Tuesday, May 12, 2009

YOUR BATTLE IS THE LORD’S (see 2 Chronicles 20:15)

The reason I am writing this is to remind you the battle you are facing is not yours, but God’s.  If you are a child of his, you can be certain that Satan will “rage against you.”


In 2 Chronicles 20, a great multitude came against God’s people.  King Jehoshaphat and his people set their hearts to seek the Lord and to fast.  The king cried out to God a prayer that most of us have prayed at times in our spiritual journey: “We have no might against these that come against us, neither do we know what to do; but our eyes are upon you” (20:12).  “The Spirit of God came in the midst of the congregation…saying, Be not afraid nor dismayed…for the battle is not yours, but God’s (20:14-15).


Isaiah gave this warning to all satanic forces: “Who have you reproached and blasphemed?  And against whom have you exalted your voice?... Even against the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 37:23).


God told his people Israel, and he tells us today: “The battle is not against you.  It is Satan’s rage against me, the Lord who abides in you.”  God said to Satan, “I know where you abide, and where you come and go, and your rage against me” (37:28).


I ask you: where is your battle?  In your marriage?  Your business or job?  Your finances?  Your health?  Does your battle get more intense day after day?  If you have a heart for Jesus and a desire to cleave to him, you will face the rage of hell.  But that is still not your battle.


You can end your battle quickly if you choose – simply by quitting and giving in to your fears and doubts.  Satan will not bother those who give up their confidence in the Lord.


Yes, the battle is the Lord’s, but we have a part – and that is to trust and believe his promises in the face of hopelessness and what seem to be impossibilities.  “Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?” (Isaiah 40:27).


Faith demands that I turn over all my problems – all my critical situations, all my fears, all my anxieties – into the hand of the Lord.  When I have done all I can do, and I know my battle is beyond my power, I must submit all into his hands.


Our Lord knows the raging of Satan, and we must truly believe he will act.  He will bring us through floods and fires and put to chase all spiritual enemies.  Here is God’s Word concerning what he will do: “Because of your rage against me…it has come into my ears, therefore I will put a hook in your nose, and my bridle in your lips, and I will turn you back by the way you came” (Isaiah 37:29).


If you will hold fast to your faith – trusting him, resting in his promises, rejecting all lies of Satan coming into your mind – then expect God to come by his Spirit into your situation and bring an expected end to your particular battle.  He will move heaven and earth to deliver you and make a way.  The way out is to trust, trust, trust!  “He makes wars to cease” (Psalm 46:9).