One of my favorite songs we sing at church says, “This Is How I Fight My Battles.” I love the second part of this song: “It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You.” What actually may look like a battle that you are about to lose is actually a safe place where God’s mighty power and His protection causes you to not be in a dangerous place at all. In fact, you’re in a safe place surrounded by the God who is more than enough in every situation. Our enemy, the devil, wants to get us to think the battle is ours to fight when Jesus has already won the victory for us.

In 2 Chronicles 20:15-17, it tells the account of when God spoke to King Jehoshaphat through Jahaziel the Profit. He said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. … You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you” (NKJV).

King Jehoshaphat received the word of the Lord and acted upon it in faith. He put the band in front of the army and the saints and comrades went forth in praise and just like God said. He fought for them and handed them the victory. I believe as we prepare our hearts for what Jesus wants to do in us at conference, it all starts in praise. Praise for what He wants to do in us, praise for the work He has started, and praise for what He will finish in us. God has us surrounded with His care and protection, He wants us to not fight in our own strength but to walk in what He has provided for us. To not be afraid or live in fear or dismay but to walk in the victory He’s provided by what Jesus did on the cross for us. Where have you been fighting in your own strength rather than in the strength of praise?

My prayer for you is that you’ll find a new place of rest and praise and let God fight for you in all things so that you may have the victory that He has provided because He loves you just that much.

Jim Wideman
Executive Pastor - Families, Kids & Volunteers