As I was reading my daily scripture one day, God lead me to Jeremiah 49:14 which states, “I have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent unto the heathen, saying, Gather ye together, and come against her, and rise up to the battle.” When I read this word from the Lord, it’s almost as if everywhere the enemy was working in my life no longer mattered because I received this word with my whole heart. Chaos was around me in every form.
However, years ago, God created a Prophet named Jeremiah who prophesied a word to the Edomites. This same word spoke to my spirit which simply said “rise up to the battle.”
As I began to study deeper, I began to understand how to apply this word to my life. We rise in a few situations. When a judge enters the courtroom or the Man of God is preparing to read from the Word of God, we are asked to rise. This is to give reverence to what is occurring at that time. However, this rise refers to you reminding the enemy that you are present. Not only are you present, but you are prepared to win.
Jeremiah is prophesying of what is to come against Edom. In doing so, he tells them the road ahead is going to be rocky. Therefore, they must prepare for battle. Anyone on the Lord’s side must prepare for battle.
It is a battle when you teach your children to love the Lord and they fall in love with drugs and fornication. It is a battle when your spouse does not listen to you. It is a battle when no one on your job likes you and you’re constantly wondering which co-worker will try to destroy your job today.
It is a battle when church people taunt you all because you are working the gifts God gave you and they’re not. It’s a battle when you have bills to pay and no money to pay them. Life is a battle. Sometimes we want to fight our way through. Other times, we tell God “I think I’ll take a rain check on this one.”
Despite how we feel, we must be willing to stand firm in our faith being ready and willing to rise up to the battle at all times. If we give the enemy any legroom; he will assume you’re giving him permission to destruct in every area of your life.
Rising up to the battle tells us to step up instead of allowing the enemy to overpower us in the midst of our circumstances. We often engage in the saying “the battle is not mine, it’s the Lord’s.” This is a very true statement. However, we must approach the situation in preparation for a fight as well.
Our fight is different from Gods fight. Our fight involves giving the situation to God and standing firm in our faith knowing the battle is already won. God already knows the end result. He knows how he will win. He just needs to know if you are willing to prepare for and withstand the fight. The whole armor of God is your salvation, the word of God, and prayer (Ephesians 6:17-18). Are you willing to put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand the tricks of the enemy (Ephesians 6:11)?
How to rise up to the battle
In rising up to the battle, we must first be able to hear from the Lord. Jeremiah could only share the word he received from God with Edom because he knew the voice of God. So many Christians do not hear from the Holy Spirit of God. If we do not hear from the Holy Spirit, who is our guide? It’s nothing like receiving a word from the Lord yourself. God would prefer to speak directly to you.
How nice would it be to be sick in your body and the Request personal prophetic word Holy Spirit speaks a word to you which eliminates all fear and doubt. You can have that. If you do not hear from the Holy Spirit, spend time in fasting and prayer out of request to hear from the Holy Spirit. It is never that the Holy Spirit isn’t speaking. Many times, he’s speaking and we can not hear what he is saying because we are hearing from everyone else and have not submitted ourselves enough to hear what thus says the Lord.
Next, develop your army. Jeremiah says, “gather ye together.” Many times we are not in the fight alone. If others are involved, gather all together and pray. Spend time professing God’s word. With Jesus being your rock, one can chase a thousand, and two can put ten thousand to flight (Deuteronomy 32:30-31). If it is an individual battle, go into your secret closet, you still won’t be alone. The angels will be with you as you are battling in the spirit.
Thirdly, know who you’re fighting against. Jeremiah says to “come against her.” God sends Jeremiah to speak this prophetic word to the Edomites to warn them for the destruction ahead. God was displeased with the pride in their hearts. Therefore, Edom was preparing to become desolate. Edom’s prideful heart was soon to become like the heart of a woman giving birth (Jeremiah 49:22). “Her” is therefore referring to the upcoming destruction for Edom.
The battle Edom was preparing to face was a result of their sin. Sometimes we battle as a result of our sin and other times, it is because God is using the battle for our spiritual maturity. Whatever the reason, you have a battle ahead and must identify the true enemy.
Edom’s enemy was the evil in their heart. In your life, you have several enemies, but the ultimate enemy is the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). We must remember the process. The devil plants a seed. If we receive the seed he plants, we allow him to use us. So yes, your coworkers allow the devil to use them; so does your sibling, and so do you at times. However, the devil wants to kill you. He wants you to lose all hope and let go of your relationship with God. He wants the purpose God created you to fulfill and your soul. Therefore, ultimately, the devil is the enemy in your battle.
Lastly, rise up. So easily we want to check out. However, God wants us to fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12). He wants us to tell the enemy by our actions “I’ve come too far to turn around. I’m not backing down.” The enemy wants you to give up, but don’t. Show the enemy that you know who you are in Christ. You shouldn’t be trembling, he should be. When you rise up, you pray harder, fast, study and confess the word of God more. You must do all you can to stand when you feel like you’ve taken your final blow.