On that day
they will say to Jerusalem,
“Do not fear, Zion;
do not let your hands hang limp.
The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in His love He will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Do you feel battle weary? Lying on the battlefield of life wounded and forsaken? Wondering if Jesus even hears your cries?
The more we want to follow Jesus, the greater the roars of Satan will be. He stalks us like a roaring lion ready to pounce on us and devour us. (I Peter 5:8) And he seeks us in all our vulnerable spots. He knows exactly where our weaknesses lie. He whispers lies into our hearts – “God has forsaken you, you will never be enough, God can never use you, you’re never going to get through this.” And on and on…
We fight back and keep trying to replace his lies with God’s truth. But he can come on so strong, and sometimes our bodies, minds, and spirits feel like we’ll never gain in the battle. And we lie on the battlefield wounded and weary.
Sometimes I think I get battle worn because I try too hard to fight off the devil and his army myself. I want to put on my own armor. I want to be able to fend for myself. I want to be in control. I hate the feeling of losing control.
But lately I feel I need to quit fighting so hard. I need to open my eyes to the Mighty Warrior who is at the forefront of the battle. To surrender my sword and all my control to Him. To put on His armor. To remember the battle is the Lord’s.
When David faced the giant Goliath, he remembered this. He said to Goliath:
“You come against me with sword and spear
and javelin, but I come against you
in the name of the Lord Almighty,
the God of the armies of Israel,
whom you have defied.”
1 Samuel 17:45
He knew the battle was not his:
“All those gathered here will know
that it is not by sword or spear
that the Lord saves; for
the battle is the Lord’s,
and He will give all of you into our hands.”
1 Samuel 17:47
The battle is the Lord’s. He has already gained the victory over death, sin, and Satan. And He stands as a Mighty Warrior in front of us. No weapon that is formed against us will prosper. Jesus loves us so much that He won’t allow anyone to snatch us from His hands of love and salvation. It’s His pleasure to keep us safe, because He delights in us.
“But in that coming day
no weapon turned against you will succeed.
You will silence every voice
raised up to accuse you.
These benefits are enjoyed
by the servants of the LORD;
their vindication will come from Me.
I, the LORD, have spoken!”
“I give them eternal life,
and they shall never perish;
no one will snatch them out of My hand.”
“No, despite all these things,
overwhelming victory is ours
through Christ, who loved us.”
When the battle rages in our hearts, let’s follow behind our Mighty Warrior, not run ahead of Him. Let’s put on His armor, not our armor of self-sufficiency. Let’s allow Him to fight for us. Let’s believe He’s got us and will never let us go.
“God understands hard times –
so when life lets you down,
know that God is holding you up
and He will never let you go.”
“Mighty Warrior” by Elevation Worship
Jesus, please help us to believe You won
the battle and You will never let us go!
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