“Too often I find you engaged in battles that you are not supposed to fight. They take your eyes off the real battles, exhaust your energy; and distract you from your real place with Me. Great challenges, which will require the implementation of many of the character traits of Jesus, are ahead. Each one could mean overwhelming victories or many distractions, depending on how you approach them.
"When Jesus walked in your world, He simply applied Our relationship to any situation that He faced. He did not apply personality, wit, or His own wisdom. He implemented what I asked Him to do. That does not mean that He did not have His own wisdom or ideas. He was the wisest man that was ever born of woman. He was showing you how to overcome every challenge in your life. He was giving you the way to rise above your earthly life and enter into My kind of life.
"As I show you what needs to change in your life, I am not asking you to change it yourself; I am asking you to come to Me and be changed. As you face challenges, I am not asking you to fight what is seen; I am asking you to come to Me and allow Me to show you what is really happening. As you understand what is really happening, I am not asking you to take the battle on; I am asking you to have fellowship with Me while I overcome every obstacle in your path. Don’t you see that wealth, power, wisdom, and strength are given to you because of Our association, and implemented by that association? All of your challenges are really opportunities for Me to win the battle for you.
"Why wouldn’t you rest with Me while the battle rages all around you? Why wouldn’t you allow Me to impart Myself to you to change you into the likeness of Jesus? Why wouldn’t you decide once and for all that you can really do nothing of yourself and submit to My abilities? To do anything else is foolish, time-consuming, fruitless, and exhausting. Come and rest from your battles, no matter what they are. I will give you victory as We fellowship.”
Exod. 14:13-14 AMP
13) Moses told the people, Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again.
14) The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.
Ps. 140:7 AMP
O God the Lord, the Strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle.
Phil. 2:12b-13 AMP
12b) …work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).
13) [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.
At one point in our lives, Merry and I had to face some incredible battles and personal failures. Some applied to our lives, and others concerned the sin of others. During those times, we had to determine who we really were, what the real battle was; and how it was to be won. Often, personal inabilities and agitating fears would hamstring any opportunities to see clearly.
Once, while engaged in a particular situation for what seemed like endless days, I found myself completely exhausted. I was overcome with manufactured imaginations and sleepless night scenarios. These lies, although they appeared as truth, were nothing more than lies. I knew it in my head, but I focused on them until I was overcome with fear and worry. My pleadings to my Father in heaven seemed to fall on deaf ears.
In my search for answers, the Lord led me to a comment by Charles G. Trumbull, which I now go to when worry sets in. He said, ”Worry is sin; a black murderous, God defying, Christ rejecting sin. It is a sin to worry about anything, any time, whatever. We will never know the victory over worry and anxiety until we begin to treat it as sin. For such it is. It is a deep seated distrust of the Father, who assures us again and again that even the falling sparrow is in His care.”
What the Lord was telling me was that my worry would be consumed in the presence of my Father, once I understood that my worry came from not really trusting Him. It was the sin of not believing completely in the work of the cross and the promise of the completed work in me. I was a hypocrite in my faithless prayers and empty words. The problem wasn’t the problem; it was the sin of my unbelief that God was after.
It is amazing to me how worry dissipates and problems are solved on the lap of my Father in heaven, trusting Him to accomplish what I can’t. There, He leads me to the understanding once again that the battles and my failures are His, and they are won by Him. My trust in that ability is foundational to every challenge I will face. To do anything less forces me to engage in battles that are not mine to fight, with weapons that are totally inadequate for me to win.
Needing to do it Your way, Lord,