Tug of war…remember that sport you played as a child? Two teams line up and grab opposite ends of a rope. Then each team tries to pull the other down. Do you sometimes feel that represents the Christian life?

We grab the rope and take our stand confidently, knowing the Lord in all his strength is behind us—and a bunch of unseen angels.

Tugging with all our might, with feet firmly fixed, we begin to wobble and waver, feeling the intensity of the pull from the other team—the enemy of our soul and his cohorts.

We know they are no match for our squad, but they’re good at distracting and throwing darts of fear and panic. We start to worry that we can’t stand strong, and our feet begin to slide.

Breaking news! The two team-captains are not co-equal! Our enemy is not all-powerful. And he is no match for our mighty Lord!

Our enemy is not all-powerful. And he is no match for our mighty Lord! Click To Tweet

In this tug of war, lock your knees and stand. You do not have to give in or give up.

But don’t take my word of it. Here’s what God’s Word says.

“I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8).

“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22).

“Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide” (Psalm 26:1).

“O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard: Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved” (Psalm 66:8-9).

“Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not” (Psalm 17:5).

“Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip” (Psalm 18: 36).

“Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip” (Psalm 18: 36). Click To Tweet

“…I wild render praises unto thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?” (Psalm 56:12b-13).

“Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved” (Psalm 62:1-2; see also verses 5-6).

“For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living” (Psalm 116:8-9).

“My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved…” (Psalm 121:3a).

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand” (Psalm 37:23-24).

“For the king trusts in the LORD. The unfailing love of the Most High will keep him from stumbling” (Psalm 21:7 Living Bible).

“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 24).

Are you feeling courageous yet? Print the following passage and read it every day.

The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
So shall thy be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
Proverbs 3:19-26

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* All Scriptures King James Version unless noted.

© Dianne Barker 2018


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