Winning The Battles Of Life – Through Our Strength Or God’s?

Grace For The Journey

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13Sept

What battles have you been fighting in lately?  What battles are just ahead, around the corner, and over the horizon that you will be fighting?  One thing is certain: every believer fights battles.  The problem is not that we face battles; the problem is that we face far too many of them in our own strength.  We have forgotten what the Bible teaches about battles . . .

The battle is the Lord’s

Here are just a few of the verses that make it perfectly clear that our God is the One who is to be fighting our battles if we are ever going to gain victory over them.

Exodus 14:13-14, “Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.  The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.’”

Joshua 23:9-10, “The LORD has driven out before you great and strong nations. And as for you, no man has been able to stand before you to this day.  One man of you puts to flight a thousand, since it is the LORD your God who fights for you, just as He promised you.”

1 Samuel 17:47, “The Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.”

Nehemiah 4:20, “In the place where you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.”

Psalm 60:12, “With God we shall do valiantly; it is He who will tread down our foes.”

Zechariah 4:6, “’Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.”

2 Corinthians 2:14, “Now thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ.”

Of course, there are many stories in the Bible of God fighting for His people and winning for them the victory.

  • There is Moses and the children of Israel facing the great Egyptian army.
  • There is Gideon and his 300 warriors against the mighty Midianite army.
  • One of the best stories of God fighting for His people – in His way and with His weapons – is found in the story of Joshua and the children of Israel conquering the Promised Land.

Joshua was leading the Israelite army against the Amorite army.  Before the battle began, God said to His servant Joshua, “Do not fear them for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.”  (Joshua 10:8).

God is in the business of fighting for His people and delights in delivering them from what, to the watching world, looks like insurmountable odds.  In the middle of Joshua’s battle against the Amorite kings, God sent a “holy” hailstorm to do for His people what only God can do for them, “And it happened, as they fled before Israel and were on the descent of Beth Horon, that the LORD cast down large hailstones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died.  There were more who died from the hailstones than the children of Israel killed with the sword.” (Joshua 10:11).  Hail is a conquering weapon for the people of God when it is in the hand of a Holy God.

These truths have great implications for the child of God today . . .

If God is for us . . . who cares who is against us!

  • When you are wronged, let God make it right.
  • When you are wounded, let God make you whole.
  • When you are put down, let God lift you up.

Whatever it is you are up against, you are not up against it alone.  God is not only with you, He is the One who is fighting for you.

Look to God for strength and victory.  What “Holy Help” is God ready to send your way if you will but let Him fight your battles for you?

  • The “Holy Help” of hope
  • The “Holy Help” of patience
  • The “Holy Help” of forgiveness
  • The “Holy Help” of vision
  • The “Holy Help” of godly counsel
  • The “Holy He;[” of a Barnabas to encourage you
  • The “Holy Help” of endurance

The amazing thing about this biblical truth is . . .

It will do more for you than you could ever do for yourself!

If the battle is the Lord’s, then the way to victory is the Lord’s . . . so we can rest in this truth.

God reminds us of that in Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

13Sept(2)

This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey

Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

 

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