The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” ~ Exodus 14:14 (NIV)
Fighting for Our Lives
As our nation and world fights to gain control of the Covid-19 pandemic, it feels like we’re in a battle for our lives. Many lives have been lost and many more are still fighting for their lives in hospital beds and on ventilators.
We hear the news as the number of lives consumed by the crisis increase every day and fear raises its ugly head and runs rampart, gripping the hearts of many. Panic paralyzes the lives of many who live frozen in fear and under the crushing weight of worry and anxiety.
We are undoubtedly in a battle for our lives as the world fights to gain control of this deadly virus. Yet it seems like it’s out of our control.
More than a Physical Battle
We are not fighting an ordinary battle. It’s more than just a physical battle.
The bible tells us that “we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” ~ Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” ~ 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NIV)
While others may be wresting with worry and anxiety, hoarding food to last for months and bracing themselves for the worst, we fight this battle on our knees with the truth of God’s Word. Proclaiming the promises of God over our lives and the circumstances we face.
We entrust our lives to a God who is reliable, trustworthy and faithful to keep His Word (Hebrews 10:23). A God who is for us and not against us (Romans 8:31). Who is fighting for us (Exodus 14:14). And a very present help in time of trouble (Psalm 46:1).
Dressed for Battle
When soldiers go to war, they are armed and dressed in the armor for battle. You can’t win a battle you’re not properly armed for.
The same is true for the spiritual battle we’re in. We can’t fight without the proper armor, which is the armor of God.
“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” ~ Ephesians 6:10-11 (NLT)
“Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” ~ Ephesians 6:13-18 (NIV)
We fight spiritual battles with truth, righteousness, peace, faith, worship, prayer and the word of God.
God is Fighting for you
“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.” ~ 2 Chronicles 20:17 (NIV)
Friend, God is fighting for us. There’s nothing more reassuring than to know that the creator of the world is for us. Fighting to protect us from evil. He has never lost a battle, so victory is guaranteed.
We know the end of the story, no matter the circumstances we face. In Jesus, we win!
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Susan Egbe-Tanyi, MD is a board-certified family medicine physician. She is also the founder of Empowered Women Faith Club, where she writes to empower women to live confidently knowing who they are as daughters of God and encourages weary moms to find strength in God through the journey of motherhood. She is a wife, mother of three treasured kids, a passionate follower of Christ, lover of nature and a servant at heart. She practices medicine in North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and three children.