When the word ‘fight’ is mentioned; it has many meanings depending on your level of thought. Fight could be a knock down drag out as they used to say back in the day. But most of us upon hearing ‘fight’ the first thing which comes to mind is boxing.
When a boxing champion trains it is for endurance. To be able to outlast his opponent no matter how many rounds the fight lasts. The boxer jumps rope, runs, shadow boxes, weight trains and does an assortment of calisthenics. All part of his ‘endurance’ training.
Similarly, when contending with the enemy we, as children of God, must exercise the word in our everyday lives, pray constantly, fast often and go through an assortment of trials. These spiritual applications are all designed to strengthen our faith; to endure the punches the enemy throws at us. Thus gaining the advantage of a resilient recovery with an overcoming faith to win.
But what do you do if that resilience…
But what do you do if that resilience doesn’t become readily available? And you find yourself stumbling over your feet that were once bouncing at an opponent who refuses to go down? When you began this battle the odds looked in your favor, but now are starting to look overwhelming.
In Second Chronicles Chapter Twenty we are reminded of King Jehoshaphat. Who was threatened by a great multitude. (2 Chronicles 20:1-2) To the human eye it looked impossible for him to win. 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)
…set your face to seek the Lord.
So, the first thing you do is set your face to seek the Lord. In other words, pray—seek the counsel of the LORD. Here your prayer is “Remember me, O Lord, in Your favor toward Your people; visit me with Your salvation.”(Psalm 106:4) Fasting is another weapon you should have in your spiritual arsenal. For there are some battles we fight where Jesus specifically said, “This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:29) Never underestimate the power of fasting. It clears the cobwebs from your mind where you can see and hear clearly. Fasting will sharpen your discernment and judgment. You won’t just be swinging at the air; you will be hitting the target with precision and effectiveness. Fasting cannot be forced, it must be voluntary— sacrifice with a cause.
You will not need to fight in this battle.
The Lord answered Jehoshaphat’s prayer through Jahaziel, a young man in the congregation. And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. 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.” (2 Chronicles 20:14-17)
God answered the king’s prayer and He will also answer your prayer. Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him..(I John 5:14-15)
After you’ve prayed and fasted.
After you’ve prayed and fasted. God answers your prayer and tells you where the enemy is and to position yourself; for it is He that is going with you. In boxing, there are several defensive positions a boxer gets into to avoid punches and evade being hit. The defensive positions are called ‘guards’. So when you put your guards up, you are now waiting to see the hand of God concerning His next strategic move.
When the Lord answered the king’s prayer: And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with voices loud and high.(2 Chronicles 20:18-19)
Whenever God answers your prayers…
Whenever God answers your prayers remember to always worship and praise him. I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. (Psalm 138:2)
The next morning as they were going out to battle Jehoshaphat encouraged the people of God: “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.” When your guard is up, and you are waiting to see God’s next strategic move; you must trust in the Lord with all your heart. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
…For His mercy endures forever.”
The king appointed those who could sing to the Lord and those who could praise the beauty of holiness. And set them before his army saying: “Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.” When they began to sing and praise the Lord—- God set an ambush upon their enemies where there were none left. Their enemies fought against each other and even helped to destroy themselves. 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. (2 Chronicles 20: 22-24)
While you were holding up your guard your opponent kept hitting away at you until he exhausted all possible strength. He wasn’t fighting you. No he was fighting with God. Therefore, he defeated himself!
When you are in spiritual warfare and it looks like you are fighting overwhelming odds just remember these strategies:
- Pray seeking the counsel of God.
- Position yourself.
- Wait for instruction.
- When God gives you the answer praise and worship Him.
- Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.
And if God be for you He is more than the world against you. No matter how overwhelming the odds may appear. What are your opinions on the subject?
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