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!
10 Fight Verses to Give You Strength
Even If- Lessons from the Book of Daniel
Healing Comes When You Face Your Fears
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)
Are You Willing to Let God Fight Your Battles?
Are you willing to let go and let God?
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!
56 thoughts on “How to Let God Fight Your Battles: The Story of Jehoshaphat”
Thanks for these lessons. Pray that God continues to give you inspiration to feed others.
I am so glad that you found this helpful!
Learning how to let go and allowing God to fight your battle is one of the greatest keys to living an effective Christian life, this post is a light for me and I really appreciate your insight on God’s word.
Thank you very much Heather i think God is reminding me to stand still.In the book of Psalm 119V11 says Your word i have hidden in your heart,That i might not sin against You. Heather you encourage me to go back and read again the book of Hebrew 11 because Faith is the key.May God blesses you 🙏🙏🙏
I thank God for leading me to this post. I’m blessed by it. I’ve been in a serious elationship and I’m at the verge of marital breakthrough then all of a sudden a spell was casted on my Partner by someone that he never wanted and spiritual battles too that joined forces with her to stop my marriage . I choose to Allow God fight my battles for me. This battle is for the Lord. I know my Partner is who God sent into my life. I’ll come out victorious in Jesus name, Amen.
Amen dear..same battle
God will help us
This is a good article I came across.
Thank you for it dear.
I’m so glad you found it encouraging!
Thank you for the timely sharing. It has reminded me to be still and know that God has got me on all situations.
Yes! So often we struggle on our own first. God is good to always be there for us.
Yes! To step out on faith, No need to fight but to be still, pray and allow God to battle for me.
Yes! You got this!
Heather: I was searching through the Internet and came upon your post. I know God brought me to your post, as I needed answers to a situation and was worrying about what I should do. This post was my reminder from God to let do, give the situation to Him, and Then I would have the right outcome. Isn’t God so loving and Good. He speaks to us, we just have to be still and listen. God bless you, you are such a blessing to more people than you can imagine.
Thank you so much for sharing this with me! I pray that God is giving you the strength you need right now in your situation and that He leads you.
You are right that you so much for Post
Thank you for stopping by!
Thank you so so much. I pray and still have little faith so this is encouraging
God bless you.
I am so glad to hear that you found this encouraging!
All of these stories hit me in the heart and soul ❗❕❗🙌🏼 Thank you for the encouragement ❣️❣️❣️
I am so glad! May you stand strong in the faith!
Thanks so much. I will believe in the Lord my God and in his prophets and I will be established and prosper.
This is so inspiring.
By allowing God to fight our battles for us, we give up control and our own ideas of how we should handle something and allow God to guide us and teach us what to do. We do not fight on our own, but with God’s strength and direction. Does that help?
I am so glad you found this encouraging!
thank you so much for dis Post it really taught me hw to let go and allow God to fight a good fight for us, i have been in a relationship , try to be good and try to do all my best,, but it seems im d one begging for d relationship to wrk out , even if he say go i still keep putting my head, becos of dis post i have learned hw to let go of things and let God fight a good for us .
I’m so glad! Thanks for stopping by!
A battle on my job with a boss who is being vindictive to me because I exposed some fraudulent activities he did led me the this post and I am so grateful. It has been 4 long years but today God spoke the very words in the story of Jehosaphat to me, however, I didn’t quite understand what it means to just stand still. Thank you and if you can remember to pray, thank you. May God continue to bless you and your ministry!
(Reading this from Trinidad and Tobago)There are no boundaries in Christ!
I am sorry you are going through such a difficult time! May God’s will be done in your life and may the truth be seen in your situation. Praying for strength and wisdom for you.
Heather- Thank you so much for this post! I am so burdened for my daughter as she faces the grim reality of “vaccine mandates”. She must present her reasons for requesting a “religious exemption” from taking the vaccine or else face termination in December. Her request for exemption must reach them, via company email, by this Friday. She has been in deep turmoil over this because she is not comfortable with accepting the vaccine. She just purchased a home a year ago and the realities of what all is on the line is very frightening. She wants to be faithful to God’s will. Please pray for her. The story of Jehoshaphat came to my mind and I was looking for the Bible reference via computer and suddenly I came across your post! How I praise God for His encouragement through your beautiful presentation of His word! He is so faithful to send us exactly what we need, exactly when it is needed! I’m praying that my daughter will sense His Presence, His control, and His love in the deepest way at this critical time. Would you please join me in praying for her? Her name is DeAnne. Thank you so much and God bless you!!
We are faced with so many difficult decisions these days. I will be praying all day today. I know God will provide DeAnne with strength as she follows her convictions. I also know that God is faithful and will provide a way for her. Thank you for inviting me to pray with you!
Thanks mum.Our convinction by the word would help us to achieve this.
Yes! Thank you for stopping by 🙂
As I am typing this, I have been going through the most in my relationship of the past 9 years… Partner broke up with me as he needs to “find himself ” but we still sleep in one bed and the attraction didn’t get the memo we had broken up. I am also currently in the throes of Covid as well as only having given my heart to Christ a month ago… It’s a lot…
One of my biggest struggles is letting go and trusting God fully.
