Whose battle is it?
2 Chronicles 20:15 & 17 (NIV): “He said: Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem. This is what the Lord says to you: Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours but God’s. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.”
Let us be determined this week to:
Keep trusting that God is with us. Even when we experience challenging circumstances and don’t see a way out, may we find peace, knowing that God is fighting for us in our battles. With Him on our side, we can stand firm in prayer and worship – strong, courageous, and knowing that the battle belongs to our good and sovereign God! This is beautifully expressed in Exodus 14:14 (NIV): “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still!” May we always turn to God in stillness for guidance, wisdom and help. Remembering as we learn from Romans 8:31, ‘If God is for us, nothing can ever stand against us!’
Keep running to Jesus. May we walk with Him and sit under His apprenticeship, learning the unforced rhythms of grace. He shows us how to unburden ourselves from the sins that bind us, so that we can experience peace, truth and the amazing life God predestined for us. May we never forget that walking with our Lord gives us assurance of His faithfulness, presence and power in our lives. Let’s not turn to the left or to the right, but walk in His ways, staying the course. With Jesus at our side, we will have direction for our steps. May we not only experience this for ourselves, but say yes to the call on our lives to share the good news with everyone we encounter! As they see us standing firm and staying calm in the midst of our battles, they will wonder how we do this. How wonderful that we know the answer: “We are walking with Jesus, and He is our Saviour and Lord in all circumstances.” Let us use every opportunity we have to share our faith, hope and the love and faithfulness of God with those in our path. As 1 Peter 3:15 (NLT) reminds us, “…you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.”
So let us take our positions, knowing that we serve a faithful and loving God who is always with us. Regardless of what we go through, the victory belongs to Him. What a marvellous peace to trust in Jesus!
Lord, we stand united in prayer today, declaring that the battle is not ours but Yours. So often when we get into a battle or a storm, we don’t know how to fight. Everything seems lost and victory seems so far away. But when we read this wonderful story of King Jehosephat, we see that it wasn’t necessary for them to fight, because You fought for them! All we need to do is take up our position in prayer, take up our position in worship, take up our position in praising You – and You’ll do the rest for us. Thank You for this encouragement today. I know that a lot of us are in a season where we feel tired, or overwhelmed. Maybe some of us are even feeling some fear and anxiety. But thank You that today You tell us, ‘the battle is not yours, the battle is mine, I’ll fight for you’. We give You all the glory and all the praise. In Jesus’ name I pray this.
Dear Jesus, teach us to rest in Your grace and providence, and to worry less. Help us to surrender our burdens to You. Teach us Your ways and may we find rest in You. Speak to our hearts so we can know You more. Thank You that we can come close to You, knowing that the barrier of sin has been removed. Thank You that You give us true rest for our souls and perfect peace in our hearts. In the midst of any storm, Your peace that surpasses human understanding remains. Look with mercy on those who have not yet come to You for salvation; and convict their hearts of their need to come to You and trust in Your redemptive blood for the forgiveness of sin. In Jesus’ name I pray.
Our Heavenly Father, we come before You in the precious name of Your Son Jesus Christ, who You graciously sent and allowed to be crucified for our sins. Lord, I ask that You walk with each of us, in whatever we do. We know, Lord, that You are always with us. Your Word says You will never leave us nor forsake us. We ask You to give us an awareness of how you are accompanying us in what we need to do and where we need to go. We thank You Lord for the privilege of being Your children and we love You Lord. I pray this in the precious name of Jesus Christ.
Father, I believe that You give us many opportunities to say yes or no to You. You are always kind and gentle, and You are patient with us. Sometimes You visit us again and again with the same question. I ask that You would give us the courage to say yes, so that we might see You do something extraordinary in our lives or in the lives of other people. Give us the courage, You are a faithful God. In Jesus’ name I pray.
Our Heavenly Father, we thank You that we can come to you for forgiveness, through the death and resurrection of Your Son Jesus Christ on the cross. We know that You want to equip us and assist us to reach others for You. Will You provide us with the opportunities to reach out, and give us a boldness to make a stand for You. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
(This WRAP is with great appreciation towards Leandi, Lydia, Lucinda, Ingrid and Carina)
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