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Session 34

How to fight with God’s strength

Read: 2 Samuel 24:1-9

As Christians, we fight battles on a daily basis. Some are internal, like the fight for personal integrity and purity. Others are on behalf of others, like the fight to raise our children well and to provide for our families.

These battles were meant to be fought using God’s strength and not our own (Zechariah 4:6). Yet, how often do we put our trust in our own abilities and greatness? We think we are able to resist temptation because of our own effort or we take pride in how we have worked hard to provide for our families.

David fell into this trap in 2 Samuel 24:1-9. By numbering the Israelites for military purposes, he took wrongful pride in the strength of his army. He looked to their power to defeat their enemies, instead of trusting God to deliver them.

When we trust in our own ability, we set ourselves up for failure. 

When we trust in our own ability and strength, we set ourselves up for failure (Proverbs 16:18). Instead, the apostle Paul encourages us to recognize that every good thing we are able to do is only through the grace of God and by the power of His Spirit at work in us (1 Corinthians 15:10; Colossians 1:29).

Three Ways to Fully Rely on God’s Strength and Greatness

  1. Start with humility: “God, I can do nothing apart from you. I need your help.”
  2. Act out of trust: “God, I trust in Your strength and ability. I acknowledge that my efforts are only able to succeed if You are fighting for me.”
  3. Give God the credit: “God, I am thankful for Your faithfulness to me. Any recognition or praise I receive belongs to You.”

Reflect:

  • Is there an area of your life that you take wrongful pride in? 
  • How would your life change if you fully relied on God’s strength and greatness instead of your own?
  • What is one thing you need to start doing or stop doing to trust in God instead of your own strength in that area?

1

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

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2

Respecting someone after they hurt you

Respecting someone after they hurt you

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3

When following God, always ask for directions

When following God, always ask for directions

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4

Does God call us to quit?

Does God call us to quit?

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5

Has your anger gone too far?

Has your anger gone too far?

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6

What “they” say doesn’t matter

What “they” say doesn’t matter

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7

Why waiting is worth it

Why waiting is worth it

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8

Why should I ask God what to do?

Why should I ask God what to do?

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9

Sing like no one is listening

Sing like no one is listening

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10

God always has a better plan

God always has a better plan

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11

Why would God choose me?

Why would God choose me?

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12

What is the secret to success?

What is the secret to success?

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13

Come out of the shadows

Come out of the shadows

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14

A life of harmony or hostility

A life of harmony or hostility

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15

What popcorn can teach you about sin

What popcorn can teach you about sin

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16

Did you hear what she did last night?!

Did you hear what she did last night?!

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17

Is God fair?

Is God fair?

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18

The difference between love and lust

The difference between love and lust

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19

Why would I reconcile with God?

Why would I reconcile with God?

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20

Is the work of discipline worth it?

Is the work of discipline worth it?

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21

How do you know who to trust?

How do you know who to trust?

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22

Choose your battles wisely

Choose your battles wisely

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23

How to handle the haters

How to handle the haters

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24

Pride: a fatal flaw

Pride: a fatal flaw

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25

Do you act before you think?

Do you act before you think?

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26

Getting over the grip of grief

Getting over the grip of grief

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27

Do for others what Jesus has done for you

Do for others what Jesus has done for you

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28

Your words can ease the tension

Your words can ease the tension

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29

Is God your last resort?

Is God your last resort?

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30

How do you feel about God?

How do you feel about God?

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31

How to praise God in all circumstances

How to praise God in all circumstances

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32

Waiting for a leader worth following?

Waiting for a leader worth following?

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33

What you need to lead others well

What you need to lead others well

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34

How to fight with God’s strength

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35

God’s character revealed

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