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Saturday, January 28, 2017

THE BATTLE IS GOD’S

Ephesians 6:10-12 New Living Translation
“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
         There is no need to fight your own battles against the forces of evil. The battle is the Lord’s.  2 Chronicles* tells of King Jehoshaphat & the people of Judah and their dilemma. An enemy force was bearing down on them. Instead of panicking or fretting, King Jehoshaphat committed the situation to the Lord. In his prayer he acknowledged that only God could save them. He sought God’s favor.  He then acknowledged God’s authority over their enemy. The King then praised the name of the Lord and professed total dependence on his God. 
         We may never have an enemy army bearing down on us, but we do battle temptation and various other types of pressure in this life.  The devil and his demons, the angels that fell with him from heaven, may control this earth, but they do not control you unless you allow them to.  Chapter 6 of Ephesians describes the armor in detail; that which we are to don and utilize to protect us from the wiles of our chief adversary.  We cannot defeat him on our own, but we cannot be defeated if we rely on God to fight our battles.
         There is a spiritual realm that has quite a bit of activity in it I would imagine, for it is there that angels and demons wage war for the souls of men.  If we are a child of the King there is nothing the devil can ever do to us.  He may scorch everything around us, but he cannot touch us unless God sanctions it for his own specific purpose.  Even then, we are ultimately safe and secure, in spite of our immediate situation.  When we have faith to trust the Lord to keep his promises we can conquer any foe.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources:  The Life Application Study Bible; The Reformation Study Bible.
2 Chronicles 20:15 NLT

He said, "Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid! Don't be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God's.”

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