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?
How 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).
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.
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What Does It Mean to Be Still?
So now we get to answer the question, How do I let God fight my battles? How does my being still affect His ability to work in my behalf?
I’m so glad you asked. Let’s about what it means to be still and how we can practice stillness.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Psalm 46:10,
“Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”Psalm 46:10 NKJV
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.
7 Steps to Stand Still and Let God Fight for You
1. Trust God. This seems like a no-brainer but trusting God takes effort. It takes faith. It takes faith to allow the Lord to fight your battles.
2. Repent of sin. Here’s the truth: sin separates us from God. When we have sin weighing us down, the enemy likes to convince us that there’s nothing we can do to get right with God.
That’s a lie from the pit of hell.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9 NKJV
Unconfessed sin builds a wall between you and Ģod. Unconfessed sin gives the enemy an foothold in your life. Confess your sins, sit still before God and watch Him fight your battles.
3. Practice obedience. As Christians, we are called to walk in obedience. When we are being obedient, it is easier for us to remain still in God’s presence.
4. Find Scriptures that remind you how to wait. The Bible has a lot to say on a number of topics including being able to wait. Spend some time reading, studying, and praying Scripture about waiting.
5. Find a support group. Surround yourself with people who love God and want to pursue Him. Learn from others who have learned to be still. Spend time with those who have learned how to let God fight their battles.
6. Use your gifts to serve others. One of the best things we can do when we’re waiting on God to fight for us is to serve other people. Devote some of your energy, effort, and time to help other people. Maybe you will be the tool God uses to fight someone else’s battle.
7. Practice patience. You’ve probably heard it said before, patience is a virtue. But if you struggle in this area as I do, you may find it necessary to practice patience. When you find yourself becoming impatient, remind yourself that God’s timing is best. Remind yourself that the Lord will fight for you if you’ll only be still long enough.
And then remind yourself that when God fights for you there’s no repercussions or fallout. Everything is done perfectly with no consequences for anyone.
The armor is there for our protection–it’s not to make us think we’re superwomen or Captain America. It’s for us to learn to direct our focus to God and allow Him to fight the battle for us.
How to Let the God Fight Your Battles
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?
Before I share what I believe is the biggest key to letting God fight our battles, I want to remind you that 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.The armor is there for our protection--it's not to make us think we're superwomen or Captain America. It's for us to learn to direct our focus to God and allow Him to fight the battle for us. #spiritualwarfare #hebrews12endurance Click To Tweet
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. I love to see characters who experience the challenges and struggles I go through because it takes me out of my situation so I can see it clearer. God’s Rebel had a strong theme of spiritual warfare and allowing the Lord to fight the battle for you.
God’s Rebel Review
Okay, so when I read the line “Evil wants her for itself, and if it can’t have her, it will kill her”. I thought it was symbolic. Somehow I missed the part about this being a Christian fantasy and so I was completely unaware when evil tried to kill her—literally. Ms. Janene painted a very vivid picture of the war between good and evil. She depicted the spiritual warfare as a physical one and it was very scary.
Know God—Mariamne did not know who God was. She had never experienced His love and had been treated so poorly by people she doubted that anyone could be truly good. But Halton and his men knew God and showed her how differently men can act when they answer to a higher power.
A prevalent message in God’s Rebel is that we should seek to know God for ourselves and should search for those who don’t know Him and teach them His ways. We are here to make disciples and tell others about the love of God.
We are also reminded that spiritual battles happen all the time and we need God’s help to survive the battles and have victory in the war.
Know yourself—Mariamne had incomplete knowledge about herself. Her life had been so hard she had forgotten her early years and her true identity. It wasn’t until she truly began to know herself that things began to change for her.
As she opened herself up to the knowledge of God, she learned more about herself and was able to deepen her relationship with Him. When Mariamne accepted that she belonged to God and He loved her, she was able to see past the lies of the enemy and remember that God was with her in the battle.
Run your race—the thane, the king, and everyone in the kingdom had a role they wanted Mariamne to play. But it wasn’t until she decided to run the race set before her that she began to embrace the role she was to play in this story.
This is a strong reminder that people can expect many things from us but ultimately we have to make a decision. Will we stick to the path God has laid before us? Or will we struggle against His plans for our life to our detriment?
In a lot of ways, Mariamne’s behavior was immature and childish and I guess we could chalk it up to her background as being a slave. Still, there were times when she acted without thinking of the consequences and ended up in deeper hot water than she started out.
She was a lot like many of us in that way. We don’t always think about the consequences of our actions or the impact our words will have.
I did not like the way the king and his men casually decided to lie about Mariamne and the king’s relationship when faced with the ultimatum from the king’s men. He was the king—why did he have to do what they said?
Overall, God’s Rebel is an interesting book with a strong theme of spiritual warfare and what happens when we allow God to use us. We are reminded that unless we open ourselves to God’s power we will never have the resources to defeat the enemy. Unless we submit to God, the Lord will nit fight our battles.
When it comes to spiritual warfare, we’re not the ones fighting the enemy, it’s God who fights through us.When it comes to spiritual warfare, it not we who fight the enemy but God who fights through us. #spiritualwarfare #hebrews12endurance Click To Tweet
I received a copy of God’s Rebel from Celebrate Lit; a positive review was not required. Have you read God’s Rebel? I’d love to hear what you thought. Purchase your copy of God’s Rebel on Amazon.
About God’s Rebel
She is a woman without a name. Chosen by men for her beauty, she refused to bend to their desires. Beaten and sold to a slave trader, she is left to die in a putrid dungeon.
Everything changes when she’s purchased by the Thane of a foreign king and given a Jewish name.
The king needs her to save his kingdom. God calls her to an unimaginable future. Evil wants her for itself, and if it can’t have her, it will kill her. Mariamne wants none of the possibilities she’s offered.
Mariamne needs only to surrender to achieve an amazing destiny.
Halton, the king’s thane, buys a number of slaves for his kin. One of them is a woman who had not been given a name. He gives us a Jewish name—Mariamne.
The king needs her to save his kingdom; God has a purpose and plan for her life but all Mariamne can think of is being free. But her life is in danger and evil wants to kill her and Mariamne is stuck with choosing between two unwanted futures.
About Michelle Janene
Michelle Janene lives and works in Northern California, though most days she blissfully exists in the medieval creations of her mind. She is a devoted teacher, a dysfunctional housekeeper, and a dedicated writer. She released her first novella Mission: Mistaken Identity in the fall of 2015, and has been published in several anthologies. She leads two critique groups and is the founder of Strong Tower Press—Indie solutions for indie authors.
12 Bible Verses to Remind You the Lord Will Fight for You
“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent” (Exodus 14:14 ESV).
“You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you” (2 Chronicles 20:17 ESV).
‘For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory’ (Deuteronomy 20:4 ESV).
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles (Psalm 34:17 ESV).
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31 ESV)
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? (Psalm 118:6 ESV)
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31 ESV).
For not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm save them, but your right hand and your arm, and the light of your face, for you delighted in them (Psalm 44:3 ESV).
But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:3 ESV).
Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power, your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy (Exodus 15:6 ESV).
“No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord” (Isaiah 54:17 ESV).
‘You shall not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who fights for you’ (Deuteronomy 3:22 ESV).
As Christians, one of the things we’re guaranteed is struggles and difficult times. We know we should put on the whole armor of God before we face the evil one, but sometimes we forget that we don’t have to fight the battle alone. My friend, if that’s you today, I want to remind you that God is with you in the battle. He has not left you on your own.
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