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The Battle Belongs to the Lord

By Watchman | April 24, 2013

Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude,  for the battle is not yours, but God’s…Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you…

(2 Chronicles 20: 15, 17)

    I’ve been fighting battles for some years now.  Some have been just small skirmishes, and some have seemed like insuperable and bloody conflicts.  Yesterday I was praying over my latest battle and, as I often do, I asked the Lord to show me through His word what I should be doing.  When I pulled out my Bible, it opened immediately to the twentieth chapter of 2 Chronicles, and my eyes fell first on the scriptures quoted above.  God is so good!  He showed me clearly and concisely that although I had made the decisions that led to my current situation (God does expect us to do a certain amount of commonsense thinking on our own), He is waiting to fight this particular battle for me.  I am already victorious, because the battle is His!

     What battles are you facing?  Battles are not only waged on the battlefields of wars.  They are fought in our communities, in our own homes, with our own families, and even in our own hearts.  Sometimes they may be battles against poverty or illness; sometimes they may be battles between our flesh and our spirits.  And sometimes, we are at war with the enemy, Satan, who seeks to draw us away from the Father.  Satan loves to whisper in the unsuspecting ear words of despair and depression.  It is he who wakes us in the middle of the night to lie awake for hours worrying that we are useless, helpless or hopeless.  It is he who speaks words of discouragement into our hearts regarding friends and relatives who are unbelievers, that they will never heed the call of God and accept the wonderful gift of grace and salvation offered by the Lord Jesus.  It is he who tells us we are not worthy to be called children of God.  I know, because all of these fears have from time to time infested my thinking.  This, my dear friends in Christ, is thinking that originates straight from the father of lies–and NEVER from the heart of our Father God.  The law of binding and loosing spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 18:18 comes into play here.

“Truly I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Satan and his wicked assaults upon our self-esteem, our  families and even our knowledge of the nature of God can be bound and rendered harmless by calling upon the name of Jesus.  He who has a name above all names is prepared to bind in heaven what we bind here on earth.  Although it sounds arrogant and conceited to say it, this is our birthright as born-again believers.  If only others who are not yet believers could understand how truly humbling this knowledge is for us, rather than a source of pride!  As with all the gifts with which God endows us, we have done nothing to merit this ability; we cannot earn it or ever do anything spectacular enough to justify it.  It comes to us because Jesus loves us and died for us, rose again from the dead to lead us to eternal life , and because the battle actually does belong to the Lord.

     That the battle is the Lord’s does not mean that we will never become battle-weary, or that we may never sustain some battle scars.  Most of us will at times, without a doubt.  But in the battles we fight we know that the Lord sustains us by His right hand and will lead us through victorious; and at times we may be able to get through without a fight at all, when God tells us, “Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you.”  

     I feel blessed that my Lord has taken my fears and my problems and my battles upon Himself, and I can sing along with Jehoshaphat’s appointed singers:  “Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever!”

Maranatha!

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