For The Times When God Says, “This Battle Belongs To Me!”

Happy Tuesday!

Sometimes, life becomes so fast paced and so entirely complicated, that we cannot figure out when to act, or how to act in certain situations.

Oftentimes, we are not supposed to act in the situations we feel most inclined to act.

Self reliance is one of the surest marks of immaturity. The longer we walk with God, the more fully we are supposed to turn our hearts over to him.

Just after Jesus resurrected from the dead, he had a one on one meeting with Peter. Here is what Jesus had to say about Peter’s future:

John 21:18-19 “I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

I’ve seen this very same thing happen in my own life. When I was younger, I acted however I felt like acting, whenever I felt like acting… and I just cleaned up the mess afterwards. That is how I lived when I was young.

Now, after 20 years of walking with God, I’m not old yet, but I am older. Time and trial has eroded away at so much of my self reliance… until I sit here this morning just like almost everyone else, desiring to take a few situations into my own hands… but as I play the options through my mind, I remember that God is fully commanding my entire future. I remember a few of the Bibles golden verses such as,

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

Isaiah 54:17 “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!”

James 1:19-20 “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”

Psalm 27:13-14 “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”

Psalm 75:6-7 “For exaltation comes neither from the east Nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: He puts down one, And exalts another.”

This maturing belief has made me strong in my old(er) age. When the winds of confusion blow over my soul… when my enemy calls me out again and again… and I cannot figure out what to do, or if I should do anything at all… I simply retreat to my secret place, and I say as little as I can get away with saying… and I wait for God to work without my assistance.

There is a God. He loves His children sooo much. From His love, He performs unfathomable miracles. He moves the mightiest mountains. There is nothing our Father can’t fix.

  • Sometimes, He gives us His wisdom and strength so that we can act WITH HIM.
  • Oftentimes, He doesn’t give us anything at all… but the command to STAND STILL AND SEE HIS SALVATION!

2 Chronicles 20:15-17 He [the Lord’s prophet] 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. Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!”

This blog is for all of those times when God says, “Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged by this mighty army… for THIS BATTLE BELONGS TO ME!”

Todays photo taken from Humboldt Pro-Life.

Here is another great worship video from Citipoint Worship, You Are God.

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I just finished praying for you (with tremendous passion), hoping you really feel the difference. I wish you a most triumphant Tuesday wherever you are in the earth today.

Please leave your comments here on the blog site so that we will always have a record of your beautiful thoughts.

With much love…

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!

Chuck

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7 thoughts on “For The Times When God Says, “This Battle Belongs To Me!”

  1. I used to sing a song by Yolanda Adams called, "The Battle Is The Lord's" (I think that is the correct title). I love that song. And the fact that you mentioned Peter is just confirmation of what God has been telling me the last 2 weeks. The John Bevere study of 2 weeks ago concentrated on how Peter was strong in soul, but not in spirit. John B. talked about how Peter loved Jesus with affection (fileo or phileo) but how Jesus loved Peter with Godly undying love (agapeo or agape). The Lord spoke to me during that DVD session and said, "You are so much like Peter, Brandy. But you need to try to be less like Peter, and more like ME. For my word says, 'Be ye imitators of God'." I about fell out of my seat! Wow! I have always thought myself to be the female version of Peter. But glorying in that has been my downfall. I should be glorying only in the sanctification God gives me and giving Him to glory for everything He has done for me!

    Then I took a personality/Bible Character parallel test at my MOPS group yesterday. I am considered an Otter (outgoing, fun, loving, talkative) and the Bible character who I am most like…yes, you guessed it, Peter! Then you mention Peter in this blog today! Wow! God is sooooo speaking to me right now! I do think that Peter has some amazing qualities and that he really loved and respected Jesus…as you said, he chose the "peace" (upside down) death on a cross. Many people don't know that this is where the peace sign is said to have originated. Some argue over that, but I think it is cool to think that when we give/display the peace sign, we are really saying that we are unworthy in our own strength to do anything and we don't deserve God's love, but we can do all things through Christ who willing gave his life for us so that we may have real "peace".

    Lord, help me to be more like you, to let you defend me and to know the battle belongs to you! For you, God, have all power, all might…you go before me, your angels encamp round about me and your spirit dwells within me. You have given me the full armour that I need and the Word that leads my steps. Give me revelation to know how you want me to fight. For Jesus himself conquered the world with his hands and feet nailed to a cross. Thank you Lord for my Pastor and his family. Lead them and guide them in Jesus' name, Amen!

  2. There are many times that we want to try to take matters into our own hands. Of course as we all know it never works out. lol It is strange how even after time and time again of trying to fight our own battles and failing we don't just give it all to God. I feel so blessed to know that we have such a BIG God that can handle all our struggles, battles and help to ease the pain!

    Our women's group just started Crazy Love – Overwhelmed by a Relentless God written by Francis Chan and many times I find myself speechless! Yes even I get speechless sometimes. We have such a big, awesome, awe inspiring and loving God and yet we go through a routine life. Everyday we try to master things in our own flesh. When in reality we just need to realize how wonderful our God is. I watched the videos "The Awe Factor of God" and "Stop and Think," many times on the crazylovebook.com and that has drastically helped me remember that when I am in the midst of a battle that MY God is saying belongs to Him, that I need to take my hands off it and remember there is no one more qualified than Him to walk me into VICTORY!

    PS. Pastor Chuck please know that although my comments have been few lately that I read your blogs daily and they give me great encouragement! Love you guys!!

  3. This was for me! Felt like it anyways.. Thank you Jesus for giving this to Chuck to share. Really feeling the difference Chuck, thank you for your prayers and sharing this 🙂

  4. Oh man, this is hard but I am learning to let God be the spanker. (Thats what my mom use to say when we were kids)

    Several weeks ago, someone close to me did something that really hurt me. It was something girlfriends DON'T do, a stab in the back! God is so good and he came to my rescue as always. Ladies from dfc were very encouraging to me too.

    This particular person has continued to rub it in my face since then. I do not believe I am supposed to confront her about it. The battles belongs to the Lord is what keeps coming to mind.

    That verse is what keeps my flesh from 'tellin it like it is' lol. Thank you Lord for my church family, they are so wonderful.

    Mel 🙂

  5. man god is showing up chuck the battle is being won everyday 4 ppl got saved last nit god is answering so manta prays its awesome laic and lockridge wanna get baptized and a couple of close friends are coming sunday its like th more faithful we are the more god pours out and i feel like in some situations i don't need to say anything and let god be god it awesome call me when u can im skied IF YOU DOWN WITH THE J-MAN GET A AMEN!

  6. i needed that do not be afraid. I had a severe anxiety attack this afternoon. I haven't had one in a long time. They come when God is moving me to the next level and I believe He is doing just that by moving us to Staunton!!!! I am excited about moving, but the enemy has a way to enter into my mind and to lie to me even when I am on my A game over it. God is fighting this battle for me now, but I had to be willign to let him.