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Winning Battles, Losing Wars

| 1:45 MIN READ |

Life continually presents potential battlegrounds and battle opportunities to us. Around every corner, there’s another possible fight waiting. Unfortunately, some folks have never met a fight they didn’t like. They’re committed warriors, but often in battles not worth fighting or winning.

How many times have you involved yourself in a conflict that eventually only wasted your time and energy, and left no one better? Chances are, we’ve all had more than our share of these.

Many of these wasted battles are with people over things that are, at the end of the day, insignificant. We may even win these battles but end up destroying others and our relationship with them in the process. That’s not winning at all.

The most important battles you will ever face in life, and the ones genuinely worth fighting and winning, is with yourself. Going to war against bad personal habits, personality dysfunctions, sinful behavior and attitudes, and destructive thinking is always worth it. Why? Because winning these battles actually move your life forward!

Paul, the apostle, wrote about his commitment to fight personal issues in his life. Note his words in 1 Corinthians 9:27 (TPT) “… I train like a champion athlete. I subdue my body and get it under my control so that after preaching the good news to others I myself won’t be disqualified.”

The Greek word Paul used for “subdue” means, “to enslave.” It means that he set out to conquer the demands and habits of his body and mind. He was committed to fighting the one war worth the fight, the battle with himself!

What about you? Are you winning battles but losing the war that really matters—the war with yourself? Fight the fight that is worth winning — the battle with you!

Pastor Dale