Waking up one morning to the sound of extreme winds outside, I laid in bed debating on whether I wanted to fight with the wind and go for a run or just sleep a little longer and try for later. Eventually I decided to take some previous advice from my fellow runners and try for at least a couple miles. If I decided to stop and turn around, which rarely happens, than at least I wouldn’t regret it later because I at least tried.
As soon as I stepped out the front door I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy workout. I quickly shot up a prayer asking God for mental strength because I knew I would need it.
I began running directly into the wind and this mantra popped into my head,
Subconsciously I repeated this phrase for the next 30 minutes and the effects it had on me was shocking.
It totally changed my perspective and made the 20+ mph headwind quite tolerable. I even considering that this was actually one of the best workouts I had had in awhile.
And I’m sure you can imagine the sheer joy when I turned around and that headwind became a grand tailwind! What had had my full attention for the last half hour nearly seemed to disappear; except for the fact that now it was pushing me into a faster pace with the same level of effort.
But with this change of direction it caused something unexpected to happen. That joy only lasted for a couple minutes until I realized it was actually kind of chilly, my feet and quads hurt and I wanted to be done. I wasn’t having fun anymore.
I recorded a podcast on what God taught me during this run if you want to check it out. But if you are short on time and don’t want to hear what God taught me on the remainder of that run, then you can skip to the 5 steps below that I have been using to let God fight my battles.
5 Steps to Letting God Fight Your Problems
- We must realize that our mind is like a garden. Our thoughts are like seeds. Whatever we focus our attention on is like planting seeds in a garden. We must take those thoughts to God and plant only the good seeds.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”Galatians 6:7
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”2 Corinthians 10:5
- The only way to deal with our thoughts the right way is to “Don’t Fight It.” If we fight our flesh with our flesh we are sure to fail.
“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”Galatians 5:17
- Realize that the battle belongs to the Lord. The Spirit is the only one who can win against the flesh. Mantras may work, but only if God is behind it. Just as David fought in the name of the Lord, so must we submit to God and live in the Spirit.
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”Galatians 5:16
“Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into min hand…and all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.”1 Samuel 17:45-47
- Feeling loved and cared for by God is going to be very important in creating a relationship with Him. Having an intimate relationship with God is the only way you are going to feel safe in sharing your heart and surrendering to Him so He can fight your battles.
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon Him: for He careth for you.”1 Peter 5:6-7
- Choose to let God fight your battle. The best way I have learned to do this is to follow the steps above: 1) Acknowledge I have the problem, 2) Don’t fight it, 3) Tell God all about the problem and my desire to do what is right, and 4) Leave it at the cross and focus on Him.
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”Psalm 55:22
“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:”2 Peter 2:9
Though I am still working on surrendering a few problems to God, the ones that I have given over to Him so He can fight for me has truly been a lot of fun to, in a sense, sit back and watch Him work. He has taken care of those areas with such gentleness and kindness, that it makes me wonder why I have such a hard time giving Him everything.
If you haven’t tried it before, I challenge you to give one thing to God and see what He does with it, you may just be surprised!
And if you happen to apply these steps, please let me know how they work for you.
I love you all, Happy Running!