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“It is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” —1 Samuel 17:47

Teenage David overcame gigantic Goliath with a slingshot and a few stones. But before he overcame Goliath, he overcame an even bigger enemy: discouragement. First from his older brother, then from King Saul, and finally from Goliath himself. All of them said David couldn’t do it.

David persevered not because he believed in himself but because he believed in God. Your goals for getting healthy do not depend solely on you. Turn them over to God and let him wage the battle for you.

If you are ever feeling discouraged, think of what David was able to do with his slingshot. Picture him standing up to the people who said it couldn’t be done. Pray for courage like David’s. God will empower you as you trust in him. You will be able to say, like David, “This is the Lord’s battle.”

Food for Thought: If you have been visited by discouragement, don’t let it stand in your way. God is ready to accompany you to battle.

The Daniel Plan 365 Day Devotional is a companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Daniel Plan.  This 365-day devotional provides the heartfelt insight you need to take your health to the next level.  Feast on something bigger than a fad.  Motivational tips, Scripture passages, Food for Thought, and a special note from Rick Warren lead the way to transformation for the long haul. 

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