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6/2/16 at 08:18 AM 0 Comments

The Battle is Not Yours

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Life has a funny way of throwing things at us when we least expect it. Maybe it’s a blown engine, the loss of a job, a death of someone close to us or a diagnosis that wasn’t expected. For many, especially men, our first response is, “What do I need to do to fix it?” There’s an obvious problem so therefore there must be a solution, something that I can do, to overcome whatever has been put in front of our path.

Too often we try to lean on our own strength or head knowledge to overcome something or provide a need that only a loving Father in heaven can provide. I love 2 Chronicles 20:15 when the Lord tells Jehoshaphat, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” He continues in verse 17 to say, “You do not have to fight this battle. Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. He is with you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Tomorrow, go out and face them, for the Lord is with you.”

You see, regardless of the fight that is ahead of you, the posture of our heart must remain focused on and confident in the Lord that his provision will come through and that it will sustain us. One of the struggle points to remember is that His answer, His provision, may not always look like what we imagine in our mind, but His response is the perfect response based upon His will, not ours.

Whatever you are fighting today, whatever trial your are in the midst of…keep your heart and mind focused above to a loving God that never fails, whose provision is always just right. “Fight the good fight for the faith,” (1 Timothy 6:12) keep pressing on, don’t give up, give in or surrender to the impossibilities that the world presents, but focus on the immeasurable opportunities and possibilities ahead of you when God is in control.

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