As I went to The Lord this morning this morining in prayer, my heart was heavy with some personal issues that I am dealing with. As I laid it all down befor Him, He spoke softly to me and said “The Battle Is Mine Robin. Don’t worry, don’t fret, don’t overthink, just let me deal with it”. That’s all I needed to start my day. As I went into my devotionals His voice was clearer and clearer. Matt 10: 16-42; 16 I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
17″Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues. 18On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
21″Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 22All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 23When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
24″A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub,[a] how much more the members of his household!
26″So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny[b]? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. 30And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
32″Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.
34″Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn
” ‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law –
36a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.'[c]
37″Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
40″He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me.
These verses reassured me that I’m gonna face oppostion, but no man will ever be able to steal my Spirit For God. There’s so much truth in Scripture that it blows me away. I’m not hear to be a bible scholar, but just a person who reads the Word and shares what God is teaching me. I know there are tons of interpritations, and arguments for this way or that, but if we allow the spirit to truly guide our understanding, He will, and we will learn what He wants to teach us in our own lives, in our own circumstances. I not saying this to undermind the authority of Biblical teachers, pastors, or scholors, but I’m saying that we too cary our own responcibilities when reading the Word. It is life, it is alive and God speaks to us all through it in many different ways. I just felt like I had to say that.
So anyway, back to “the battle”, I looked up and read 1 Sam. 17-19; which is partly, the story of David and Goliath. Even as young and unskilled as David was, going into battle with no armor, but just a pocket full of rocks and His trust in God, He showed True to The Lord and Won The Battle. In Chapter 18 Saul becomes angry and jelouse of David to the point of an evil spirit from God came forefully upon him. v.12 “Saul was afraid of David, because The Lord was with David but had left Saul”. The rest of this chapter and the next, Saul sets out to find and kill David.
That’s as far as I got with it today, but All of these scriptures, remind us of some important reminders. That yes, we’re in a battle, and that we will be divided in our households out of our loyalty to God. That we will have to deal with adversity, trials, persecution, misunderstanding, disagreements….but THE BATTLE IS THE LORDS.
I know this week has been really challenging for me. I’ve wrestled with trying to make sense of either what God allows in my life, or what He doesn’t. I’ve been reminded that it’s in the Valleys that I grow. I’ve been strengthened in my faith; reminded to put my faith in Him even when I can’t see the next step; and today He reminded me that The Battle Is His. There’s allot of uncertainty in my life right now, there’s allot of unanwered questions, but there is great peace, and joy, hope, and rest-assurance that He’s doing the fighting for me; and my job is to just keep following. Keep thirsting for the things of God. Keep putting myself out there for God. My Lord, My Savior, The one who will fight for me in this world. That brings a whole lot of peace to my heart today. Thank you Jesus for fighting my battle and for once again speaking to me through your Word; reminding me that the batlte is yours. I Love You Lord.