The Battle is the LORD’s!

Then all this assembly shall know
that the Lord does not save with sword and spear;
for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.
~ 1 Samuel 17:47

After waking up this morning, I began to read through Psalm 103. I read this portion:

Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities, . . .

As sleepy and unfocused as I was, I thanked Him for being my God and being with me and mine. I blessed Him as I read through verse 3a. Then I go up and texted a friend about something that we had talked about yesterday, and went about my morning routine.

Several minutes later I began to feel faint. I didn’t know what was happening and struggled to keep from fainting. The fainting feeling became more dominant as I was brushing my teeth and continued through the morning. At first I thought, “Are my intestines putting pressure on the vagus nerve? Is it low blood sugar?” I couldn’t eat because I had just taken my digestive supplement and had to wait 45 minutes before I ate. Not only that, I had to make my stove-top bread from scratch and the chicken, too. Whatever the cause, the “pressure” to give in to a full faint was intensifying.

Cathy Clark, "God is Already There!" © 2015

Cathy Clark, “God is Already There!” © 2015

The chorus to a song I heard last Monday and Wednesday nights, came to mind, “I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God. I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God.” Round and round it went through my mind, so I listened to it; I believe it was the Lord’s way of preparing me for what was coming.

“What’s going on, Lord?” I asked. Then, the battle with fear began as “what if’s” slammed into my mind. But I prayed, “Lord Jesus, I don’t know what’s going on, but I know that You haven’t given me a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind, and I am not going to give in to it. I don’t want my body to dictate or define who I am.” I kept singing the chorus to the song “No Longer Slaves,” to keep my mind focused on the Lord.

I asked Noah to pray for me; when Don came in from the garage I told him I was feeling faint and he prayed for me. I asked the friend with whom I was texting to pray. Don told me to lie down on the sofa and helped me to it. Within moments of lying down, another friend texted me and I asked her to pray.

After about 3 minutes I had to get up. Within a couple of minutes, as I was sitting, I felt strength come into my body and the fainting weakness go away. I walked into the kitchen and began to make the bread, while strength kept coming in.

The end of this morning’s problem was this:  The Lord sustained me the entire 45 minutes before I was able to eat. He strengthened me. Not only did I make my bread and chicken (with Noah’s help), but I also made lunch for Don and Noah!

And even as I write, my Lord is showing me something else. The message that I was texting my friend about this morning (before the fainting episode started), had to do with prayer and intercession for a young woman who had tried to commit suicide. The fainting feeling had to do with spiritual warfare. It’s startling to realize that sometimes, when we go about our “business” for the Lord, especially through prayer for someone who doesn’t know Him and has almost died, that the enemy of our souls uses whatever means is at hand to change our focus and keep us from praying. Wow, was I side-swiped this morning! Thank goodness that we are His and He keeps us, especially when we’re in the dark about what’s going on! The battle does belong to the LORD!

This is my testimony of the Lord’s “lovingkindness and tender mercies,” and of Him keeping me “from destruction” this morning. I’m sharing with you the faithfulness of our Lord and His response to prayer, for He “heals all your diseases.”

Whatever it is that’s facing you today, turn to Him, call upon His name; He is faithful, He does hear, and He already has an answer for you. He’s just waiting for you to ask.

Join me in blessing Him:

Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Heavenly Father, I didn’t know what this morning was going to bring, but You did and You prepared me for it. You’re so good! I will bless You all the days of my life, both here on earth and when I am home with You. I cannot forget all Your benefits, nor that You forgive all my iniquities, and that You heal all my diseases. You do redeem my life from destruction, crown me with lovingkindness and tender mercies. You do satisfy my mouth with good things, and though I’m no longer young, Your strength flows through my body and soul and fortifies me.

Because of the good things that You bring to my life, this, too, is my song of thanksgiving and acknowledges You as my God:  Psalm 63:1-5,

O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
 Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.

O, the goodness You give to those who are Yours! Give glory to Yourself, O Lord; be glorified! In Jesus’ precious name, amen.


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