Glenda Mills

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WHOSE BATTLE IS IT?

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“I will stand at my guard post. I will wait to see what the LORD says

And how he will answer my complaint.”
(Habakkuk 2:1 NLT).

I sat down to pray… but words would not come. Finally I poured out my tears;  “Your Words Lord…I don’t know how to pray!”

Jehoshaphat knew where to turn when the threatening letter came against his household. He could not fight his enemies alone. He called God’s people together for prayer—and God’s answer came with power and clarity!

“You need not fight this battle. Stand firm; see the deliverance the LORD will give you.
(11 Chronicles 20:17a NIV).

This was God’s battle! His people waited on Him in prayer…and obeyed His Words. They faced their enemy with bold faith; and songs of deliverance preceded the victory God gave that day.

The place was called Barakah…the Valley of Blessing!

When all kinds of difficulties come, do you feel alone in the conflict? Maybe you hesitate to ask others to pray because of fear of rejection. Maybe it’s just too hard to admit you have a need. Maybe the body of Christ has failed to support you in the past.

I have been there! I have known loneliness in the midst of deep pain. I have known fear that brought me to a standstill. I have lost God’s peace because of pride, anger, or unforgiveness. I am no longer there, because of the kindness and grace of God…nor do you have to be. Healing and strength come when we face our fears and tell God all that’s in our hearts. Ask God to bring just the right brother or sister into your life to pray with you.

Like Jehoshaphat, when we reach out and take willing hands, our hearts can be encouraged and healed to move forward.  Jesus never intended the body of Christ to be scattered in times of warfare. He desires we encircle each other with arms of loving support and pray with one another…no matter what. We need each other. There is strength in numbers, even if its two or three!

We are the Body of Christ. The community of Faith. There is power in prayer, both in our private prayer closet and in prayer with others.

I think the enemy must tremble when we choose to come together for prayer rather than run the other way.

Maybe someone reading this needs to take the risk and reach out for prayer. I am praying you will. It’s God’s way and He promises victory when we do it His way.

What practical lessons may we learn from Jehoshaphat in his time of crisis?

First: Run to Jesus! He is there to give strength and direction in times of crisis.

Second: Ask the Lord to direct you to the right person (persons) to pray with you. Two or more can defeat the enemy’s schemes and strategies.

Three: Pray together. If words fail, pray the Lord’s Prayer together, pausing to meditate after each phrase.

Four: Be still and wait for the Word of the Lord. It might be a still small voice of comfort or a convincing voice of direction.

Five: Get up and go on in trust as you let go of your burden. God will reveal His will and purpose in His time.

Six: Give God praise and thanksgiving as you obey what He tells you to do. He will walk with you from the valley to the mountaintop.

Seven: Rejoice and recount the blessings that came out of your valley of difficulty.

Eight: Ask yourself… Did I find myself richer in lessons learned about God and His faithfulness…even when the results may not have been what I wanted? Am I able to look beyond temporary suffering as a means to eternal gains? *

 

“I will never leave you, nor forsake.

In my hand is a sword, and for you my child, I undertake.

You need not fight in this battle!

 Stand firm in Me and wait. 

Those who hope in Me will not be disappointed.

You will see the goodness of the Lord.

Station yourself in this battle!

 Stand firm in Me and wait. 

Though trials linger and hell seems bent to destroy,

Station yourself in this battle!

 Stand firm in Me and wait. 

When time seems too long, too far from your sight;

There will be a day, a time of favor.

Station yourself in this battle!

                                                                                                        Stand firm in Me and wait.

* 11 Chronicles 20 gives full story of God’s deliverance for His people
* 2 Corinthians 4:18

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27 thoughts on “WHOSE BATTLE IS IT?

  1. This is excellent, Glenda. I have been in the valley you mention, and, only by the grace of God, and strong prayer warriors, did I get to the mountaintop. Prayer is such a powerful weapon. Thank you for this encouragement to not isolate ourselves, when we are in trials, but to go to the Lord in prayer. What a gift!

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  4. Thank you, Glenda! Wonderful tips! I know I’m there many times where I just don’t know what to say. Sometimes the only way I can pray is to sing. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  5. Dear Glenda, finally home from NZ and over jet lag, to have time to read your blogs. How beautiful! Thank you. Miss you.

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  7. Thanks for your ping back. God bless you!

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  10. Thanks for this encouraging word, Glenda.

    Jeanne

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  11. Glenda,

    Your words are like cool water. Thanks for your transparency.
    And blessings on your anniversary!

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  12. Thank you for reminding me of this strong portion of scripture – got me through many a battle as I stood by and watched the salvation of the Lord! Beautiful pictures to remind me also the battle ground can be a sweet pasture to lie down in when God takes over. Thank you, Glenda . . . .

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  13. I’m back for a reminder – hubby came home after a rough day and I was able to share this post with him. Thank you, Glenda. 🙂

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  14. Becky,

    I love the networking God is building between us as we share each other’s posts. So glad the post was beneficial to your hubby. I hope to meet the two of you some day. God bless you both as you continue to build strength into your marriage and family. God is awesome!! By the way, where do you live? I’m near Morgantown, WV.

    love in Jesus,
    Glenda

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  16. Back again, Glenda.

    This time, though, I’m here because I received the KREATIV BLOGGER award from a friend and I want to pass it on to you. I linked my readers to this post because it is how I found you and I still refer back to it!

    Yes, I nominated you – go check out my post and have fun with it!

    http://beckydoughty.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/blog-award-from-me/

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