Feel like you are in a war? Well, you are…BUT GOD…

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Do you remember Elisha and Gehazi’s battle?

2 Kings 6 tells us that

…the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.” The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” 10 So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?”

You see Aram was clueless.

He thought that he was just fighting against ordinary people in ordinary circumstances. But you see when God has called out a people by His name and for His purpose, they cease to be ordinary and become extraordinary. Why? Because the God of Angel Armies is always by their side.

His people appeared to understand who and what they were up against. They responded

 

12 “None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.” 13 “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city. 2 Kings 6 NIV.

Obviously, this king did not believe any of the ANE stories about the God of Israel who fought for His people. Or maybe he thought that the God of Israel was like his gods. However, Gehazi was also experiencing a Crisis of faith.

15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. 

Elisha’s answer was “This is how we fight our battles!” Well, not quite, but he knew he was not in battle at all! He knew that the odds were against the king. So he told his servant.

16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

Scripture does not say why Elisha still had to pray for Gehazi to see what he already knew was there. 

17. And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, [faith is a gift from God – so is belief] and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Elisha knew how he was going to fight that battle. It did look like they were surrounded by the armies of King Aram but the reality was they were surrounded by God’s Angel Armies and chariots of fire! This was not even a fair war. The king was actually clueless. Just the actions of one angel alone and he would have been wiped out! 

Oh but that was just old testament stuff. That does not happen today! Yes, it does. What does it take? The same eyes that Gehazi did not have!  In Ephesians 6:10-20 (NKJVPaul reminded the Church at Ephesus of how they should be fighting their spiritual warfare battles.

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, [WHY?] that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.   [WHY?]12 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. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Say what? Are you kidding me? You want me to go to war? How?

  1. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, 

  2. having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 

  3. 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 

  4. 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 

  5. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 

  6. 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

  7. 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,[pray for your leaders that they may be bold in the faith speaking the truth of the Gospel.]

  8.  20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 

The biggest battles that Christians face today are relational ones. Horizontal relationships with work-mates, people in the store, people in the church, our children, and the piece de resistance – our mates. Of all those of those relational challenges which one do you think we bail on the fastest? Why is that? God has a solution for every single problem that we face in this world? A battle is a battle. He has never lost one and He will never lose one so tell me how are you fighting today? He has given us the spiritual and relational tool to help us with relationship challenges, but we would rather but a band-aid on it. Nope fight knowing that He has this and the battle is won! I guess I will speak on this topic until the Lord releases it from my spirit.

 

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True justice.

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…….comes only from the Lord!

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@Joyce EM Gerald

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