Bible Study & Devotional (Day 118)
Guiding Scripture: Judges 8:27: “Gideon made the gold into an ephod, which he placed in Ophrah, his town. All Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and his family.”
🔴 When the Battle is Over
By Contributing Writer Magan Martin
Sometimes in life, we are knowingly fighting spiritual battles. These battles come in so many different forms, don’t they? Sometimes it’s in addictions, abuse, anger, relationships, hardships. . . truly, the list can go on and on. I won’t spend too much time talking about these battles because that’s not the focus for us today, but the truth is, as Christ-followers, we know how to combat those battles, don’t we? I’m not saying they’re easy fights, but we learn to pull out Ephesians 6:11-17, the whole armor of God. We know that our battle is lost without God, so we fight fervently, clinging to the Lord—and we’re victorious in Him.
We’re like Gideon in those moments.
Gideon, though he wasn’t perfect, excelled in the moments of spiritual battle. He listened to God and fought, standing in the faith that God was with him, and because of that faith, he witnessed astonishing God moments.
But after the victory, after the celebrations and congratulations, Gideon struggled after returning to everyday life. See, Gideon was an awesome God-follower in the heat of the moment, at the points of “faith highs,” but he struggled in the day-to-day living of a godly life. He didn’t know how to handle the mundane, and he became complacent.
Christ-follower, are you complacent in your life? Are you struggling to stay on fire for God?
My prayer for you today is that you will never be less faithful in the daily grind than you are in the times when your spiritual sword is flying.
Prayer: Father God in heaven, may we always love and live for you with zeal. I pray that I will use all the armor You’ve given me to stand victorious in You, and I pray that I will keep that same tenacity when my life is calm. Lord, may I live for you just the same in my everyday life as I do during the battles. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray, Amen
This devotional was submitted by Magan Martin, a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose. Edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Connect with Magan Martin at www.wrongkindofchristian.com
Magan hails from the heart of the USA, in the very southeast corner of Kansas. She’s married with three beautiful kids who keep them on their toes. Magan and her husband both own businesses as well as work regular jobs. You can find us on Facebook Crown Promotions and Big End Motorsports. Magan also teaches online English classes every morning to kiddos in China. And serves as a youth minister and on the local school board.
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