Winning the battle (5)
Another thing we need to do in order to win our battles is to stand firm. God told Jehoshaphat: ‘Stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you.’ What does it mean for us to ‘stand firm’ when we’re in a crisis? It’s having an attitude of quiet confidence that says, ‘I’m going to trust God.’ Moses also told the people to stand firm. They were being chased by the Egyptians, and were starting to regret leaving their life in Egypt and coming into the desert. He said: ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still’ (Exodus 14:13-14 NIV). It can be hard to stand our ground while the battle seems to be raging around us. We want to take matters into our own hands. But we need to be still and let God fight for us. This doesn’t mean we do nothing about our situations, but it does mean we trust in God to bring the victory. So what do we stand firm on? Jehoshaphat went on to tell the people: ‘Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful’ (v.20 NIV). We need to stand firm on the character of God. God’s faithful, and we can depend on Him. We also need to stand firm on the truth of His Word, the Bible. Every promise written in there will be fulfilled. So, in the battles we’re facing, let’s stand firm on the unchanging character of God and the unchanging promises of His Word.
Find the paper where you wrote about the battle you’re facing. At the top of the page, in big letters, write: ‘I will stand firm and trust in God through this battle.’
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