be able to get something out of these this week. It will relate to some things you dealt with in 2015 and will give you some insight into things you may deal with in the future.

Today, the focus is knowing where the struggle is coming from. Most of you, if not all of you, are familiar with the passage above found in Ephesians. What we must always remember as Christians is that the struggles we face in life are not against things of the flesh but against higher powers who would love to destroy your destiny. In the day of battle, Roman soldiers were to stand their ground, not retreat. As long as they stood together on a flat, open field and did not break ranks, their legions were considered virtually invincible. We must do the same when facing struggles against the enemy. Stand our ground and do not retreat. I think a key to this is that “As long as they stood together.” I’ve talked about this before but it is vital to our Christianity that we stand together, that is how we defeat the enemy. We stand together as one large army to not only fight our battle, but help others fight theirs. When we stand together and don’t break rank, we become virtually invisible.

You must know where your struggle is coming from. It’s not your boss, co-worker, friend, or neighbor. It may seem like it but there is a higher power at work that wants to steal your purpose and destiny. Know where your struggle comes from so that you know how to battle. One of the definitions of struggle is: “To advance with violent effort.” You don’t win a fight by lazily and fearfully fighting. You advance violently with a mindset of victory and taking out anything and everything that gets in your way.

In this season, as you take action, know where your struggle comes from and know how to fight because you are victorious!

Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

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