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Saturday, July 18, 2009
A Fixed Fight
"Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God's. 'You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.' Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the LORD is with you" (2 Chronicles 20:15-17).
If you are a boxing fan, you are familiar with the statement: "the fight was fixed". If there was ever a fixed fight, the one in 2 Chronicles 20 was just that. Three nations, that God forbade the nation of Israel from destroying earlier, has now come together to destroy them. The Bible records the Nation of Israel saying to God:
"Now behold, the sons of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom You did not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt (they turned aside from them and did not destroy them), see how they are rewarding us by coming to drive us out from Your possession which You have given us as an inheritance" (2 Chronicles 20:10-11).
Unbeknownst to the Nation of Israel, God was using these nations to serve a higher purpose. This seemingly impossible situation was orchestrated by God to: (1) demonstrate to Israel that He was able to care for them, no matter how severe their situation seemed, and (2) that their ability was not determinative of their success, but their faith in Him. God allowed Israel's problem to grow until it was out of their control. Now they stood face to face with a situation that they could no longer avoid. This situation was not to destroy them but to teach them, that the battle is not theirs, but the Lords.
Many of you may be facing situations in your life that seem to have come out of nowhere, when in reality they are old problems that have re-surfaced. This problem seems to be unavoidable and insurmountable. You've thought about and considered every scenario, trying to find a way of escape and delivery but none have been revealed. You've prayed to God about it but He seems to have turned a deaf ear to your prayer. Now it appears that you are on the brink of losing everything. Just remember, that God did not allow the problem in your life to destroy you but to develop your faith in Him. He already knows how you are going to win. The fight has been fixed! Weeping may endure for a night, but joy is coming in the morning! (Psalms 30:5).
This problem is only temporary. God never intended for you to have to fight this fight. It is too big for you. God has allowed the situation to get to this point to reveal to you that: (1) no problem is too big for Him, (2) you are never alone, even when it seem like it, and (3) that the fight is really His. Understand, that the decisive factor in your success is not "what" has come against you - but Who is with you. Remember, it may look like you are insufficient, out numbered and unable to overcome what is facing you. In the natural this might be true if it was up to you alone. However, the battle is not yours but the Lords.
Before the battle ever begins, God has already declared you delivered and victorious. Your fight is not against the problem, but yourself. You must fight to hold onto your faith in God, even when the facts contradict what God has promised. Remember, facts change everyday, but the truth of God's word never changes regardless of the facts. When your opponent or problem raised up against you, it was already defeated. The fight has been fixed - it just has to be told so.
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