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Letting Go of the Fight

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident. –Psalm 27:1-3

You may be like me–I have areas of immaturity, struggle, or lack of growth. I don’t like it, but it’s there. In the past, I often thought if I could just find the “one” key or revelation or whatever, that I would rise above it all…

Yeah, not so much. Everything has layers.

Confronting your past and the implications of things that have happened to you. Discerning your present circumstances. Understanding your own emotions along with God’s heart and will. It’s not a video game where you clear the level and move on, it’s a complicated process.

Last week, we had our spring Summit conference for our network of churches and we were remarkably visited with God’s presence. In one of the services, we were asked to respond to the message by standing and almost as soon as I did, the wave of “stuff to work on” flooded into my brain.

This time, however, instead of dwelling on it, Holy Spirit spoke to my heart at almost the same moment, “There’s too much fight left in you.”

Didn’t feel like a rebuke, just a loving observation. As is always the case, God had a point.

I began to see again how I try so hard to “better” myself. I push for personal growth. I work on the bad habits. I want out of the struggles. I, I, I…

Like the psalmist declared, “The Lord is the defense of my life, whom shall I dread?”

God never asked or intended you to try harder or fight longer. He invites you to trust in His perfect grace.

Even if war breaks out all around and you’re stuck in the middle, you can remain confident. It’s not confidence in your abilities or resources; it’s trusting in His.

Fighting in my strength doesn’t get me very far (sometimes I even lose ground), but I get duped into thinking I’m doing what I’m supposed to do. When the fight in me is submitted to Him, however, that opens up tremendous opportunity.

One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple. –Psalm 27:4

I love that this verse comes immediately after acknowledgement of enemies, adversaries, and war. It’s not when the battle’s won and everything is perfect that you get to behold His beauty, it’s right in the thick of every single day.

That “one thing” has to be so real and alive to you that no matter what happens or doesn’t happen, you find yourself completely engaged in His peace and presence.

How about you? You ever try/tried to fight through on your own strength? How do you stay connected to His peace and presence in the struggles?

6 Comments

  1. Sometimes, Jason, I feel like there is “too much fight” left in me, too. Thank you for reminding me here to surrender all to God.
    Blessings!

    • Always happy when what’s happening in my life helps others. 🙂 Thank you, Martha!

  2. I know that is why I get so weary in this walk of faith. Off comes my shield of faith and the darts get to me and I try to pull them out as quickly as they come in but there are too many. It seems we are worst enemy most of the time and not the devil which makes him happy that we give him credit for our own woes. Battling in the flesh instead of trusting is a flesh tool and one the world applauds. I say this often, the older I get the more I know the weaker I am. Always amazed how good surrendering feels and how light what ever I was fighter becomes. Great post brother…

    • Betty, you describe it perfectly. God has provided real protection and armor if we choose to trust Him, but we always have the choice. May we choose His best! Thanks Betty.

  3. Good one, Jason. Yes. Every time I try to take the reins, I find myself out from underneath His hand of protection… but He’s always there to pick us up.

    This reminded me of Isaiah 8:13 “He is the One you are to fear, He is the One you are to dread”.

    In other words, there is nothing gained in revering anything in His creation more than Him.

    • Hey Floyd! Yep, that’s the reality we need to live in. Thanks so much for your thoughts.

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