BATTLE SMART

David Wilkerson Today

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010

BATTLE SMART

Whenever opposition arises, God’s grace thrives in us. Think about what
happens to a tree when a great storm beats violently against it. The wind
threatens to uproot the tree and carry it away. It breaks off branches and
blows away its leaves. It loosens its roots and blows off its buds. And when
the storm is over, things look hopeless.

Yet, look closer; the same storm that opened crevices in the earth around the
trunk of the tree has helped the roots go deeper. The tree now has access to
new, deeper sources of nutrition and water. And it has been purged of all its
dead branches. The buds may be gone, but others will grow back more fully. I
tell you, that tree is now stronger, growing in unseen ways. And just wait till
harvest—because it’s going to bear much fruit!

Maybe you’re in a storm right now. The wind is blowing hard, shaking you
violently, and you think you’re going down. Beloved, don’t panic! You’ve
got to know that in the midst of the tempest, you are putting down deep
spiritual roots. God is developing in you a deepening humility, a greater
mourning and sorrow for sin, a heightened hunger for his righteousness.

God is making you a seasoned soldier of the cross—battle-scarred, but
battle-smart and courageous. You may get down on yourself at times—but the
Lord never does. The fact is, he could have acted sovereignly at any time to
pluck you out of your struggle. But he didn’t—because he saw it producing
in you a greater thirst for him!

Romans 5:3 says, “Tribulation worketh patience.” The word worketh means
“to accomplish.”

In 2 Corinthians 4:17 we read, “For our light affliction, which is but for a
moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” The
word worketh in this verse is the same as in Romans 5:3.

Read this devotion online: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/9880

Pulpit Series Newsletters
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Father’s Love, 08.30.10
http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/coverletter/2010/fathers-love

The Lovingkindness of the Lord, 08.09.10
http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/coverletter/2010/the-lovingkindness-of-the-lord

Peace of Mind in These Troubled Times, 07.19.10
http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/coverletter/2010/peace-of-mind-in-these-troubled-times

Sermons By David Wilkerson
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Demonstration of the Spirit and of Power, 11.04.05
http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/4722

The Lord’s Loving Response to Grief, 10.25.09
http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/sermons/david_wilkerson/lords_loving_response_to_grief

Feeding Christ, 05.01.03
http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/4750

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