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Life, in general, can be a real physical battle when you’re not only fighting for yourself, but also for your marriage, family, health & well-being, and financial stability. And at some point, in your life, you were the one hurt or broken in a situation, yet you feel responsible and have to be the strong one for yourself and your family. You begin to grow weary and tired; feelings of defeat and frustration have set in. But the Bible says, in Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” We must stay focused and believe the Word of the Lord. We must believe that He’s working ALL things out for our good. I know that it’s easy to get discouraged, but hold on because the results and outcome are well worth the wait! Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) says, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.” We need God to fight this battle for us! This is not a battle we can fight alone, with our fists, or physical weapons. This is spiritual warfare. You may not understand it; you may not even believe it, but it’s real. It’s as real as the person sitting next to you. Just because you cannot see it with a natural eye, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. You cannot see the wind, but you believe that it’s blowing. Spiritual warfare is an invisible war that Satan, who commands the powers of darkness, operates in to deceive us. The enemy will use circumstances, events, people, things and even doubt to steal our hearts away from God.
Let’s look at the Book of Job. “God looked upon Job as a righteous man but because Satan wanted to prove God wrong, Job became the victim of Satan’s attacks. Job’s family, finances and home were destroyed, and his health and friends turned against him. Job experienced very real physical and circumstantial conflicts because of the conflict in the spiritual realm. Job also became the victor because of his faithfulness to God in words and actions throughout the trial. His victory was spiritual, physical and material…on earth as it is in heaven” (quoted from an article by Tonilee Adamson and Bobbye Brooks). As we’re going through hardship in life, it can be hard to depend upon a strength that’s not our own. However, for me, God has shown me repeatedly that He wants to be a part of every decision I make. I have learned we can lose a battle simply because we ignore God’s advice and instead of allowing Him to take care of the situation, we decide to take matters into our own hands. There have been many times in my life where I have made decisions based on my own thoughts and observations, only to run back to His unchanging grace. I believe, if we seek Him first and listen for His voice, we can save ourselves from some of the most draining circumstances and situations we create in our own lives. Although we sometimes ignore His voice, He’s still faithful and loves us the same!
Although I have felt that I have been in a battle almost my entire life, I cannot get discouraged. There have been many times where I have almost went into depression and become emotionally drained, numb, and frustrated. We all have times when we’re depressed, but it’s the getting back up that makes you different from the people that remain in a state of deep depression, which is a severe illness. God has created us to be warriors, ones who fight, have hope, motivation, willpower, mental and physical strength, passion, purpose, discipline, perseverance, and fighters on behalf of our family and others. I will be honest, sometimes I do question Him about the anointing that He placed on my life. I admit I’m getting tired of fighting, especially when not seeing changes in the people He has you praying for. I know that within our own hearts and minds can be the hardest, most exhausting battle of them all. However, in the physical realm is the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, each one signifying great sacrifices on behalf of the Nation for continued freedom. Therefore, as Christians we need to learn how to PRAY, FIGHT and SACRIFICE for freedom for ourselves, family, and others in the spiritual realm, too. Well, He opened my eyes and I hope He just opened yours too!
In 2 Chronicles 20:15 (NIV) says, “He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” God is fighting on our behalf. On the other hand, we need the Holy Spirit to teach us how to pray. Romans 8:26 (MSG) says, “Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.” Therefore, when life gets tough, when you don’t know how you’re going to pay your next bill, you’re emotionally weighed down, don’t know where your next meal is coming from, having marital issues, children don’t want to act right, when you’re pulled in every direction, when you feel like everyone depends on you to be the strong one, when nobody understands YOU, remember that the battle is not yours. It’s the Lord’s and it’s ALREADY WON!
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