Currently, I have a love/hate relationship with the word “fighting”.
My kids fight selfishly all day long, the US is in turmoil because of the fighting going on between sects, and I long for my children to grow up in peace and safety.
All that being said, God is fighting for us! Let’s look at why we need to look to him as our deliverer.
The unrest and pain of this world are simply too much. God is fighting battles for us on a much higher level than we often give credit.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)
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Does the Bible Say God is fighting for us?
Yes, the Bible is full of verses that tell us God is fighting for us. He is fighting spiritual battles for us as well as helping us overcome the many internal and external battles we face.
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles. (Psalm 34:17)
Not only does God hear us, but He delivers us.
We have heard with our ears, O God,
Our fathers have told us,
The deeds You did in their days,
In days of old:
You drove out the nations with Your hand,
But them You planted;
You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out.
For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword,
Nor did their own arm save them;
But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance,
Because You favored them. (Psalm 44:1-3)
The Children of Israel conquered the Promised Land by God’s power, not their own.
The Battle is mine says the Lord
The story of Jehoshaphat is a great example of how God fights for us. The children of Judah are surrounded on all sides by a powerful army. Jehoshaphat goes straight to God confessing that they are not capable of fighting such an army. God replies.
And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. (2 Chronicles 20:15)
So often we fight battles that should be given to God. We struggle needlessly as God waits for us to trust Him.Is there a battle that you need God to fight right now? Don't do it alone!
Bible Verses about God fighting Our battles
And he shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’ (Deuteronomy 20:4)
Here we see physical battles. God defeating the heathen armies. What we must remember is that during those physical battles, there was a parallel battle going on in the spiritual.
No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord (Isaiah 54:17)
“no weapon formed against you shall prosper” Neither physical nor spiritual because we are children of God.
“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6)
Aren’t these verses amazing? How awesome is our God to stand and fight with us daily!
Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord. (Jeremiah 1:8)
Jeremiah had a tough job. His ministry spanned many years and his words were unpopular and hated by many. God did not simply command him to speak His words and then leave him alone. He walked beside him the entire time, fighting against those who hated Jeremiah.
God is fighting your battles!
Sometimes it is hard to remember that God is fighting our battles in the spiritual realm. Jesus has made us victorious over sin, defeating satan and giving all who believe the power to defeat him also.
We are more than conquerors through Jesus
God is fighting our battles through Jesus as he has overcome sin and death.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31-38)
So much inspiration in this passage. We are conquerors through him who loved us. Isn’t that beautiful?
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
God is fighting for us by pulling down strongholds and bringing us into obedience to Christ. I especially like this verse because it talks about bringing every thought into captivity. So often our greatest battle is in our minds.
How to let God fight your battles
So, how do we let God fight our battles? This comes in 3 steps:
- Accept that we are not able to fight on our own.
- Give it to God in prayer.
- Leave it with God and trust His word.
God is fighting for us. He did not set us upon this world and leave us here. He wishes for us to come to Him with humble hearts and ask for His help. By doing this we are expressing our faith and our trust. However, we must first admit that we cannot fight these battles on our own. We become too tired and overwhelmed, downtrodden, and exhausted when we rely only on our own strength.
The hardest step, in my opinion, is leaving it with God. So often I pray and surrender and then a few days later I’m worried and stressed all over again. I took my battle back from God. Leave your battle with Him. His solution may not look like yours and the outcome might not be what you are expecting, but God is fighting for you.
Are you ready to let God fight your battles? Are you prepared to step back and allow God to work in your life like never before? In such an insecure world, I’m abundantly thankful that God is fighting for us!