This is How I Fight My Battles, #2

“And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chron 20:15

I should have expected it. As soon as I post about overcoming the enemy, he comes in like a flood. But Isaiah 59:19b tells us, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” There were attacks on every front. To say I was overwhelmed would be an understatement. But here I am, still standing. I did not intend for there to be such a gap in posts, but such is life. The thing to always remember is that in spite of the battles we face, we keep fighting. When you get knocked down, you have to get back up, dust off, and start moving forward again. We must never give up! God is in our midst, fighting on our behalf. Why would we fear or be dismayed?

The song, “This is How I Fight My Battles-Surrounded,” states, “It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You.” Let’s take a look at Jehoshaphat’s battle in 2 Chronicles 20. He had three groups coming against him. It would probably be safe to say he felt surrounded. When he inquired of God about how to overcome his enemy, the Lord told him he would not even have to fight. God gave Jehoshaphat the plan, and he responded with faith and praise. He did not fear the enemies surrounding him. He and the people of Judah worshipped God. Let’s also notice that they did not wait until the victory was secured before they worshipped. They praised Him for His promise of deliverance. It states in verse 22, “Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.” First, they praised, then came the victory. When it looks like all hell is breaking loose around you, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made Heaven and Earth,” Psalm 121:1. This is how the battle is won. This is how the enemy is overcome. He watches how you will respond to circumstances and situations that come along. The devil stalks you and waits for you to become overwhelmed, scared, and exhausted. That is when he pounces. If he can convince us that we are defeated, then he wins. However, just a simple change in our response will transform our entire lives. Next time the enemy comes against you, go straight to God. Spend some time in prayer and worship and watch your Father go to work on your behalf. Do not fear, for the Lord is with you! “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever!” 2 Chron. 20:21b

This is How I Fight My Battles #1

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12

I don’t know about you, but it seems like the second my feet hit the floor, I am under attack. From every direction, the arrows come. Some come from the words and actions of others directed toward me, but most of my daily battles are fought against the thoughts and feelings swirling around in my mind. Doubt, confusion, fear, insecurity, worthlessness, and many more try to consume me. I would love to tell you that I always instantly recognize these fiery darts and quench them with the shield of faith and the Word of Truth. But while I am getting a little bit better each day, seeing through the clouds of lies can be a struggle. This is why daily Bible study, prayer, and worship is so important. This is where our relationship with God is established.

We read His Word, and meditate upon the promises. We can see where He delivered the children of Israel from their foes, and know that if He did for them, He’ll do it for us. We spend time in prayer, declaring the truths that we found in His Word, and draw closer to Him. Worship is an integral part of my prayer and Bible study. I can have it playing in the background and it helps me focus on Him. When I’m feeling overwhelmed by life, I can turn on a worship CD or my favorite YouTube worship channel, and it will help me get back to the right mindset. As Christians, we are not fighting a physical battle, even when the attacks are coming from other people. It is the spirit of darkness manipulating situations and people to bring us down. And just like in the days of the Old Testament, God will use the power of praise and worship to bring confusion into the enemy’s camp.