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This week’s Bible study is adapted from the Bible Studies For Life curriculum.
Bible Passages: Daniel 10:1-3, 10-13, 16-19
What are some ways the Lord strengthens us in the midst of a spiritual battle?
Food for Thought by Michael Kelley:
Daniel lived a life of faithfulness, and he had seen and experienced incredible things. Now as an old man only a few years from his death, there was more for him to experience.
The first group of exiles had returned to Jerusalem, proving that God was making good on His promises. Meanwhile, as a result of his prayers, Daniel received a heavenly message about a great conflict, and the news was distressing to him. For three weeks he mourned, fasted and prayed.
Daniel knew the right thing to do whenever he encountered that which was bigger than himself; he took his concerns to the Lord. Like Daniel, prayer ought to be our first recourse during moments of trouble.
When Daniel brought his concern to the Lord, the Lord answered by sending His angel. Mysteriously, the heavenly being was delayed by another powerful spirit. Though he wasn’t fully aware of it, Daniel was engaged in a battle far bigger than himself.
Daniel was suddenly aware of his own weakness. He felt ill-equipped to speak with this angel, much less stand in the midst of the spiritual conflict.
Our ability to enter into and stand in battle isn’t dependent on our strength but on God’s. Daniel was strengthened not from his personal reserves but from an outside source. Our ability to stand in spiritual conflict is about our willingness to trust. In this sense, we can rejoice in our weaknesses. When we’re aware of our weakness, there’s no other option but to trust in the Lord.
The world is at war. Every human being is involved in the conflict. This isn’t a war of country against country; it’s a spiritual battle. As believers, we often don’t think in these terms; however, only by recognizing we’re in this fight can we stand against Satan and his wiles.
God equips and strengthens us to stand strong. We aren’t meant to fight alone.
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