The Battle Is Not Yours Its God’s Own
This sermon was brought to us by Tope Ezobi. It is followed on from Pastor Osien’s message last week of ‘Don’t Fight Other Peoples Battles’ but taken from a different angle. We read the story of how Joseph interpreted Pharaohs dream in Genesis 41:1-16 NIV and Genesis 41:37-44.
We all face different battles in life, sometimes it’s a battle with others, and other times it’s a battle with yourself. This battle with yourself could be a battle for you life, your salvation, your dreams, your destiny, or the things that God has placed in your heart. This is a tough situation to be in.
We all know the story of Joseph who was sold by his brothers to be a slave in Egypt. Joseph faced many problems and went through different stages in his life. He was hated by his brothers, displaced from home and separated from his family, he was put in a pit, he was pronounced dead, sold to slavery, lied against, and finally he was thrown into prison. You may be able to relate to these different stages in your own life, whether it’s in the pit or if you are despised by those around you, but ultimately it is a battle you face in your life.
It is easy to become short sighted by these circumstances, because what we tend to do, is focus on our battles. Know that there is more to life than what you are facing now, and there is more outside of your circumstance. Sometimes we make things bigger than they actually are. Its good to step out of your situation and look at it for what it is, and to remember what God has done for you in the past. His grace see’s you everyday. You are alive and there is always something to live for as the Bible says “There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” (Proverbs 23:18). This is also a strategy of the devil, to make you short sighted to your circumstance and the battle you are fighting in the present so that you will lose sight of the things God had done and what He is going to do.
Imagine this, Richard Branson the billionaire, calls you up today and tells you to meet him in the town centre because he has a job for you that will pay £1,000,000. You agree to this and hang up the phone. On you’re way to see Mr Branson you bump into a friend who invites you for some ice cream because it’s a hot day. What would you say to this friend? This analogy is to show that sometimes we dwell in this place of, ‘actually I’m hungry’ or ‘today is too hot’ or ‘I have not seen my friend in a long time…’ etc., thus is distracting us from the huge price and dream job that is ahead of you.
In the same way, God had laid up a treasure for you and a destiny that cannot be touched that is far beyond what you are currently going through. The Devil is trying to distract you from that place, he may not know what God has in store for you but he has a perception of the promise God has given you. This is why you are going through what you are going through and this is where Joseph found himself as well.
If you know that God is alive, then that is your hope. Colossians 1:17 says “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together”, lift your head up and look outside of your circumstance. No matter how scattered your life may seem, if God is still alive then He holds everything.
Your situation may be bigger or your adversary may be stronger than you, but it is not about the power that you have, it is about the power of God. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13) if Christ is in you, then there is hope. There is a reason why you are still alive. God knows you and what you are going through, He will fight your battle for you.
The bigger the battle, the bigger your destiny. If you are going through a big battle then it’s a testament to what God has in store for you. When David saw Goliath he was not discouraged but rather, he saw it as another challenge and a chance for God to show Himself strong. If you step up to the challenge it is not going to be you who is fighting, especially if God is the one who gave you that dream.
Once you discover the dream that God has given you then there is a reason for you to keep going. This is what kept Joseph. We need to seek out and find the purpose that God has for us. God has given us access to His presence through prayer so we just need to ask Him what is ahead of us. You might be going through a battle now; this should indicate to you that the enemy is trying to prevent you from reaching something great ahead of you.
God will take care of you, but there are also things that we need to do in partnership with God. Joseph was diligent and faithful; he didn’t stop believing in God and he kept on working hard. For some of you may have hit a roadblock, you feel there is no hope and you want to quit. But like Joseph we need to remain diligent and faithful; keep on moving. So long as you are alive and God is on the throne then there is still hope for you. Don’t be discouraged or dismayed no matter how tough things are, God uses the impossible to bring about the possible. God honours you when you are still good despite what you are going through. There are others who lose their righteousness when they are going through tough times. You must remain good and faithful in any condition you find yourself in. Joseph maintained his dignity and righteousness. He was diligent and kept on praying and being good.
Joseph was also prepared. He had shaved and got dressed to meet with Pharaoh. This teaches us to always be ready for a call to a higher level. The butler whose dream Joseph had interpreted said to him to remember him when he goes. This was 2 years before Joseph was called. So God will never forget you and He will cause people to remember you at the right time. He will set up situations that will cause a remembrance. God’s timing is the best. The butler remembered Joseph at a time where there was a need and it was the right time. Joseph was ready and had exercised his gift so he could use it when he was taken to the higher level.
The battle is not yours it is God’s. Like it was for Joseph, God will take you to a place where even your brother’s will not recognise you. Those who hate you would not be able to tell it is you. Just keep pressing on and let God take you to where you need to go.
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