Friday, November 1, 2019

Devotionals for the Heart: The Battle

The Battle Belongs to God
A devotional by Mirachelle Canada

“For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.” –Deuteronomy 20:4 (ESV)

One of the hardest things to do is watch someone going through battle.

Whether it’s a physical, emotional, or psychological one, the desire to fix or change a difficult situation for someone else comes from the core of our humanity, the place where God put compassion. The need to rescue someone can even keep us up at night.

I found myself in such a situation when a friend of mine was being bullied for something she didn’t do. I wanted to step in and defend her as I had knowledge of the situation her bullies didn’t, knowledge that proved her side, but she didn’t want it made public. She didn’t want to make it so easy for her bullies. I had to respect her wishes. All I could do was offer her my support and stand silently by as she battled alone.

I struggled in my inaction and lifted her up to the Lord. I asked Him to defend her and lead her out of her misery. I also enlisted my prayer group on her behalf as well.

As I sought the Lord regarding my frustration as a silent witness to injustice, He took the opportunity to humble and reminded me that all battles belong to Him.

Deuteronomy 20:4 (ESV) says, “For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”

In His Word (The Holy Bible), God gives His people a lot of instructions regarding battle, especially about trusting Him to bring us through it. He doesn’t promise us we will win, but that the victory belongs to Him. Victories are won to show God’s glory.

By surrendering my friend’s situation into the hands of the only One who could truly defend her, I was also believing for God to be victorious because I know He loves His children and tells us to as He says in Isaiah 41:10 (ESV), “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

By believing and interceding for my friend through prayer, God showed me I was not standing idly by, but that my prayers were covering my friend as He battled on her behalf.

I’m happy to say my friend made it through her battle and God restored her reputation as well. He sees and knows the things we cannot. His intent is to show us He will make something good out of something bad, and He will always be victorious for us.

Who can you pray for today that’s going through a battle? Lift them up today. They may just be one prayer away from victory at the hand of God.

Author Bio:

Mirachelle Canada is a writer, playwright, screenwriter and theatre director/producer from Northern Virginia. She teaches television production at C.D. Hylton Senior High School.

She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Script & Screenwriting from Regent University and is a member of Act One: Hollywood Film & Television Writing Program, American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), ACFW Virginia Chapter, The Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild, and Your Novel Blueprint.

Mirachelle is passionate about awakening creativity and the gifts of God in everyone. She is currently working on her first historical fiction novel set during WWII, inspired by her time studying theatre education in London, England.

In her spare time, she also writes and directs Christmas and Easter passion plays at Christ Chapel Assembly of God in Woodbridge, Va.

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  1. Thanks for the reminder Mirachelle that our prayers are always valuable. It's our natural reaction to want to protect and defend those we love but God is always able to do a far better job. Blessings to you & Alexis

  2. So glad to rejoice with you, Wanda, in the value of our prayers and the greatness of our God. He loves us so much and in every situation He is our best defense. I thank Him daily for that reminder and the courage to lay down my burdens at His feet. Blessings to you!


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