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Fighting Battles

For the past several years I have tried to ask God to fight my battles, especially when I know it does no good to discuss the issue, for whatever reason. Recently, I had a situation that I felt strongly about and so did my daughter. It seemed everywhere I turned my opinion, not being a popular one, was getting judged and shamed. The person that this involved called me very frustrated so we prayed, over the phone, that God would stop this situation if He did not want it to happen. It was stopped and not even mentioned for another two weeks! Fast forward to the next week. The situation arose again on the heels of some very bad news which left my daughter upset. She wanted me to stop the situation and I told her I could not but we could let God fight this battle. She reminded me that He had stopped the situation previously and she was exactly right. No explanation - the door was just slammed shut. So that night we prayed for God to fight this battle. If it was meant to be then to please give us protection, peace and understanding. If not, please stop it. The next afternoon we were to face the giant. That morning I was part of a group text from a friend, knowing nothing about our situation, sharing something she had done. What she had done was the perfect solution to our problem. God worked it all out! I told that person she was an answered prayer and when she explained the solution - it should have never happened. It was a big glitch! Haha, no it wasn't! It was God fighting our battle!


In church we sing, "Surrounded - This Is How I Fight My Battles" by Upper Room Music. I love, "It may look like I'm surrounded But I'm surrounded by You". That is exactly how I felt. I felt like there was no way out and we were down to the wire. But God's timing is perfect and because of His timing we had to lean on Him. Psalm 31: 15, "My times are in your hands;

deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me." I could not figure a way out. Proverbs 3: 5, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding..." We had to wait and trust God to do what was best. We also had to trust that if things did not go as we believed was best that He would help us understand and trust Him more! So when we saw the miracle unfold we knew it was Him!


Too often we fight our own way and it does not work. I remember watching the movie, War Room, and learning how Miss. Clara fought her battles. She went in her specific room, her "war room" and prayed. She encouraged this struggling and bitter couple to find happiness through prayer. You probably don't argue with your spouse but I have learned there are certain topics that I handle best by letting God fight the battle. I have found that works a lot better than me opening my mouth! Philippians 4: 6, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."


Sometimes we are facing battles that we do not even know how to pray. Romans 8: 26, "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans." Whatever battles you are fighting, talk to God. It does not matter how big or how small. Let Him fight on your behalf. We have to remember that we are not fighting for victory but from victory. Jesus has already won the battle!


I hear so many people say they are fighting battles within themselves. Maybe it is guilt, shame, too many mess ups, etc. If you have repented and asked God for forgiveness, He has forgiven you. Look ahead and move forward. Recognize those negative voices are not of God. Ask God to take those voices from you and He will. Matthew 25: 41, “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.'" Basically, this is saying that next time Satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future!


"Prayer is what opens up the floodgates for God to come down and be involved in our everyday circumstances." Priscilla Shirer

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