I try to, but then I “take my problems back” and see if I can fix it again. This usually just makes everything worse!
Your message reached me on the exact right time and I am hopeful that my struggles will be less and my faith stronger…
Thanks so much!
I am so sorry for your struggles, but I am thankful to see God working in your life and helping you through this difficult time. May God draw you close to Himself and reveal His truth to you as you seek to know Him more.
Thank you for this faith lifting reminder. I am in the midst of a storm.I walked to the Altar got on my knees and asked the Father to step in.And when I feel overwhelmed I remind myself that I have handed it to Him and that He has never lost a battle.
I am so glad you have been encouraged! Stand strong and give it to Him daily.
Thank you for this message.It gave me the confidence and faith I needed.God bless you.It reminded me I am a child of God and if God be for me who dare be against me.
I am so glad!!
I’m in a bad situation in a relationship and believe and trust in god… does letting god fight my battles mean I don’t react to anything even if it’s bad behaviour and just pray for healing during this time?
I am not sure of your situation so I do not want to give you any kind of specific advice. If the bad behavior is being done to you, then you need to go to a safe place. If the bad behavior is a sin on your partner’s part, then you need to seek God’s guidance and He will reveal how you should handle it. By allowing God to fight our battles for us, we give up control and our own ideas of how we should handle something and allow God to guide us and teach us what to do. We do not fight on our own, but with God’s strength and direction. Does that help?
Yes that’s perfect and well said thank you
I Thank God 🙏 for your article. God is good and he is faithful. He calls us to be bold and strong, not to be dismayed or discouraged for he is with us always. Amen 💖. He has promised to fight for us, to be with us always and to never leave nor forsake us. If only we would believe and trust him wholeheartedly, even in the face of our doubts and fears. He is faithful and true. In him we have the victory and we stand assured that in All things he works them out for our good- to the glory of his name. Thank you Heather for allowing God to minister through you. May his holy name be praised, now and forever! Amen 🙏
Thank you for stopping by and for your encouraging words. May you continue to draw close to Him!
The battle belongs to God and not me… (Strong statement).. and how can I let go and let God? By giving Him praise, when we praise God, He comes down to manifest His power.. He comes down to take over whatever that seems to be troubling us.. Thank you so much ma, Am blessed.
This a great message Heather. I feel elevated to a new level of faith & trust in God. Surely He fights our battles when we have our faith stilled in Him. God bless you sister.
So good to hear! May you continue to grow in faith and grace!
Hi. Heather. Thank you so much for this message. I was just sitting in my car feeling really bad because of all I’m going through. I prayed and asked God to send me some help so I can stop being so depressed. I know I can’t control what happens to me in a sense but I worry all the time. I know it’s not good to do that and I’m trying hard not to. I thank You so much for this. I’m fighting really hard to let God fight my battles. I have a long way to go but this has really given me the courage to try harder to let go and believe that God will see me through. Thanks Again.
Dewana, my heart goes out to you. I have been in your spot before. Hold onto God’s hand, He will guide you through the dark. Hugs to you and prayers for strength.
Thank you for this post, I came here for some encouragement. My husband was let go from his job after 33 years. Though it came as a surprise to us, I know it wasn’t to our Great God. Stepping out in faith and allowing God to teach the both of us that He’s got this! That being in this valley of uncertainty, to be in financial dependence of Him and trusting that He is FULLY OUR PROVIDER.
Oh Silvia, I am sure you guys were overwhelmed at first. Big changes like that can be scary and leave us wondering what happened. It sounds like your faith is carrying you through and I know God is providing. Thank you so much for sharing your story with me!
I love when God shows us stories or scriptures in the Bible that we might have glossed over before. He speaks truths and can handle our battles! It is battle to let go of control but we must trust in Him. Thanks for an encouraging post!
It IS a battle to let go of control, but the rewards are unlimited! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Thank you for the reminder that God is on His throne and fighting my battles! ❤
Thanks for stopping by!
I love Ephesians 6:10-12! We have to remember who we are fighting against. I have heard the story of Jehoshaphat but it’s always a good reread. God always brings about a new message no matter how many times you read his word. This post is very convicting. Im not much for worry or anxiety. But when things get busy and im overwhelmed I will sometimes forget that God is in charge and in everything. This overwhelm causes me to forget that He is always near and it will all be ok. Thank you for this reminder.
Stacy, isn’t it amazing how God’s word speaks to us even when we read familiar passages? Yes, overwhelmed feelings tend to have us only focusing on what is right in front of our face. Praise God, He sees a bigger picture.
Heather – great post. It is hard to let God fight your battles when you can’t see what He’s doing! Even though we know we can trust Him, it is still a battle to let go of the battle. This was a great post with encouragement and application of the Word.
You are right, Fleda, it is hard, but nothing grows faith like these situations!