Many times when we have obstacles we feel like we have to fight in our own strength. When we try to fight in our own strength, we get tired and give in too early. The fact is the battle is not yours. It’s the Lord’s.
When we give our problems to God, we give him our fear, our anguish, our burdens. We don’t try to assist him or try to help him out. When we give our problems to God, we admit “God, I’m not strong enough to handle this, so I’m giving it to you.” One thing I love about the battles in the bible is that it was not won is traditional strength. It was won in supernatural strength.
Take the story of Jericho. The children of Israel were shut out of Jericho because there was a wall around the city. Instead conquering the city through traditional means, God told them to do something that was unusual. He told them to march around the city once a day and then on the seventh day march around it seven times and the city will be theirs. In traditional terms, this was odd. Marching around a city once a day is not conquering it. However, the children of Israel obeyed God and followed his instructions.
By time the seventh day came and they marched around the city seven times, they gave a loud shout. The walls of the city fell down. The children of Israel did not have to scheme a plan but instead they obeyed God and followed his plan. He helped won their battle. In every battle, we have to trust God fully. Some battles, we don’t know exactly how we’re going to win or actually understand God’s strategy. In fact, God might tell us to stand still when we want to get out there and fight. This is hard and I admit there are times when I want to hop in and help God. But then I remember that I can’t handle this by myself.
Remember that almost all the battles that we are fighting is not physical, but spiritual. “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against the might powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12 NLT).
God has given us instructions on how to approach every battle: “Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:14-17 NLT).
Think about it. Most of your problems will not be solved simply through physical force and even if you could, you’ll still be in a mental/spiritual battle in your mind. Be encouraged that you are not facing your problems alone. God is with you.
“Do not be afraid! Do not be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15 NLT).
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