Have you ever watched a movie where a person is fighting a battle, and it seems like things are not going well, but then the person is instructed to hold their position? Suddenly, it looks like there is something that the person remembers or sees that gives them that extra strength to overcome and win the battle.
That is what God is telling you today. Maintain your position in Him. Hold on and fight in the spirit. Sometimes battles can come, and it seems like there is no way you can win or overcome the obstacles you are facing, but you can, and you will if you pull on the Word that you have on the inside of you. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” As Christians, we fight our battles by speaking the Word of God. There is a Word for any situation you may face, but you must activate it by saying it. Once you release the Word into the atmosphere, it goes out and creates, changes, or dismantle what it needs to. In Jeremiah 1:12, God told the Prophet Jeremiah that He would watch over His Word to perform it. When you speak the Word of God, He will make sure that it comes to pass. Modern-day technology makes it very easy to look up scriptures for whatever your situation may be. There is no excuse for not using your weapon.
Let’s talk about the movie Rocky. The character Rocky Balboa is chosen to fight an undefeated heavyweight champion Apollo Creed. There is a set time for the fight, so what does Rocky do? He trains and works out. Does he do it alone?? No. He has a trainer named Micky. If you have seen the movie, you know that Rocky fights Apollo and ultimately wins the fight. In this life, there is a set time that we, too, will have to face some tough battles. My battle may not be your battle, but we will all have some. Are you training for it? When Rocky found out there would be a fight, he did not continue to live life every day nonchalantly until the day of the battle. He prepared for it mentally and physically. We cannot go on with life and not prepare ourselves for the unknown. It is not enough to accept Christ into your life but never take time to get to know God on an intimate level. This is the beginning of how we prepare for the battles that life brings.
As we get to know God, we learn who we are in Him and the authority we, as believers and followers, have. There are different ways we get to know God. As mentioned, before we get to know Him through reading and studying His Word. The Bible is filled with promises and prophecies, but we have to read it to learn it. In II Timothy 2:15, it says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” Before you read the Word take the time and ask God to make what you read personal and ask him to give you clarity and understanding. Meditate on what you read. Let’s look at Psalms 23. The first verse says, “The Lord is my Shepard I shall not want.” When I meditate on this verse, this says to me that I don’t have any lack because God is the head of my life. If I have no lack, that means no lack in finances, health, peace, joy, or anything else. I don’t want for anything because God supplies my needs. Reading and meditating on the word brings comfort and strength during a battle and it helps us maintain our positions in God.
Did you know that people can get to know God through your testimony? That’s how powerful your victories are. It can draw others to Christ. Revelations 12:11 says, “They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the Word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” I once heard a minister say that there is nothing more powerful than telling a person’s story. One thing you have to realize is that you are not the only one who goes through trials. When God brings you out, and He prompts you to share, share it. You never know who needs to hear it. It can be fuel to someone who may be on the verge of giving up. People are ashamed of their past because of the decisions they made. When God brings you out, and you don’t look like what you have been through, I say that is a look of strength. You are a display of the transforming power of God. A person can look at you say, if God did it for them, He could do it for me. Telling your testimony can help someone who may be in the battle of their life. Please don’t hold that power to yourself; release it to help others.
In a natural fight there are weapons. Not only do we have the Word of God as a weapon, but we also have our weapon of praise, worship, prayer, and fasting. As mentioned in the previous blog entitled “Fighting Against All Odds”, praise is an outward expression of gratitude that we show towards God. Prayer is simply talking to God, while worship is more intimate. Worship is when we take our focus of everyone and everything else and we put it on God. Fasting is another tool that is very important and powerful. In Mark Chapter 9 it speaks of the Disciples attempts to heal a boy that was possessed by a spirit. The Disciples attempts failed but Jesus was able to heal the child. When the Disciples asked Jesus why they could not do what He did, Jesus replied, “However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” There are some battles that will require us to fast. It’s in the fast that we are strengthened, we learn discipline, and we are able to hear God clearly. He gives us instructions and strategic plans.
Don’t quit. Don’t give up now. It may seem dark now but remember morning has to come. God is committed to His children and He will not fail us. No matter how hard it looks, God will not leave us. He told us that He would be with us always. You are not alone. God is on your side and He has got you covered. Instead of worrying use your tools and rest in the promises of God. Maintain your position in God.