Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Battle is the Lord's

The Battle is the Lord's
Oct 6, 2008

Isaiah 41:11 "All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish."

Ever realize that you have days or weeks where everything is in conflict with you? Nothing seems to go well and you're not actually doing anything wrong. Nothing seems to be smooth. You try hard to overcome the conflict, maybe even confront a person or two with whom things aren't going well. But the harder you try, the more difficult everything becomes. You begin to wonder "What's wrong with me?" You become a little insecure or even paranoid that everyone and everything is out to get you. I have news for you. Everyone IS out to get you, but it is not whom you think.

Your spouse isn't the problem. Your job isn't the problem. Your kids are not the problem. The problem is the war over us and everything in our lives. It is not a war that is being fought in our realm or world, though. It is being fought in the spiritual realm. Whether you want to admit it or not, Satan and his demons exist and they are very, very active in your life. They are real; they don't live inside of you, but they do have access to your house, your co-workers, and even your mind. They are attacking you from every corner and every angle. Satan and his men are out to get you and they will stop at nothing to steal, kill, rob, and destroy. They will not rest until you are no longer serving the Lord or you are dead.

But there is good news. This is a war that you do not have to fight. You don't even have to engage in battle. All you have to do is step aside and let God step in. That's it. It is so simple. Throw down your human hands and ask the Lord to take over. He wants to fight for you if you will let Him. But He can only help you if you will simply step aside and stop trying to figure it out on your own or work out your own problems. Your efforts will not work in the spiritual realm. Since God lives there, He is the only one who can do battle there. Your efforts are useless. Stop trying and let the Lord fight for you. Don't use human wisdom to figure it out; don't use human efforts to confront the conflict. In fact, when you get involved, it only gets worse. Step aside and let the Lord walk forward in all your conflicts and battles. Put the Lord first and pray that He intercedes for you. He will fight.

You'll be amazed at the results. When God steps in, the enemy is defeated and your problems seem to disappear. The verses before and after Isaiah 41:11 are amazing. Listen to what God says:
"I will uphold you with my righteous right hand...Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. "

1. Have you been having "one of those days" where nothing goes right?
2. Are you letting God fight your battles for you?

Additional Scriptures for Study: 2 Chron 20:15, 1 Sam 17:14, Psalm 97:5, Rom 8:26, Eph 6:12

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