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They Are Stronger Than We (Numbers 13:26-31)

Introductory Thoughts

During times of battle, the people of God typically find themselves cast as the underdogs. The enemy is often stronger and wiser and more desirous of gaining victory at any cost. When the Israelites spied out the land of Canaan, God instructed them to view the fruit of the land because that was the area in which God had given them promise. Instead, the Israelites focused upon the reputation of the enemy and considered the insurmountable odds they faced. In like manner, today’s believer faces superior foes: the world, the flesh, and the Devil. Faith, however, refuses to retreat and trusts that God dwelling within each believer can and will give the strength necessary to overcome any superior foe (1 John 4:4).

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Read about these seemingly hopeless situations and the men who knew God was their strength: Deuteronomy 5:15; 1 Samuel 14:6, 13; 1 Samuel 17:37; 2 Kings 6:15-17; 2 Chronicles 32:7-8. We are safe in Gods hands (John 10:27-29).
  • (For everyone): In what ways are you no match for the world, the flesh, and the Devil? What should your inferiority drive you to do? Should you hide and refuse to fight?
  • Why can a believer have hope for victory in spiritual warfare, while unbelievers are merely subject to be servants to their own ungodly desires?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Thank God for being your strength in times of battle.
  • Ask God to remind you of the importance of faith in warfare.