You shall not need to fight in this battle; take your positions, stand still, and see the deliverance of the Lord [Who is] with you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Fear not nor be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you. 2 Chronicles 20:17
We all go through different kind of struggles in life. Nobody is exempt from issues and difficulties, which we sometimes refer to as “the storms of life.” The good news is that when we confront challenges, God already knows what He will do. He has a strategy to help us win. According to Second Chronicles 20, we are not required to fight our own conflicts since they are the Lord’s and not ours. All that is required of us is that we take our positions and hold them until our breakthroughs occur.
What does that position entail? It is worship, in my opinion.
If we don’t have a strong faith in God, the first thing that happens once a storm enters our lives is that we lose our tranquility and start to feel fear. When Satan, our enemy, plants hypothetical scenarios in our minds, we frequently start to believe the worst-case scenario will occur.
We should be aware of what is happening as soon as this occurs: The enemy is attempting to prevent us from moving forward in God’s will and experiencing His beneficial plans for our life. God desires for us to be completely fearless. He doesn’t want us to suffer, and He doesn’t want fear to keep us from following His instructions with confidence.
Knowing God’s perfect, unwavering love for us on a deep level helps us to recognize that He will always take care of our needs. Eventually, such awareness frees us from fear. As we get to know God and realize that He constantly looks out for us and provides for our needs, we start to unwind.
While true (total, perfect) love drives fear outside and eliminates all traces of anxiety, it does not exist in love. Because the concept of punishment is associated with fear, a person who is fearful has not yet fully developed their love. They have not yet reached the full perfection of love. 1 John 4:18
When we concentrate on Him rather than our fears, God intervenes on our behalf.
Fearful thoughts or sentiments are merely the enemy’s attempt to draw our attention away from God and His plan for our life. At certain points in our lives, we may experience fear, but we can rely on God. And even when we are afraid, we can still act if we need to.
God started teaching me this “do it afraid” philosophy years ago. I realized that when God advised Joshua to “fear not” (see Joshua 8:1), He was actually cautioning him against allowing fear to hold him back from pursuing God’s plan for his life. Rather than allowing fear to rule him, he needed to be strong and courageous and to keep pushing forward. In order to taste the triumph of carrying out God’s plan and take advantage of what God had for him, he needed to fight and triumph over his fear.
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one that is full of power, love, and a sound mind instead. NKJV 2 Timothy 1:7
The first thing we should do when we experience fear or start to have fearful thoughts is to pray. Pray for anything and have no fear, I frequently advise. We should commit to seeking God until we are certain that we have emotionally and mentally conquered our concerns. We are turning our attention away from our fears as we pursue God. We honor Him for Who He Is and thank Him for all the good He has done, is doing, and will do in the future.
God has wonderful things in store for us, including fresh opportunities. We’ll have to exercise more trust to receive them. This frequently entails acting in ways we don’t particularly want to or even believe to be effective. Our faith and awe in God must be bigger than our thoughts, desires, or emotions.
The enemy sends us through a variety of storms. He also tries to prevent us from experiencing all that God has in store for us by using fear in a variety of forms. Even though we could experience dread, we must keep our eyes fixed on God. He will give us the bravery and trust we need to accept the peace, victory, and blessings He has in store for us. He has a battle plan for us.
We shall witness God fight our battles for us and experience joyful victories if our lives are abundant with thanksgiving for God’s powerful deeds and worship for Who God is.