A battle is when you are feeling hard pressed from every side. Maybe your bills have piled up and you have no idea how they are going to get paid. Or your marriage keeps suffering setback after setback, and it seems that there is no or little help for full restoration. Perhaps the battle is failing health.
Regardless of what your battle may be, there are three things I encourage you to do while going through any battle.
First: Keep your eyes on the Lord
Hebrews 12:2 says it this way: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
While in the midst of a battle, what we see and what we fix our eyes on many times dictates our attitude and mental health.
If your eyes are more closely focused on the circumstances or the enemy, then it is going to be a long, costly war, perhaps taking out casualties on the way.
However, if we keep our eyes affixed on the Lord, as Hebrews says to do, then we will experience peace in the midst of the storm. We will experience unbelievable, supernatural, unmerited breakthrough.
Second: Do not give up
This is where so many people fall short. People give up on the marriages, dreams, family, children, education, businesses, careers, church and even God. Through the years, I have seen so many give up in the midst of the battle.
We have to realize that it is during this time — in the battle — that we are being shaped and molded to be who God wants us to be.
Philippians 3:14 says it this way: “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
We have to purpose in our heart that if we fall seven times, we must be willing to stand up eight times.
Don’t you quit on God. Don’t you quit on your loved ones. Keep your eyes on the prize and move forward
Third: Realize the battle is not ours but the Lord’s
2 Chronicles 20:15 says, “He said: ‘Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.…”’”
Simply turn over the battle to the Lord. Do not fear or be dismayed; tell him that it is too big for you to handle and give your battle to him and watch what he does.
The Rev. Gilbert Ybarra is minister of The River of Life Christian Fellowship. Sermon Notes is a column by local religious leaders.