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I have always been intrigued by battle or war in the Bible. We struggle to be the peace-makers, the lovers and the graceful agents of God that we are supposed to be — and yet, there is war in the Bible. Is God saying that killing is good? Are some folk supposed to lose and others win? Or is the actual battleground the struggles and the fights and the wars that we have within our own consciousness? So the question becomes – not who are the chosen few – but are we supposed to learn about battle from a metaphysical perspective?
God tells Moses in Numbers 10:9 “When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the LORD your God and rescued from your enemies.” But how do we sound a blast on our trumpets when trouble is near? We remember God; we tap into and turn on the deliverance in which we live and move and have our being.
When David prepares to fight Goliath, he tells the Philistines “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands” (1 Samuel 17:47). But how do we put down our sword or spear when the enemy appears so much bigger than we are – and what we have at our disposal seems paltry and insignificant compared to the battle that we must fight?
We remember that there is a power, there is a force, there is an energy penetrating all things – there is a universe, a source, an army that is much greater in the Spirit than we could even imagine in the flesh — and we remember that the battle is not ours, it is God’s.
Isaiah says “The LORD will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies” (Isaiah 42:13) But how do we remember that no matter what we face – we don’t have to worry about being victorious – because God has our back? We stop worrying about what is before us and we know deep within that no matter what people may do or how dire the situation may appear – that the champion, the warrior, the victory is on our side – and here’s the thing – it’s not coming tomorrow, and it didn’t leave yesterday – VICTORY IS HERE RIGHT NOW!
Somebody in the flesh is messing with you? You trying to shine your light and be your best but something in the physical is trying to set you back? Well take a look at Second Samuel 8:5-6, it says: “When the [people] of Damascus came to help [the] king of Zobah, David struck down twenty-two thousand of them. Every last one of those soliders trying to defeat him became his subject.” The Bible says they “brought tribute”, which means not only did he win but the victory paid off in lasting dividends. This is what says: it says “The LORD gave David victory wherever he went.” The lesson is not that he killed thousands of men – but these men represent his own adverse thoughts; what these means is that he overcame the consciousness that was holding him back – that was keeping him from being the best person that he could be.
We are victorious when we are better than we used to be. We are victorious when we can move beyond our stuff, when we finally attract what we want in life, when we are finally doing what we want to do. And here’s the thing, when we have clarity about our desires, our dreams, our visions, our goals – the Universe conspires to manifest them.
Look at what the Prophet Elisha told the king to do 2 Kings: 13. It says that Elisha was on his own death bed, but God used him to tell the King to “Get a bow and some arrows,” and the Bible says that when the King did – Elisha said “Take the bow in your hands, open the east window, and “Shoot!” The Bible calls this arrow the arrow of victory. Even when we don’t believe that we can do what is necessary to be victorious, God send the prophets to guide our hands, God sends the angels that we need, God sends the agents with arrows of victory – that are perfect shots. The only thing that stands in the way of our victory is our continuous doubt – our second-guessing of God – those are the only troops that line up before us.
In the Book of Matthew, it describes our beloved Jesus as a bruised reed that will not break, a smoldering wick that will not snuff out — till he has brought justice through to victory. He teaches us that we triumph in a state of poise – realizing that God’s Spirit lives is us – and our divine connection to Spirit allows us to think like God. And why not? Imagine what we could do and be and form and mold and shape when we allow ourselves to think like the God in us.
In God is a Brown Girl Too, Victory speaks, she says: I AM THE TIME BEFORE, THE WAS THEN, THE BEGINNING NOW. I AM THE BREATH-FILLED SPACE, THE LIGHT-FILLED HAND, THE LOVE-FILLED HEART, THE JOY-FILLED DANCE.
PRAYERS CALL TO ME, AND I ANOINT BELIEVERS WITH THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR AND THE MIRACLES OF THINGS UNSEEN.
WHEN EVERYONE IS LOOKING FOR GOD, AS SOMETHING MORE EXTRAORDINARY THAN THEMSELVES, THEY WILL MISS ME — EVEN THOUGH I AM HERE. Who am I? They call me Victory. Where am I? I live wherever you shine your light. Victory says: If you are waiting by the healing pool for someone to lift you in; if you are reaching to touch the garment of wholeness; if you are weary in the race and cannot go any further; if you are down in the valley and need some lifting up, then all you have to do is call my name. I AM greater than you could imagine. I am closer to you than hands and feet, closer to you than the air that you breathe and the space that you take up. Victory is MY name, and you — made in the image and likeness of God — are all that I AM. If you are looking for God, if you are looking for freedom, if you are looking for prosperity — all you have to do is look within. And there you will find me.
I AM the ground upon which you stand, more than the economy, richer than a stimulus, better than a job. I am the divine surplus — always giving, always forming, always molding, always shaping, always rewarding, always liberating.
If you have forgotten me, re-discover who you are, taste the wisdom of your highest self, push past your self-imposed battleground, leave the war zone of your own mind.
What are we waiting for? We are the victory.
In the 20th Psalm, the Psalmist says 6 Now this I know: The LORD gives victory to his anointed. The 44th Psalm says: 6 I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; 7 but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame. Give us aid against the enemy, the Psalmist says in the 60th Psalm, “for human help is worthless. With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.
So what are we waiting for? Nothing can beat God – nothing!! Proverbs 21 says: 30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against SPIRIT. 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with GOD.
As John reminds us in 1st John 4, the victory that overcomes the world is our faith.
All we have to do is have faith – and let God do all the rest.
I don’t know about you but that’s a victory that I’ll take.
Copyrighted 2011 by Cecilia B. Loving
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