“The Lord says this to you: Be not afraid or dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 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. Fear not nor be dismayed for the Lord is with you.”
II Chronicles 20: 15 & 17 AMP
What God tells Jehoshaphat in these passages, and what He would remind us of today; “The battle is not yours, it’s Mine. We don’t have to fight in it. Let Me solve it.” Jehoshaphat faced a multitude of enemies. But instead of focusing on what he could do, he ‘set his eyes upon God.’ Jehoshaphat came to a place where he believed God and His Word. He was able to enter into rest because of his trust and faith in God. God has done all the work through Jesus Christ.
II Chronicles 20:15 and 17 are promises we can hold on to when going through difficult circumstances that seem out of control and overwhelming. Satan brings storms into our lives. Unless we have faith in God, anytime a storm comes into our lives we can lose our peace and begin to feel fear. Satan injects ‘what if’ thoughts into our minds. We might begin to think we will have the worst possible outcome. When this happens, we should realize Satan is trying to keep us from experiencing God’s promises. The longer we permit feelings of fear to rule, the stronger they become.
Fear does not come from God (II Timothy 1:7). Fear is one of the most powerful emotions we may experience. It is real and it can be very strong. Fear is a clingy, creative devil that seeks to protect our false pride. It destroys perception, creates confusion, predicts, controls and repels the peace of God. Fear prevents us from being in God’s will. It torments, makes us sick, undermines our faith, prevents progress and enjoyment in life. Fear attempts to create situations to prove how right our fears are.
Fear is a result of not trusting God. It occurs when we face a situation and choose to rely upon our thoughts and emotions and our own abilities. Even though we may feel fear, we need to focus on God. The battle is not the circumstance of our lives. The battleground of the enemy is in our mind and emotions.
Confrontation is necessary to be free from fear. We can feel afraid, yet we can make the choice to walk boldly. When we boldly confront fear, it will flee, either gradually or swiftly, but it will go away. No matter what the fear is, God’s Word says we are not to let our hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid for He is always with us (Isaiah 41:10, John 14:27).
God cares for us affectionately. He does not want us to be fearful. God does not ask us to do something we cannot do. He wouldn’t tell us not to be fearful if it were not possible to be free of fear. I Peter 5:7 tells us to cast our cares upon Him (Jesus). It is difficult to get prayers answered when we hold on to our cares and fears. But, if we turn our cares over to the Lord, He will work on our behalf.
Our responsibility is to trust and obey God, confident that His grace will carry us (Philippians 1:6). Nothing happens in the universe that is outside of God’s influence and authority. He has no limitations. True peace comes from knowing God is in control. When we surrender control of fear to God, there is power. Choose to close the door on fear and live in the freedom that God promises. Trusting in God wholeheartedly is the kind of faith that leads us into living lives of freedom. When we believe, trust and give thanks to God for everything He provides, we have victory that is overwhelming, incredible and awesome.
The key to living a victorious life is ‘through Him’. We have the assurance that whatever situation comes, we will overcome through Christ. We live with confidence that God loves us no matter what and He will never leave us nor forsake us (Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5, Joshua 1:5). When we have this kind of relationship with Christ, we do not fear bad news or unexpected circumstances. As we learn to rely on His strength, we can live from strength to strength instead of weakness to weakness.
God has promised to enable us and to be our helper. When Jesus died on the cross, sin was crucified. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, our life of victory is guaranteed (Hebrews 2:14-16). As children of God, we are more than conquerors through His grace who loves us through difficulties, trials and distress (Romans 8:37). As we emerge victoriously through the battle, we are stronger after than we were before!
Fear is: F-false E-evidence A-appearing R-real