Monday, June 30, 2008

Whose Battle IS It?

I periodically go through the documents on the computer. I came across this entry under "Bible Studies" and felt compelled to share. I hope it's a blessing to someone.

Had the greatest Bible study Wednesday night. Exodus 14:10-14, the Israelites had the sea in front of them and Pharaoh's army behind them. After all that God had done, they lost their faith so quickly. Yet God did not forsake them even when they were lacking, when they said they were better off as slaves. He told Moses to tell the people, "Don't be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord Himself will fight for you." (NIV)

The KJV is pretty cool too, "Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. The Lord shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace."

So I was thinking about the fear I've been feeling and came home and did a little researching on my own. Came up with:

II Chronicles 20:15&17

"Be not afraid of dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but the Lords...Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you..."

Psalm 46:10

"Be still and know that I am God."

II Thessalonians
"The Lord has not given us a spirit of fear, but of peace, love and a sound mind."

Someone at Bible study had mentioned Hebrews 4 and the place of rest. There I found Hebrews 4:1-3a, "God's promise of entering His rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. For this good news - that God has prepared this rest - has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn't share the faith of those who listened to God. For only we who believe can enter His rest."

So I started thinking...not my battle...stand my peace...He will fight for me...stillness...rest...faith...He will provide all of these if I let Him (which is the difficult part because I have this mind set that it's MY mess and I am responsible for cleaning it up...but I'm working on that one). I should stop trying to find a way to fight and instead, just rest in stillness and faith. The battle is His. Stand my ground and claim Him promise when I need it. And then go on.

Much easier said than done for me in particular, but at least I know it. I've a promise to claim when I need it. Now it's a matter of just claiming it and standing my peace and letting Him take care of my mess.

3 comments:

Cicero Sings said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I see you make soap too and one of your favourite books is Hinds' Feet on High Places!

jollyholly said...

Hi! Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting. I enjoyed checking out your blog and profile. I see from your profile that we have at least one favorite book and one favorite musician in common; is that how you found me?
Your blog posts are very insightful and encouraging; I'll be looking forward to reading more of them.
Nice to meet you.

Mosaic said...

I found you both doing a search on Hinds' Feet. I think it's my all time favorite. Read it for the first time when I was in middle school. Now I'm 37!

Cicero, yes, we make soap the old fashioned way with lye and water. My family won't use anything else!! I love the pictures you post of all the flowers and bugs. I'll have to post some pictures I've taken around here. Have some cool ones of a sunset. I was able to capture the true colors because the AMAZING man I'm married to bought me a pro camera. TOO COOL!

JH, It's nice to meet you as well! I was at your wife's site as well. It was nice to see women building their husbands up instead of tearing them down.

We also have a special need child. When I read about going to yet another appointment...in the city...to hear the same stuff...again...BOY! can I relate! We also homeschooled. This year will be the first time I'll not have any at home. We have a great Christian school with a special needs department just a few minutes from the house. I'll be volunteering there a lot!!!!

Looking forward to reading more of y'all's (that IS proper grammar in Western KY) blogs as well. :)



I have said these things unto you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
~John 16:33