“You shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand you still, LORD…” [2 Chronicles 20:17]
I’m speaking now to those who are ‘going on with the Lord’ toward maturity. The battle is indeed the Lord’s, but He does require our involvement. The battleground within man’s soul is the field or ground where man must participate with the Holy Spirit, not for Salvation but for sanctification and purity. The battle for the soul is the Lord’s battle, but the enemy is very often the enemy within.
Agreement was made at Salvation that God would take full ownership – that’s His position. Yielding our own way is the process that we are involved in. How can we recognize the battle?
First, there is a loss of peace, just a slight unrest, and a sense of things not lining up. Like a summer breeze it gains momentum, agitation creates a storm and before you know it anger rails through unrelated circumstances. You have a ‘melt-down’.
This is not uncommon or wicked; it is simply human and can become a vortex to victory through an awesome acceptance of God’s great love and mercy. Innocence is transformed into purity by lying down of the self-life. The soul is not sanctified through pious words, but through battle in the soul. The once thought death of the ‘old man’ raises its ugly head and demands its own way, mercy brings conviction until the self lays down and yields in the face of such love. The battle lasts until reasoning gives way and submits to the truth. Paul said, “Reckon yourself dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ…” [Romans 6:11]. That is a thought process! God is in control, the battle already belongs to Him; He will determine the outcome the very second you… let go and let God be God!
Further reading: Psalm 24; Matthew 23:25-26; 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8; 5:23