How can we say it’s not our battle when it’s happening to us and around us? We can see the enemy coming and he is mightier, stronger and more of them than we can ever fight against. It is certain death for us as we see the enemy approaching. The only choice we have is to bow down low in humbleness and realize how powerless we are to fight in this battle. What if we realize the battle is not ours but someone else’s?
King Jehoshaphat went through this exact predicament in 2 Chronicles starting in Chapter 17 going through 21. He was a King who followed the ways of the Lord and sent others to teach surrounding kingdoms. But when a multitude of enemies came to invade Judah, Jehoshaphat was afraid so he turned his attention to seek the Lord. He led his people to do the same. They knew they were outnumbered and acknowledge their powerlessness before such a great foe. Then the Spirit of the Lord told them the battle was not theirs, but God’s.
I told the ladies in jail we have an enemy too mighty for us to fight. It’s not our fight though; it is so we put our eyes on the Lord. He will fight for us because He knows we are powerless.
The adversary is seeking to destroy us; he wants us to believe the lie he’s been telling from the beginning. That we can be “like God” making our own decisions, doing what we want to do when we want to do it.
If we read the rest of the story of Jehoshaphat we learn that when he sought the Lord, sang praises and worshiped God, the enemies destroyed each other. I love chapter 20:24 behold, they were corpse lying on the ground and no one had escaped. God did that. When we give thanks to the Lord for His loving kindness is everlasting, amazing things happen in our life because He is fighting the battle on our behalf.
I never get tired of teaching God’s word in this way. I can see that it is not me or us, but God who is keeping us, and I thank Him that He is keeping us. When I got up this morning, I thought I was going to teach about Joseph and how the enemy meant harm for him, but God used it for His glory. That is so cool how God is living His life through me, and I get to be a part of it.
Rhema word talked about Job and how Job did everything a righteous man could do and yet he still suffered greatly. Linda Parks brought up Job’s wife and questioned where she was during this whole thing. Some girls raised their hand to say she took off and left Job. Others mentioned how they got more children so she must have stuck around. One girl, bless her heart, said, “Job got a new wife.” It was a little funny to hear their understanding of a story they had never read. It was good learning tool and when we were done, several said they couldn’t wait to get back to their cell and read it.
Sha Jackson had a copy of her new book called, “Booty Call, it’s the truth.” She passed it around the room for everyone to look at. It’s a memoir of her life and how God delivered her from a life of drugs and death.
Written by Tracey