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. 2 Chronicles 20:17
Everyday people face difficult situations. Situations where there is a battle being drawn up to fight. The enemy is coming against a person in some form. Sometimes it is physically, many times it is in other ways outside of being physical attacks. These attacks can be mentally or socially damaging attacks.
Most people will want to rise up and fight against the attack or they will flee quickly from the attack. Very few people like to stand still when an attack is immanent.
Several armies had banded together against Judah to wage war against them. The number of soldiers was so great, that King Jehoshaphat immediately went to God about it. God told him that the battle was not his and that he was just to stand still and watch what would happen. God would win the battle without the help of King Jehoshaphat and his army.
Very few people like to stand still when there is an enemy coming against them. Most will rise up to fight, but sometimes the best thing to do is stand still and let God fight the battle.
There are many battles that people cannot win on their own. Fighting back will result in more injury on both sides with a loss of the battle by the believer. There are times when it is God’s battle to win. The believer must just stand still, trusting God and watching what He does.
God is the ultimate warrior. He cannot lose any battle. When God wins a battle like this, it is to His glory and honor. There is no doubt that God did the work.
You may have enemies coming against you in your life. These enemies could be actual people or they could be non-physical enemies, such as sickness, pain, injury, mistreatment or more.
As a human, you are limited in what you can do. Seek God and find out what He wants you to do. Sometimes He may give you the strength and direction to fight the battle. Other times He may have you sit still and watch Him fight the battle for you. Let God guide the battles and win the battles in your life.
I pray today that you will know God’s power; that you will trust God’s strategies; that you will see God winning the battles; and that you will be a testimony of God’s work to this world.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 1 Corinthians 4:16
Looking around the world, things do not always look very good. There is trouble and pain everywhere one looks. People are getting sick, people are dying, people are hungry, people are without clothes, people are at war, and the list goes on.
Along with what most of the world does not like and thinks is bad, are the things that God is looking at. Sin abounds and appears to be growing more rapidly than ever before. Certain sins that were never talked about are now openly being promoted and expected, not only in the world, but also in the church.
There are many believers who are working hard at reaching those in the world. They strive to spread the gospel to everyone they meet. Yet, sometimes it looks like as though they are not making any progress.
Then there are the problems that a believer faces in his own life. He repents of a sin and works to stay from it, but falls back into that sin. It appears as if he will never stop sinning. And every person, believer or not, faces the body getting old and breaking down. It is frustrating and discouraging and many lose heart.
Paul faced all of this, yet said that they do not lose heart. Regardless of what is going on in this body or this world, a believer must never lose heart. God is still in control and at work.
The believer is constantly being renewed each day on the inside. God is working daily to make the believer into someone more like Jesus. It is a slow, but steady process that will take a life time to complete.
Inside the believer is always the hope of eternity with God. The troubles of this world are only temporary and will end some day.
You, along with every believer, is someone on this path in this life. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus and the eternity that He has promised you. Do not get discouraged and lose heart because of the way this world looks, or what you are going through.
Even though your body may be breaking down or sin appears to be more prevalent, God is with you. He is building you up. Don’t give up, you are being renewed!
I pray today that you will see God’s work in you; that you will focus on Jesus; that you will trust God’s work; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; and that you will share that hope you have in Jesus with others.
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Death was just shown to have no power or sting. In Jesus, a person can know that even if he physically dies, he will be raised to life again. This is because of the victory each believer has in Jesus. With this in mind Paul now says to not let anything move you and to continue to do the work for the Lord.
Being moved is getting discouraged, changing your course, or doing something different. It is not following the path you started on.
When you are driving down the road, you are headed to a specific location on a specific path. Suddenly there is major road construction ahead and you are turned off the road for a detour. You are moved off your path. While when driving you must take that path, in life, the world will try to get you to take the detour. You must not allow that to happen. Keep going on the path God has for you.
This is where you must continue to work hard at the task God has given you. Despite all the road blocks and challenges, the work will be worth it in the end. All of your hard work for Jesus will not be in vain. The end result will be life eternally in heaven with God.
Your old self must die so that it can be resurrected into a new life. This can be found in the work of Jesus and the work you do for Him. Working for the Lord will always be against what the world wants.
Do not allow yourself to get tired or discouraged and give up. Remember that Jesus did die for you and did rise from the dead for you. Some day you will walk on streets of gold with no more sorrow, sickness, or pain. The struggles and pain you are going through today will all be gone forever. Keep on working for the Lord.
I pray today that you will know the work God has for you to do; that God will give you the strength to do the work; that you will know the hope you have in Christ Jesus; and that you will not allow anything to move you.
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Mark 13:31
Jesus had just finished talking about the end times. He talked about the changes in people and in nature, things that will happen. He then makes this statement that His words will never pass away.
People are always talking about all kinds of things. You have even said many things over the time of your life. How many of those statements do you remember? Do you remember what you said on the morning of Jan 12, 2010? Like most people, probably not, unless something extraordinary happened.
Along with not remembering what you said, you probably do not remember anything anyone else had said that day. All those words had passed away.
Most of what a person says is used for a short time, then forgotten. Very few things stand the test of time.
However, with Jesus, His words never go away. Over 2,000 years since Jesus walked on the earth, many have tried to destroy His words. So far, no one has been able to accomplish that.
His words will not go away, because they are life itself. God’s words are God Himself. It was spoken words of God that brought everything in to existence.
When you look at the words of Jesus about the end time and His return, you may wonder if and when it will ever happen.
The world often states that Jesus will not return. They ridicule believers in asking where is He and why He has not returned.
Do not allow yourself to be discouraged in His return. Along with His return, remember all the other words Jesus had spoken.
Jesus is faithful and is with you. He will provide for all of your needs. He loves you. He will give you strength to overcome sin. He will guide you. He will make you more like Himself. He is your righteousness. He will give you the words to be His witness.
In this new year, remember these things and know that His words (promises) will never fail. Every word He has spoken will be fulfilled. Be encouraged.
I pray today that you will know the promises of God; that you will know God is faithful; that you will believe the promises of God; that God will strengthen you in your trust in Him; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.