Victory is in the Surrender

1:00 AMHeather

Perhaps you are like me and you seem to fight the same battles over and over. Maybe they are relationship battles you visit regularly. Or maybe it's recurring parenting battles. Maybe you've been hurt and wounded and you continually fight to find a place of healing. Or maybe you struggle against the weight of fear, anxiety, or some other stronghold. God promised us that following Him would NOT free us from battles. In fact, Christ said, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world," John 16:33. As those striving to obey the Lord, we know we have an enemy and an accuser. And, boy does he work overtime to throw us off the narrow road.

I don't know why I am therefore surprised when I come back to revisit old battlegrounds. Sometimes, I feel as though just when I relax and get my guard down--BOOM. For some reason, this last week, I keep thinking of those lyrics, "I get knocked down, but I get up again...." Ugh. Here we go again. Same old song, next verse. And, my emotional reaction seems to escalate when that old wound gets picked at AGAIN. Discouraged, defeated, frustrated. Can you relate?

This time, I think I set myself up. In book club a week ago Tuesday, I shared a passage about spiritual warfare. Then, my blog post last Thursday was haunting me by dinner time. And, I had to unwind the situation with my own words. What is true here? And what is TRUTH? As I wrestled against this same old thing, I sat down at my bathroom vanity, and there was that weathered index card. I hung onto that verse during the last round of this battle. A million times I've thought I should switch up the card on my magnet board. But, it held such meaning. And, as I looked at it again to really see it, I knew that God was giving me that lifeline--once again.

"You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverence the Lord WILL give you; O Judah and Jerusalem [or Heather]. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out and face them tomorrow and the Lord will be with you."
2 Chronicles 20:17

There you have it. My job? To take up my position, which I think is to be in a position of prayer. And to stand firm--to stand firmly on the promises of His Word. That's it. That's my job. Oh, and wave the white flag of surrender to let God give me the victory. The fight is HIS. The battle is HIS. The deliverence is HIS to give. When I surrender and ask Him to show up and fight for me, then I can surrender the fear and discouragement. When I believe that the God of this Universe has my back on this battle, I can relax. I can have confidence and boldness. I can go out and face the situation, knowing the Lord goes before and behind.

INTENTIONAL challenge: What battle are you facing? What obstacles lie ahead of you? What overwhelms you and feels insurmountable? What is that THING that makes you think, "here we go AGAIN?" What if every time you stress about it, you read this verse instead? What if instead of trying to fight it off, you just pray and claim this verse--praying these words as a promise? What if you quit trying, quit fighting, quit straining against it--and you let God fight your battle, trusting Him for deliverence and His victory? That weakness is the place to ask God to show up and show Himself strong. I can't wait to see what happens--it oughta be good!

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