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Fighting Battles

I have two special people that I am praying with for God to fight a specific battle. Both are totally unrelated issues but neither feel this is something they can fight. One is huge emotionally and one is huge in the real world. So I suggested we ask God to fight these battles and all three thank Him, at every thought, for fighting this battle. Psalm 34: 17, "The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles." I learned to do this because I continue to be amazed at how He can fight battles. It is like when I say, "just show off, God!" He can do things so much better than I can imagine. He can use supernatural powers and He does! Isaiah 45: 2, "Isaiah 45: 2, "I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron." That is an awesome God!

The worldly issue has laid low for a while - we don't know for how long but we do believe it is because God is fighting it. I cannot begin to imagine how He is doing this. The other issue is also lying low right now and I would love to know what is going on behind the scenes but we just have to trust. Deuteronomy 9: 3, "But be assured today that the Lord your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the Lord has promised you."

I told them, both, that when those anxieties creep back in your mind, say out loud, "I trust YOU, God!" The more we hear ourselves say that the more quickly we think that. It becomes a habit! God fights our battles so we can be peaceful. Exodus 14: 14, "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." Spiritual warfare will always be lurking in the corner for Christians. Don't deny God's power in your life. Remember Proverbs 20: 22, "Do not say, 'I’ll pay you back for this wrong!' Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you."

Thank Him for those hard times because that is when we grow! "Spiritual growth doesn't happen when you're meditating or on a yoga mat. It happens in the midst of conflict - when you're frustrated, angry or scared and you're doing the same old thing, and then you suddenly realize that you have a choice to do it differently."


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