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.
… stand still and see the salvation of the Lord…
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)
Stay tuned for the conclusion next week. May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Until next week….Blessings and Peace!
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