Saturday 18 Nov 2017
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John 6:35

Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

 

Whose battle are you fighting?

2 Chronicles 20:15-16a.......... ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God's. Tomorrow go down against them...........

That we serve a faithful God is beyond debate, what perhaps remains debatable and and as result a quest which we daily continue to submit ourselves to, is how best to reap from that faithfulness. One of the promises which we as believers readily claim as part of God's faithfulness is the one we will be looking at today 

, it is one that we find comforting and re-assuring whenever we are faced with the battles of life and whenever we are confronted by overwhelming challenges which life never ceases to throw in our way. There is nothing wrong in holding unto these promises, they are there for our benefit in the first place and if imay add, these are not empty or vain promises either, for they are indeed backed to the hilt, by everything that represents the glory, honor and integrity of God. Hence He said to Prophet. Isaiah, 
Isa 55:10-11 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth,making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;it shall not return to me empty,but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

However there is a matter of big 'if' upon which these promises rests and it is always to our benefit that we pay close attention whenever we see a promise that we want to claim by faith.In addition to paying close attention, there is also, the need to understand the instructions which sorrounds these promises with the aim of dilligently obeying them. The message in today's passage which earnestly begs for our attention is summed up by the sentence ..."the battle belongs to the Lord". In the light of this, the following questions arises;
a. Does God go about fighting every battle ?
b. How can i ensure that my battle belongs to the Lord?

The truth be told although God is the All seeing, All able and the Almighty, one thing he is not is a busy body, nor does he run errands for anyone, he has not commisioned his people to engage in every battle of life.  He will not engage himself in a battle where his help is not needed neither will he engage himself in a battle which he has not sent his people. It is sheer folly therefore for a man to live carelessly only to see a promise like this in the scripture and jump on its back shouting I claim it, i claim it! The truth be told, the battle which the Lord calls his own, is one that he has commissioned his people to fight and everytime people fight a battle he has not sent them, they end up being soundly defeated.  King Josiah found favor with God, yet he died from the battle which the Lord did not commission him to fight, he ignored the warning to the effect and he paid a high price as a result 2 Chronicles 15:20-24. It quiet unfortunate to say that many are wasting away today expending their time and energy on the battles of life they were never commissioned to fight.

For those of us who are followers of Christ, that battle is to live as his disciples in this world by taking his yoke upon us that we mght first learn from him and subsequently go on to live as well as impact our world with it while making disciples of it. The battle is to fight the good battle of faith by standing on the side of all that is good as revealed to us by the word of God, while shunning all that is evil. The battle is to live a life that brings glory to God, and to do everything with the help that has been promised us in the Holy Spirit. It is to live for his glory, to present ourselves as a living sacrifice wholly acceptable to him. This battle is not complete without contending for the crown of life, one that is promised us in Christ, this is the ultimate spoil of the battle into which we have been commissioned from the Almighty. If  this is the battle cry that we have hearkened and committed ourselves to prosecute , then we can be sure that we are fighting the battle which the Lord has committed himself to fighting on our behalf and as the scripture boldly declared to us,".......if God be for us who can be against us?"- Romans 8:31.

The poser for us today is this, am i fighting my own battles or the one the Lord calls his own?