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Not My Battle


"This is what the Lord says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's.'" II Chronicles 20:15 (NIV)


For two weeks the Lord had been preparing me for the missile attack. At first during my prayer time, the Scriptures that leaped out at me were, I thought, intended for other people.
My Bible fell open to Isaiah 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." I thought of a friend who was going through a struggle with a loss and sent the Scripture with a note of encouragement.
On another day I read Psalm 17:1 "The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?" and emailed it to a teacher who was battling a group of students who had no desire to learn but every desire to bully.
On yet another day my devotion was II Chronicles 20:15. “This is what the Lord says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's.'"
It occurred to me that my Father was preparing ME to totally and completely rely on Him and trust Him to handle whatever was coming. I was right. 
The very next day a missile of slander came out of nowhere and, with deadly precision, hit its mark in the middle of the intended target: me.
The comments made were designed to hurt and to cast doubt as to my integrity. They were also made anonymously and repeated several times as truth which eliminated any way of correcting what was said by confronting the offender. 
I knelt beside my bed, wounded and bewildered at the obvious intent to cast doubt on my witness. "Why, Lord?" I cried. "I've tried all these years to do what you would have me do. Why is this happening?"
In the quietness of the morning, the Lord spoke clearly to my heart: "When did I ever tell you that it would be easy . . ..following me? Remember that your strength is in me. Do not be afraid. I will do battle for you, just as I have . . .all these years."
Today's Key Scripture from II Chronicles 20:15 is one of the most comforting passages in the Old Testament. While we may not be facing a physical army, as King Jehoshaphat was facing, as Christians we face attacks from “vast armies” every single day. And we have the greatest advocate possible to fight for us: the Warrior God!
Perhaps someone has spread gossip about you that is completely untrue and you have no way of correcting it. Maybe you are being “attacked” where you work because of your faith. Whatever it is, WE do not have to battle those armies!
Never forget that we have a Father who understands and who encourages us to hold on to Him as He battles victoriously in our place.


Father, thank you for being strong for us when we are weak and for holding on to us when we have no strength on our own; for preparing us for what is to come and for allowing us to watch as you battle in our place. In Jesus' Name. Amen.


What is your immediate reaction when something happens in your life that is an attack against you? Do you panic or trust God to handle it?


Memorize one of the power verses below and repeat it back to yourself when you have been shot at and/or hit with a missile.

Share what has happened with a trusted prayer warrior and ask for wise counsel and prayer to determine if any steps need to be taken.


II Chronicles 20:15 (NIV) ".This is what the Lord says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's.'"

 Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Psalm 17:1 (NIV) "The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?"



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