Psalm 78: 9-11 - The sons of Ephraim were archers equipped with bows, yet they turned back in the day of battle. They did not keep the covenant of God and refused to walk in His law; they forgort His deeds and His miracles that He had shown them.
The apostle John wrote, "They overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death" (Rev. 12:11).
The elements of victory are recounted to us in this passage. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb: This means we no longer fight FOR victory but we fight FROM victory. Winning is assured when we enter the battle.
Matthew 11:12 - Violent men take the Kingdom by force.
It is to be understood that our battles are to be the manifestations of His victory. The ultimate challenge is not the battle itself but the decision to participate.
Notice that the "armor of God" in Ephesians Chapter 6 has no protection for your back. We are ill-equipped for retreat.
MY MOST FEARFUL STUMBLING BOCK IS ACTUALLY THE DOOR TO MY GREATEST VICTORY.
I HAVE THE COURAGE TO ADVANCE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY.
MY PROMISED LAND (MY DESTINY) LIES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FEAR.