All throughout our human life, until we leave this earth and go into eternal life, we will have battles to face. This is because we are all sinners (though saved by grace) and we’re living in this world with the enemy roaming around looking to tempt us, inflict us, and cause us pain. But, know this, God is much bigger than that! He is the creator of the heavens and the earth (Genesis1). Therefore, through God’s word, prayer, the Holy Spirit, and other ways we can let go and let God help us face and fight those battles.
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What Does God Say About Fighting Battles?
We are told in Ephesians 6 that our battles aren’t against flesh and blood but against rulers, authority, cosmic powers of darkness, and spiritual forces of evil.
Sounds intense doesn’t it? But then in verse 13, it tells us that we can take up our armor of God so we can withstand (be undamaged or unaffected) through all of our battles. But we need to make sure that we stand firm with God, which means to fully put our trust in Him and through the Holy Spirit so we can face these battles with God. The different parts of the armor that we need to put on represent different aspects of faith.
The belt of truth, which is a knowledge of God and His promises which comes from reading the word of God (V14).
The breastplate of righteousness, which is doing right, according to the laws of God (V14).
The feet of readiness, from the Gospel of Peace, which is the peace we have through the deliverance of sin (V15).
The shield of faith, which is about having a full belief, trust, and confidence in God (V16).
The helmet of salvation, which is knowledge of our deliverance from sin and its consequences (V17).
The sword of the Spirit, which is praying through the Holy Spirit, according to the word of God, the Holy Bible. (V17)
By applying all these aspects to our lives and praying by the Spirit (V18) and especially for one another, we will be able to fight battles the way God intended us to and through His strength.
Bible Verses About Letting God Fight My Battles
2 Chronicles 20:17 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.’” NIV
Exodus 14:14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Deuteronomy 20:4 For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
Isaiah 52:12 But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
Let God Fight For You Through Prayer
As we’ve already read, prayer is a fantastic weapon against battles, spiritual forces, trials, well, anything against us really!
Prayer is key!
We know that faith or Christianity isn’t, in fact, a religion, it’s about having a relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. One of the most important keys to a relationship is communication. Therefore, prayer is important. We can talk to him wherever and whenever and He wants us to talk to Him too! Another important aspect is listening to His response too, but that’s a subject for another day!
Though, sometimes we may not know what to pray.
Have you ever experienced a time where you felt stuck and didn’t know what to say to God? Or perhaps because the situation you are in is too overwhelming or your emotions are too intense? It is in these times that God and the Holy Spirit can intercede (intervene) on behalf of us.
Romans 8:26-27 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
Fight Battles With The Word of God
The word of God, the Holy Bible, needs to be what we refer to at all times. There are many books, chapters, scriptures on how to fight different types of battles the way in which God wants us to.
God sent Jesus to this earth to experience human existence so He could understand what difficulties and battles we go through as humans on this earth. We can refer to the Bible to see how we can fight these, the right way, His way.
Though you may be thinking, “Jesus is perfect, He didn’t sin, it would have been easier for him,”.
Am I right? But the enemy did come and try to tempt Jesus; when he was in the desert, after fasting for 40 days and 40 nights he must have been extremely hungry! Then, the enemy came along and tried tempting Jesus to turn stones into bread. Can you imagine how hard that would have been? But Jesus responded with “It is written: man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” But the enemy didn’t stop there, He kept on pestering Him. Eventually, Jesus said to him, “away from me Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’ It was then that Satan left Him (Matthew 4:1-11). We can use what Jesus said here to rid Satan of his words, temptations, and battles he uses against us too.
There are also many other places in the Bible we can refer to, to help us with our battles. Including the Psalms as prayers. For instance, appeals for deliverance, help, encouragement, lamentation, praise, and power. Paul also experienced many times facing earthly battles. But in the book of Philippians he demonstrates, even when He was in prison, how to deal with these battles. We see how God fought for him and how God can fight for you. Check out ‘Experience Joy Through Hardship’ for more on this.
Fight Battles Through Fasting
Isaiah 58, talks about true fasting. We can use this text to show us why and how to fast. We fast in order to seek God, fully and to know His ways, help us in making decisions, and to come to seek His will (V2). If we abide by His word, He will guide and strengthen us (V11). The Chapter teaches us how we should be and what we should avoid when fasting (V13). Then by doing so, we can also experience His true joy (V14). So we can see as a result of fasting, His Strength and Joy can help us throughout this life on earth, even in times of fighting battles.
Fighting Battles Through Praise
The majority of the books in the Bible talk about praise. So, it’s safe to say that praise is a very important part of our walk with God, at all times and through all things, including our battles.
I know firsthand that praise and worship can help through our battles and storms. Even when I felt low, sad, grief, the list went on. But I put on the worship music and just a song or two in, my mood was lifted. Why? Because I was ‘Changing Focus’, from my situation or battle, onto Him. In addition to this we are giving him the glory and thanks that He deserves. Whether we feel like that is the case in our current situation, He does deserve it. Then by doing so He can turn our mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11).
We can see that when you seek God, by turning our attention onto Him through prayer, the word of God, fasting, and praise, and off of our battles He does the fight for you. Therefore, hang onto His word and promises. Remember that through all things He gives you the strength you need (Philippians 4:13) and no matter what the battles are in our lives God is there for you and with you. Thank you Lord, Amen.
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