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Letting God Fight for You

by Jonathan William – Catholic Exchange

As Christians, we’re painfully aware that we’re involved in a battle for our souls. In this battle, we’re outmatched and outclassed because our enemy has thousands of years experience and all the time in the world to think of things to hamper our journeys.

Thankfully, you don’t have to fight this enemy alone. The Lord will fight for you. Now maybe you’re wondering how the Lord will fight for you so let’s talk about it.

How do you know that God is with you in the battle? What proof do you have that the Lord will fight for you?

The Bible is filled with stories of the various ways God has fought on behalf of His people. In Genesis, God appeared to Laban in a dream and warned him not to do anything to harm Jacob. He was told that he shouldn’t even speak harshly to him (Genesis 31:22-24).

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In Joshua, the Lord sent the commander of His army to lead the armies of Israel into battle (Joshua 5:13-15). For Elisha, the Lord sent the host of His armies to stand with him against the Aramaens (2 Kings 6:8-23).

Are you beginning to see the picture? There are many more stories like this in the Bible. God has all-power and He’s able to do anything He can imagine. Since God created the whole world and everything in it, we already know He has quite an imagination. That’s the God who will fight for you. The only thing you need to do is stay still. The word translated as ” be still” is the Hebrew râphâh, (pronounced raw-faw’). It could also have been translated as abate or cease. I don’t know about you but for me being still is hard! At any given moment I can think of at least five things I could or should be doing.

Sadly, this “doing” mindset sometimes translates in my relationship with God. I want Him to rush in and move things right away, and, when I think He’s going too slow, I try to do things myself.

Is that you, my friend? If it is, we can both learn from Abraham. When Abraham and Sarah tried to “help” God, things didn’t turn out quite as they had hoped and the consequences spilled across the ages.

But when they stood still and allowed God to work things out on their behalf, they not only got exactly what they wanted, but they also became part of a miracle.

Being still means being willing to wait. It means we put our agenda aside and allow God to work on His perfect plan. Will it be easy? No. But while we’re waiting we can spend time in His presence learning more about Him.

The biggest challenge many Christians face is letting God fight the battle for us. Oh, we know the right words and can say “The Lord will fight for you” with the best of them, but do we really understand that God is in the battle with us? Do we truly understand how to let God fight our battles?

God is with you in the battle. If you’re going to let the Lord fight for you, you have to submit your will totally and completely to Him. I know.

The thought of not being in control of everything is scary. It’s not something we’re used to because we have been told for years that we need to be brave and learn to do things on our own.

But you see, that doesn’t work when it comes to spiritual warfare. Yes, we are to put on the whole armor of God but that’s just to make us battle-ready.

Sometimes it’s difficult for us to remember we need to let go and let God fight our battles and that’s where Christian fiction comes in. Characters who experience the challenges and struggles we go through because it takes us out of my situation so we can see it clearer. God’s Rebel had a strong theme of spiritual warfare and allows the Lord to fight the battle for you. When it comes to spiritual warfare, we’re not the ones fighting the enemy, it’s God who fights through us.