In our final week of This Is How I Fight My Battles, we have guest author, Ayomide (Ayo) Mustapha joining us. She is going to close us out with some encouragement and exhortation.
One thing we are sure to experience in every battle is fatigue. Fatigue is defined as extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion. It’s quite a normal part of the human experience. For example, when we (y’all) work out, our bodies get tired. When we study or do work all day, our brains get tired. But when we engage in battle, particularly the spiritual battle we’re in, everything gets tired. Our minds, burdened by the constant warding off of the enemy’s lies and deceptions, become tired. Our hearts—tender and heavy from every loss, every hard conversation and every gap stood in, become tired. Our bodies, though engaged in spiritual battle, physically feel the fullness of the fight through every weep, every meal turned down, every night watch, and every sleepless night. And just like our hearts and minds, our bodies, too, become tired.
But much like sleep and a good stretch heals the body after a long workout, and a quick episode (or five) of Gossip Girl heals the fatigue of a mind engaged in thinking all day, the Word of God is the antidote to our soul’s exhaustion.
7 The Law of the Lord is perfect (flawless), restoring and refreshing the soul;The statutes of the Lord are reliable and trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right; bringing joy to the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes… 11 Moreover, by them your servant is warned [reminded, illuminated, and instructed}.Psalm 19: 7, 8, & 11 AMP
I love the way the Amplified Bible version wrote this passage from Psalm 19. I feel like it speaks to everything that could possibly make us grow weary in battle. First of all, it says that the word of God refreshes and restores our souls—meaning that when we grow weary in our fight, the Word is SURE to revive us. But how does it do that? Besides the fact that it’s PERFECT, this passage also says that it does at least these four things:
Makes the simple (unintelligent) person wise
This reminds me of Acts 4:13. Boom: Peter and John were arrested for teaching some people about Jesus and for healing a man in chapter 3 (great story, check it out). Then they were brought before Jewish elders and officials who kept asking them by what power they performed such miracles. Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit (as he should), boldly declared that it was by the name of Jesus Christ, the rejected stone, the one that they crucified, that he and John did those things. He said a lot more, but this is a paraphrase. The next part is where I’m going: Verse 13 says that when the Jewish elders and rulers had seen how bold and confident Peter and John were, being “uneducated, untrained, ordinary” men, they were astounded and recognized that they had been with Jesus.
You should be shouting by now.
How much of our fatigue in battle comes from our struggle with feeling unqualified, untrained, and unprepared? According to Psalm 19:7, the Word is a cure for that 😉 He will take YOU—unqualified, unprepared, untrained, uneducated, inexperienced—and make you WISE. Period.
Enlightens the Eyes
*sigh* This one’s a goodie. In Ephesians 1:18 Paul prays for the Ephesians that the eyes of their hearts would be enlightened “so that they may understand the confident hope He has given to those he called.” Meaning that before the enlightenment, they would not know or understand this. This says to me that there is a revelation and hope that fatigue in battle comes to rob us of. When we become tired, we lose our focus and the reason why we were fighting in the first place doesn’t seem worth it anymore. But the light of the Word comes to remind us of who God is, who we are in Him, and the hope and purpose He has called us to. It removes the scales, it illuminates what is hidden and buried, taking away the lies and scales intended to conceal the Truth. Wonderful.
Brings Joy to the Heart
You’re in a battle that they say is fixed for your victory, but it feels like you’re losing. You’re discouraged, disappointed, grieving, and confused. You obeyed but it hurts. You seek Him every day, but you don’t feel anything and are tired of showing up. All these things and more weigh down on our hearts as we war. But the Word of God combats this by rushing our hearts with joy. Where fatigue from these things might have caused us to give up, the Word of God uplifts our hearts so we can keep fighting AND have joy while doing it.
There are a ton of weapons we can all give to help fight this battle we’re in. But in order to use any of them, we need to be determined, knowing that a time of fatigue will come but that giving up is not an option. These days, I find myself relating with so much written above, but I’m determined to pick up my sword which is the Word of God. So, this is how I’m currently (trying) to fight my battles. I pray you find strength to pick yours up too.
Thank you to all the guest authors for your willingness to contribute to this series that the Lord placed on my heart. Thank you for your vulnerability, wisdom, and compassion. Last, but not least, thank you to everyone that is a part of the ChiStyles community! You all, new & old, have rocked with me for almost 2 years now and I do not take that for granted. I will be more consistent with your commitment. Stay tuned for more content and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @chi__styles. Have a blessed week on purpose!