by Joanne Sher
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The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14
My shoulders are sagging, my arms aching, my knees buckling. So very, very tired.
The task before me is enormous. The result is far from sure. I have made but scant progress. The weight of this battle is heavy on my back; heavy on my mind; heavy on my heart.
But I must plod forward. It is the work I must do.
I lift my arm. It falls back to my side. I place my foot out. It falls to the ground once again. I crumble to the floor and weep.
I can't do it, Lord.
I wrinkle my brow. You KNOW, Father?
Yes, My child. I know you can't do it.
I lift my eyes and arm to the heavens. Then why have You put me in the middle of it?
Because, My child, while you cannot do it, I can. When you work on your own power, you work against Me. You must stop striving and let Me do the work. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.
Tears well in my eyes. Yes, Lord. You do it. I will be still. I will rest in You and allow Your power to accomplish what I cannot.
Good, My child. For that is the only way you will win this fight.
Yes, Lord. How I wish I had known this sooner.
So do I, My child. So do I.
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So beautiful. Thank you for reminding us to keep going, and that God is by our side.
Very nicely done! It reminds us that we are powerless on our own.
I'm very new to Faithwriters, and your comment on "KEEP ME 'TIL MORNING" was such a confirmation from the Lord when trying to decide what of the more than 40 yrs,. of writing to submit. I love your spirit. I love your faith, and determination to run with patience this race, that does not go to the swift or strong, but those that endure until the end." I've walked in difficult shoes like yours (widow at 28 w/4 kids) and one thing I know for certain--GOD CAN ONLY BE REAL, WHEN HE IS REAL IN US. YOUR CONTINUED STRENGTH & TRUST IN HIM, knowing THE BATTLE IS NOT OURS, IT'S THE LORD! You remain in my prayers.
You can't but WE can, is another way to look at this Exodus passage, because immediately after these words the Lord told them to stop praying and to start moving forward - an interesting thought since the Red Sea was ahead of them. Then follows the moment when Moses uses the full authority that God had given him, probably for the first time. He held up the rod of God and the waters divided. When we serve within the sphere of our anointing, we have the authority that comes from having God's favor in our life. I encourage you to consider your pen a rod of God. Use it to glorify Him. Use it within the sphere of influence that He has placed you in. Use it as someone whom God has called to serve Him and Who has work prepared before the foundations of the world for you to do. But, use it with the humility of one who knows that in the eternal scheme of things, "Without Me you can do nothing." Ephesians 2:10 says we are all God workmanship. You could say we are God's poem, because the word workmanship ('poeme'in the Greek)is where we get our word poem from. Be encouraged and keep writing for HIM. He will continue to keep writing you.
Love this piece. Wonderful testimony. Thanx for reading my piece "Shadow of Death". I'm looking forward to reading more of your stuff. I had a good friend who was a Christian Jew. God's chosen people excepting Christ. What a story! I want to hear more of your story & your views. thanx! ron kyker,
AMEN! Jesus is ALL.
Hi. This is like a masterpiece. Its so real. I can't even begin to describe how powerful this article is. Its like a monologue or a dramatic scene on stage. I will be reading more of your material. Thank you. Shari
Everyone seems to learn this lesson from God the hard way.
This sounds like me a couple of weeks ago and it is so true. When we are still the voice is even louder to be heard from Him. A very important revelation for all saints.
Beautiful! A very timely piece and reminder of how much peace we would enjoy when we turn our battles over to the Lord.
Oh how I wish I could learn to leave the fight up to God God Bless you for reminding me I can't do it on my own
First forgive me for not reading your work resently. I have been dealing with loss in my family and this article my Lord Jesus directed me to at this appropriate time. You have captured so divinely our need to give everything to Christ in every circumstance, Thank You.
So touching sis, brings a tear to the ol'eye.....thanks for the reminder.
I think I had this conversation before . . . God is always keeping an eye out on us and He will give us His strength and power to press on. In Him, Debby
This is a terrific illustration of just how helpless we really are to accomplish anything! Except we become as little children...they know how needy they are when left on their own. If we don't come to realize earlier in life that "apart from Me, ye can do nothing" and come to the end of self, the afflictions of age will certainly bring that message home, sooner or later, I think! Thank you, dear heart, for your powerful writing!
True, true, true... He waits patiently...
Thank you Joanne for this timely piece.You remind me that without the Lord,I can do nothing.It is good to be still and see the salvation of the Lord.Olawale
Joanne, it's as if you were in my prayer journal this morning. I really enjoy the conversation between you and Christ. Your article "The Fight" really made me pause and be still - to read slowly - to absorb and digest your words. Great job! Keep it up!. Judy
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