Monday, September 16, 2019

Promise, Fight, and Victory

By: Joanne Viola

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4, NIV)

God has given us great and wonderful promises by which to live. I cannot help but wonder why there have been times I would expect them to come easily, without a fight.

Yes, God has given us promises. They are for us today; and He also tells us, we will engage in a fight to live in the fullness of all He has for our lives.

God promised Abram land – The Promised Land. God Himself says to Abram:

“To your descendants I give this land, from the rivers of Egypt to the great river, The Euphrates..”  (Genesis 15:18, NIV)

God promised the land, even telling Abram the boundaries. He was quite clear on what was being given to him and to his future generations.

God, in His great mercy, also continues to tell Abram what to expect within those boundaries:

“… the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.” (Genesis 15:19, NIV)

God tells Abram, the land is yours, but there will also be a fight to gain it as there are people living there who are your enemies.

God is mighty and with one swell breath, He could have wiped the land clear of those occupants. But He did not.

God knew the land was way too tall of an order for His people to obtain all at once. They needed to grow in number to have the strength and abilities, to not only continuing to conquer the land, but to maintain the land.

In a nutshell – they needed to develop. The same is true for us. God desires for us to grow in strength and depth of relationship with Him.

Several years ago, I experienced deep joy as I heard a loved one say, “I am a cancer survivor!”

The joy in being able to say this was obvious in her words, her tone, and her face. It had been a long, hard year. A battle. It did not come easily. But she knew the joy of the victory which God had brought to her.

God has given His promises so that we have all we need to fight and are able to obtain what He has promised.

Through the promises and the fight,
we come to know the thrill of victory with Him.

May we fight hard – each and every day!

Photo by Carolyn V on Unsplash



  1. Joanne,
    Life, at times, can seem like a continuous series of battles, but like you beautifully pointed out, God builds our character and deepens our relationship with Him through every trial. What an awesome progression: Promise, Fight, and Victory. Through Him we are MORE than conquerors. Great way to start my am.
    Bev xx

    1. Bev, there have been times I have been discouraged by the battle. Viewing it as a progression helps me to remain focused and in prayer. May we not become weary for He brings a harvest in His time and in His way. xo

  2. So true, God's promises don't always make it easy, but they equip us for the fight. And often those times of challenge are when he grows our character and our faith.


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