through His Word
by Katy Kauffman
My excitement morphed into frustration. After opening the box and pulling out a new but reasonably priced phone, I couldn’t wait to download some apps. They were calling to me from Google Play. I tapped “Install” and waited. Nothing happened. I tapped again. No downloading commenced. So I googled.
The problem was that Google Play’s default setting was to wait for WiFi in order to download the apps. I had to adjust to a new set of defaults. Sometimes we think we know how something works, but like my small battle with technology, we don’t understand everything that’s in play. Like default settings.
Do you know what victory’s default setting is? I thought I did, but after winning a certain spiritual battle, I relapsed. I fell into the same wrong pattern of thinking, and I was frustrated with myself. Hadn’t I learned better? Wasn’t I tired of the same old struggle?
Scripture helps us to know how to walk in sustained victory. If we did a “google” search of Scripture, one of the top results would be Joshua 1:8, one of victory’s default settings.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth,
but you shall meditate in it day and night,
that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.
For then you will make your way prosperous,
and then you will have good success.”
Joshua 1:8 NKJV
Victory happens when God’s word becomes a part of who we are—when we speak it, meditate on it, and do it. Winning spiritual battles and sustaining those victories happens when we abide in God’s word and it abides in us. Just as Joshua needed God’s wisdom and direction to lead His people into the promised land, we need God’s wisdom for knowing how to refuse temptation and embrace His ways. We need His help in overcoming fear, worry, and anger, and choosing faith and love instead.
Another default setting for victory can be found in the same chapter—closeness to God Himself. Joshua could walk in victory because the LORD was with him.
“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life;
as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.
I will not leave you nor forsake you.”
Joshua 1:5 NKJV
I’ve been a Christian for almost thirty years, and something I never want to take for granted is closeness to God. At times I find myself praying because I’m used to it. It’s almost routine. But when I stop to think that God Himself is listening and I can talk to Him at any time I want, my mind’s voice gets really quiet and I just sit still. I remember afresh who God is, and I thank Him for being near. I can also ask Him to help me with whatever challenge I’m facing, and He gives wisdom and grace—grace being the desire and ability to do His will. He reminds me of principles from His word, and I know what to do. I can see the path to victory.
Closeness to God helps us to abide in victory. When we draw close to Him through Bible reading, prayer, and a heart’s attitude of “with God,” we’re mindful of how He thinks and operates, and we want even more to choose His way of doing things. We follow Him and listen for His direction. We avoid the pitfalls and stick to His path. Closeness to God satisfies our hearts (Psalm 107:9) with love and fellowship, and it strengthens us for each day’s journey.
How have you seen closeness to God and His word help you in your spiritual battles? Share with us how He has helped you to win some victories and what part His word played. May we never forget that God and His word are victory’s default settings. We need Him each day.
© Copyright 2019 by Katy Kauffman
This week I’m starting a new blog series called “Sustaining Life’s Victories,” and the first key is staying close to God and His word. In each post, I’ll be sharing another principle on how to win life’s spiritual battles and sustain those victories. Guest writers will be joining me and sharing what they’ve learned as well.
Be sure to follow this blog to receive our posts by e-mail! If you would like to read more about winning life’s spiritual battles, check out 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, and Breaking the Chains: Strategies for Overcoming Spiritual Bondage. Both books are available from our website and Amazon. The first one focuses on winning the battles of life and ministry, and the second one focuses on strategies for overcoming specific forms of spiritual bondage like fear, worry, and anger. Victory is possible because God makes it possible.
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