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When you stop and think about it, we are in the middle of several battles. Battles with the weather, our health or that of our family’s, our financial situations, relationships with our families and neighbors, and within ourselves. The question that is plaguing me is how to let God fight your battles?
I’ve always been independent. It can be a blessing and a curse. It has benefitted me often when I needed to do things on my own but sadly it often stands between God and His will for my life.
So, how do you let God fight your battles?
How to Let God Fight Your Battles
Everyone is different and we are all facing battles on various levels. What I’m starting to understand as I research verses for what seems to be A LOT of posts about courage (my constant struggle these days) is that we need to ask and then let God.
Could it be that simple? To simply make our requests known to God and then ALLOW Him to work?
The Battle is Mine Says the Lord
“The battle is mine says the Lord” is seen many times in scripture. It was in my early morning devotions when the house was still and I was curled up on the couch wrapped in my husband’s fleece camo blanket that God led me to read the story of Jehoshaphat. With my hands wrapped around my favorite coffee mug, a light began to dawn in my heart.
The life of Jehoshaphat is found in 2 Chronicles 17-20, but we are going to focus on the story found in chapter 20.
Jehoshaphat is king of Judah. He is one of the kings that loved and obeyed the one true God. Several strong armies joined forces against Judah, hearing this, Jehoshaphat goes straight to God.
And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord. (2 Chronicles 20:3-4 NKJV)
Jehoshaphat gathers the people together and prays before the temple. I love how he proclaims his faith from the very beginning.
“O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?” (verse 6)
He explains the situation to God and ends his prayer with
“O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” (verse 12)
God answers the prayer of His people.
“Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s…You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” (verses 15 and 17)
Did you catch that? God told them to “stand still”. Allow Him to work.
How often do we try to solve our situations ourselves and not allow God to work? Perhaps if we want to know how to let God fight our battles then we must first learn to stand still.
Jehoshaphat and all the people bow themselves to the ground and worship.
“So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.
And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:
“Praise the Lord,
For His mercy endures forever.” (verses 20-21)
And you know happens? The different armies began to fight one another rather than making a unified force against Judah. They fought and killed one another! The only action on the side of Judah was praising God!
“So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.” (verse 24)
Then they go down and take all the valuables from the dead bodies. It took them 3 days to collect it all. Not only did God fight their battle for them, but He honored their faith further and blessed them with wealth.
“The battle is mine says the Lord” was not a simple statement made by God to comfort His people. It truly was His battle and He was able to work because the people believed and obeyed.
What Does Fight Your Own Battles Mean and How Do We Interfere with God?
The opposite of how to let God fight your battles would be trying to fight ourselves. I think we should explore this also because we might just recognize ourselves.
So, what does fight your own battles mean? I believe this looks different for everyone, but do any of these sound familiar to you?
- Travel through life with prayer only as an afterthought- you know, the point where you are desperate.
- Pray, but don’t leave your situation with God. You continue to worry and fret and problem solve.
- Pray half-heartedly. You know you should pray and leave it with God, but you just can’t seem to place your confidence in Him.
- Read multiple books and devotionals trying to convince yourself that God is the solution to all your problems, but don’t allow yourself to get to the point where you step out on faith.
- Ask God for help and then try to solve your situation yourself.
I am beginning to understand the importance of placing my situation, my hurts, fears, anxieties, and regrets into God’s hands and then letting go. Stepping away. Standing still.
Other God Will Fight Your Battles Scriptures
Like I mentioned earlier, I tend to write about courage a lot. I hope you take the time to check out those posts also!
Ok, ready for some more God will fight your battles scriptures? He is so wonderful to be constantly reminding us of who He is!
“And he shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” (Deuteronomy 20:3-4)
“Through You we will push down our enemies;
Through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us.
For I will not trust in my bow, Nor shall my sword save me.
But You have saved us from our enemies, And have put to shame those who hated us.” (Psalm 44:5-7)
“I will go before you And make the crooked places straight;
I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places,
That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name,
I am the God of Israel.” (Isaiah 45:2-3)
The call of Jeremiah. He had such a tough job and yet his faith never wavered.
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord. (Jeremiah 1:7-8)
The climax of the Exodus story, the parting of the Red Sea. Notice the “stand still”!
“And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (Exodus 14:13-14)
“But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3)
We need to remember that although we battle in the physical, the real war takes place in the spiritual.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:10-12)
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Are You Willing to Let God Fight Your Battles?
As Paul writes in Hebrews 12:1
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”
Are you ready to arm yourselves with these stories and verses? Are you willing to let God fight your battles?
Are you willing to stand still, pray and allow? Step out on faith?
I know I am!
Were you familiar with the story of Jehoshaphat? Which of these verses speak to you the loudest? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!