The Battle belongs to the Lord

the Lord willfight for you

 

The longed for and prayed for bail hearing for missionaries Masih das and Sarita in India on Monday did not take place. Everyone turned up in court with high expectations, except the police, who hadn’t got their act together and didn’t have their files on the case ready – after six weeks! The judge reprimanded them, but it was like water off a ducks back. Those behind the scenes who pull the strings want to delay this hearing for as long as possible; they really do want to see an end to Christian work amongst the Santhali tribe. And it’s made me so angry; what’s happening is so wrong, and it seems as if we are helpless to do anything about it.

And all of the time two of the finest Christians I have ever known have had their lives put on hold in two horrible prison cells.

A great promise from God to speak out when feeling totally overwhelmed and inadequate when facing a gigantic challenge is found in 2 Chronicles 20v15 and 1 Samuel 17v47

The battle belongs to the LordThis is a promise I’ve known and that has been important to me over the years when facing different challenging situations. Several good friends have pointed me back to it again, so I’ve been trying to revisit it and apply it to this situation from a distance of several thousands miles.

Having woken early on Monday morning to get news from the bail hearing in India and expecting to hear of a great break-through and triumph from our victorious God, my heart was crushed. I heard nothing, absolutely nothing. Nothing had happened; family members had travelled for 5 hours to be in the court and nothing happened. Nothing. The police didn’t care; no one seemed to care.

‘Lord this is Your battle, is it too hard for you?’

Then came that small quiet voice. ‘yes it is my battle, not yours. Please leave it to me. Make yourself still and watch. I’ve set the ambushes. I can use confusion. Watch the confusion result in the enemy attacking himself’.

the Lord willfight for youIt’s hard to make myself still. I used to like loud praying, walking about and declaring the victory of King Jesus the Tomb Buster, praying in tongues, praying the Lord’s Prayer, binding and loosing, praying with an open Bible, praying with others, praying over the phone … but something is changing in me.

‘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…. you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you’. (2 Chronicles. 20:15-17) .

How to make myself be still? That’s my challenge.

If you’ve learnt how to do this please post some tips below.

I’ve added a link to an old familiar song that has been rising up in my spirit to strengthen my heart to be still during this battle. Listen to it and let praise rise up in your heart in whatever circumstances you find yourself in today, knowing the battle is not yours, but belongs to the Lord.  Its incredible how in being still you can hear the battle march!

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His love endures forever! 

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5 thoughts on “The Battle belongs to the Lord

  1. Denis Bradshaw says:

    We keep in prayer as we wait on the LORD.

    Our Bible reading today is Isaiah 51:5 (good in all versions) – in NIV:

    “My righteousness draws near speedily,
    my salvation is on the way,
    and my arm will bring justice to the nations.
    The islands (coastlands) will look to me
    and wait in hope for my arm”

  2. Mynaraproject@yahoo.com says:

    Thank you so much for sharing and being “real” about your frustration etc …. Pertaining the situation and understandably too ….

    The Song I leave with you “Strength will rise as I wait upon the Lord” …..

    I know it’s easier said, than done, “but it is well, and it will be well …”

    Those who trust in the Lord will NOT be brought to shame!!!!

    Psalm 25:3

    God Bless You Both
    Sheron & David
    X

  3. molly kirrage says:

    Hi Les and Ann, we know our battles are not against flesh and blood but the principalities that rule this world. We also know that the Lord our God is soveriegn. It is an awful situation BUT our ways are not his ways. Psalm 40 vs1-3 we wait patiently so then many will see what God has done and many will put their trust in him. So our prayer is that they remain strong, that they have a new song and many will be amazed at what the Lord has done, we trust in our God who lifts us out of the pit of despair, blessings to you in the beautiful name of Jesus. From Molly.

  4. Jean Samuels says:

    Dear Les, Thanks for the news of the delay in the ‘bail hearing’ last Monday. So very sorry to hear that it didn’t happen. I can appreciate your frustration, especially being so very far away and helpless to help them. Please pin all your faith and trust on the verse you quoted from Exodus 14:14. “The LORD (God Almighty) will fight for you (them). You need only to be still.” As we are still and wait, God IS actually in perfect control and IS working behind the scenes. HE will strengthen and sustain those dear servants. If they are precious to you, think how much more precious they are to HIM! All the barrage of prayer going up to the Throne cannot be without effect. And we’ll keep praying earnestly. Praying for YOU and Anne also. It’s a hard test of faith and trust but don’t falter, keep looking up to ‘The One Who is more than able’. Bless you both in Jesus Name, Jean.

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