Fight For Your Family: A Battle Cry

You may be feeling like the enemy is winning, like you’re completely surrounded by opposition, and like the attack on your family and home will destroy it, but don’t give up.  

“Don’t be afraid of them!  Remember that the Lord is great and awesome!  Fight for your families, for your sons and daughters, your (spouse), and your houses!”  

Nehemiah 4:14b

Fight, but know that you aren’t fighting alone.  God has placed people in your life to fight with you and for you.  Call on those people.  Sound the battle cry and gather them.  Ask them to pick up the weapons of prayer, scripture, and community to fight on your behalf.

Think about you friends, church family, and loved ones.  Which ones are faith warriors?  Ask them to pray for you when you can’t find the words.  Ask them to hold you up and encourage you with scripture when you feel weak and defeated.  Call on them to gather around you and your family to protect you while you’re in a battle.

You don’t have to fight alone.  Rally your faith warriors, but also know that God is fighting for you, as well.  No battle is too big for Him.  No enemy is too strong for Him.  No attack is too heated for Him.

He is for you.  He is for your family.  He is for your home.  He is a mighty warrior who can save.

Keep on keeping on, even as the battle rages around you.  Work.  Fight for your family.  Pick up your weapons of faith and ask your people to do the same.  Know that God is fighting with you.

Inspired by Nehemiah 4:13-21 NIV

“Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows.  After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them.  Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”

When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work.

From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor.  The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah who were building the wall.  Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked.  But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.

Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall.  Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!””

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