IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: HOLD YOUR PEACE!…THE LORD SHALL FIGHT YOUR BATTLES!
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace”.
We live in an age of outrage. Expressions of disappointment daily saturate our senses through news media, social media, and regular conversation. In our homes and workplaces, we hear the harsh words of complaint. On our computer (or television) screens and city streets, we witness shrill outcries of political agitations and unprecedented killings and violence here and there.
By nature, and by nurture, we have a cultural predilection toward outrage. The opening words of the second Psalm give poignant expression to the tenor of the world’s discourse. “Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing?” (Psalm 2:1). The church must present a stark antithesis to the uproar of the world. At the Psalmist’s direction, we must “worship the Lord with reverence and rejoice with trembling” (2:10). Our speech must eschew outrage and embrace peace.
“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he
will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no
more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. –Exodus 14:13-14
There is power in holding your peace. For the Christian, “holding your peace” is more than merely quieting down or “hushing up.” God calls His people to pair restraint with expressions of awe at God’s sovereign majesty. We are to replace outrage with joy at the goodness of God. Yes, this is easier said than done. Scripture bears witness to the burdens of physical deprivation (the Exodus), social ostracization (David, Elijah), and spiritual affliction (Paul) on mortal souls. Whatever our difficulties, we must cultivate self-control in holding our peace, relying on the Lord’s help.
He is Jehovah The man of war, God has never lost a battle, and He will never lose in Jesus name. He is the consuming fire, no one goes to battle with Him lives to tell the story.
As long as we are on the Lord’s side it is an error for us to lose or fail in this life. He says we will hold our peace whilst He fight for us, you do not need to defend yourself, you won’t need to lift a finger in this battle for He says I The Lord will fight for you and you shall have great and sweet victories in Jesus name.
What happens if we hold our peace? The church was never called to be silent. We are called to be the voice of God against whom the gates of hell cannot stand. We are called to be witnesses and beacons of light in a lost world.
Let me say at the outset; it’s a big mistake for anyone to attempt to fight a battle without God. When we get so independent that we think we can do everything on our own, we have just set ourselves up for a fall.
Sometimes God will fight the actual battle through you, other times He will simply tell you to hold your position and do absolutely nothing, and then He will move Himself to completely take out the attack coming against you. This is where God shows you how powerful and how awesome He really is when He moves into battle to personally protect you.
“Therefore understand today the Lord your God is He who goes before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and bring them down before you; so you shall drive them out and destroy them quickly, as the Lord has said to you.” (Deuteronomy 9:3)
Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” (2 Chronicles 32:7)
“… For I will contend with him who contends with you.” (Isaiah 49:25)
Really meditate and chew on these verses so they can get down deep into your mind and spirit. Believe what they are telling you. Our God is a mighty, powerful and awesome God – especially when you see Him go into major battle to protect one of His own
When you’re in peace, you’re in a position of power. When you’re upset, discouraged, offended, just the opposite, you won’t have the strength you need. Next time you’re tempted to be offended, recognize what’s happening, don’t take that vain. When someone says something derogatory, instead of trying to pay them back, ignore them, take a seat at the table God prepared. When you walk away from the Eliabs, the battles that don’t matter, you will come into your Goliath, opportunities that will thrust you ahead. I’m asking you to protect your peace. If you’ll do this, I believe and declare, you’re not only going to enjoy your life more, but God is going to take care of what’s coming against you, he’s going to vindicate you, promote you and take you to new levels of your destiny, in Jesus name.
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