Bible Ballistics: BBs #576 Whose Battles Are You Fighting???
I have a very brief word to share this morning as the sun pops over the horizon. I can’t help but thank God that HE IS my strength and my redeemer, and we just need to keep our eyes on the prize—Jesus! And while heaven is my home, I still have to live this life as long as God gives me breath; maybe you need a word of encouragement along with me this morning—let’s dig in.
“The LORD is my light
and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
the LORD is the strength
of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
No one! We can walk in confidence and overcome the fears that confront me/you; and while my fears will be different from your fears, we can look up to The One who has us in His hand; and as believers in Jesus, we have been given His Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth.
“Howbeit when he,
the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you
into all truth:
for he shall not speak of himself;
but whatsoever he shall hear,
that shall he speak:
and he will shew you
things to come.
14 He shall glorify me:
for he shall receive of mine,
and shall shew it unto you.” John 16:13-14
And I am so thankful that Paul reminded his son-in-the-ministry of this very thing. So, friends, may we remember that we are not alone, and as King Solomon wrote “there is no new thing under the sun” (See Ecclesiastes 1:9)!
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power,
and of love,
and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
I find it interesting that the word for “sound mind” here, is a word that means “right thinking”, and ‘right thinking’ means thinking God’s thoughts, and remembering that HE has it all in His hand!
“And all Judah stood before the LORD,
with their little ones,
and their children.
14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah,
a Levite of the sons of Asaph,
came the Spirit of the LORD
in the midst of the congregation;
15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah,
and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem,
and thou king Jehoshaphat,
Thus saith the LORD unto you,
Be not afraid
nor dismayed by reason
of this great multitude;
for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:13-15
Take some time today and read this whole episode in the life of Jehoshaphat, it will encourage your soul, no matter what trials or battles you may be facing; for remember God has told us as well, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (See Hebrews 13:5-6)! May you have a blessed day—look up—our God reigns!