By Marni Montanez
2 Chronicles 20:15
New King James Version (NKJV)
15 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.
Listen…… Have you ever noticed that God is always asking us to listen? Perhaps this is because we have a tendency not to pay full attention and really listen. Before He can continue He wants to know we are listening. If we really listen we will hear with greater understanding.
When I used to read this part of the verse, the battle is the Lord’s, I would get confused because we are told to fight the good fight of faith and we are told to put on the armor of God. In other words be ready to fight.
So I didn't understand how we could be instructed to fight and warfare and yet, scripture says, the battle is the Lord’s.
This is how.
Our part of the Lord's battle is to speak the words that are in scripture. These are His words. This is what Jesus did in the desert. In His conversation with Satan He kept speaking scripture. This is what we must do. All the power that defeats the enemy comes from the spoken word of God.
We are the conduit in which these words of God go forth and conquer. He chooses to include us in His battle and ultimately to victories as we use the word of God. In God’s sight we have already won because we are in Him and He has already won.
In this verse the Lord instructs His people not to be afraid. One of the ways the enemy is victorious over us is when he causes us to be afraid. Once we become afraid we make fear based decisions and lose our peace. As soldiers in the faith we are to hold on to our peace as part of our armor. This is how we stay victorious. When we remain in peace, we are able to stand and believe God and speak His word with boldness no matter what the enemy throws at us. As we stand believing God; we stand unafraid because we are confident in who our God is.
This battle between good and evil is the Lord’s.
Challenge: Find verses that deal with what you are going through in this season and speak them out loudly. Gain victory as truth (the word of God) flows from your mouth.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.