The Battle Is the Lord’s
This morning we look at the scripture on “How to wage a warfare against sins”, often disguised in the form of addictions.
Many believers struggle sometimes for years to battle the addiction of cigarettes. I was once such a sinner. Even when I was saved, I continued to smoke for a few months until the Lord delivered me. Just like others, I first waged a warfare against this addiction by my own strength and mind. I thought if I slowly reduced the smoking, I would soon quit. It was not to be. When I smoked less for a day of two, the next day my urge would be unbearable and I would go on to even smoke more to make up for this urge.
Just like what the Bible teaches, we have often to wait upon the Lord to allow Him to lead and show us how to win the battle. Esther too had a huge battle to fight but her uncle told her that unless she gathered boldness to seek help from the King, all the Jews would be killed and totally wiped out. So she agreed to pray and fast to gather the strength and boldness to approach the King. Likewise David waited upon the Lord to wage a warfare against Goliath and the Lord taught him how. Let’s read this great scripture “The battle belongs to the Lord in:-
“1 Samuel 17:
47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands”.
This promise is repeated in the Old Testament whenever the appointed kings needed help from God. Another scripture in Proverbs 21 says the same thing:-
30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD”.
And so we learn a lesson here that no strength, wisdom or power of ours can give us the victory over our weakness. We have to submit to the Lord and know that the battle is His and not ours