Jill Jarrell Newsome
Let God Fight Your Battles
I learned this through a trial - not a major thing but, still, a trial. There was someone who I felt did not care for me. She treated me different than others and left me out. It hurt my feelings and I just did not understand if or what ever happened. I decided that I was not going to "get involved". I was not going to treat her any different and I was not going to discuss it with her. This was my first time to let God fight a battle for me. I decided to thank Him for fighting this battle for me...every time I thought about it. I asked Him to open my eyes to my part of the battle. I also asked Him not to let me get in the way and to just trust Him! And a big thing that I pray for - I asked Him to let her see "Jesus" on my face no matter how I might be treated.
Within no time my feelings had changed and there was never another situation. I could have snowballed the situation by over thinking it. I could have snowballed the situation by discussing it with her. I could have snowballed the negativity by talking to others about it. And God made that situation better than anything I could have imagined.
"An Eagle does not fight the snake on the ground. It picks it up into the sky and changes the battle ground, and then it releases the snake into the sky. The snake has no stamina, no power and no balance in the air. It is useless, weak and vulnerable unlike on the ground where it is powerful wise and deadly." Take your fight into the spiritual realm by praying and when you are in the spiritual realm God takes over your battles. We could learn a lot from nature. We need to take our battlefield to the sky! And release it there!
What do I mean about God fighting our battles? It means we do not have to be angry, anxious or discouraged when trials happen. When things seem hopeless or overwhelming, we may begin to doubt God. But as Christians we must remember that no problem is too big for God. Philippians 4: 19, "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus."
In the Bible we know that Moses had faith that God would fight for him. When the Israelites got to the Red Sea they felt things were hopeless. The sea was in front of them and when they turned around, Pharaoh's army as chasing them. They were trapped and angry and they began yelling at Moses. Moses responds in Exodus 14: 14, "The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent." And then the best part! God opens up the Red Sea and Israel is commanded to walk. Can you imagine walking through the sea? With towers of water on each side of you? And then the water closing in on the enemy? Now if God can do that, you know He can fight your battle. Nothing is impossible for God! Luke 1: 37, "For there is nothing that God cannot do." (GNT) God is good and God can be trusted.
Through that trial (a huge trial) God made it very clear to Egypt that He is Lord. He taught Israel that He is their Deliverer! God is greater than whatever we face here in this world, and He fights for us today! If you're in a battle right now please know God is with you. God fights on our behalf, constantly shielding, protecting and strengthening, even when we're unaware. Deuteronomy 20: 4, "For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory." Joshua 1: 9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Deuteronomy 3: 22, "Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you."
If you need for God to fight a battle for you, you only have to be silent. And pray.