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Summary: Learning to trust God completely

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For the past 2 months, the song “The struggle is over” has resonated in my spirit. For the past 6 weeks, it has been the song of altar call as you petition God for an answer. This morning, Brother Melvin performed a praise dance to the same song that reveals the struggle is over. I petitioned God to reveal to me the significance of this song and why it has weighed in my spirit for so long. He had me to begin reflecting on the various circumstances. World wide, unjust wars begun under false allegations to vindicate a long standing feud, when there is a genocide occurring in a poor nation killing hundreds of thousands and nothing is said. In a nation that has found a way to reinstate slavery through the judicial system. By imprisoning black men and boys for a gram of cocaine, but allowing those who traffic in the coke into the streets where these boys and men live to pump the poison in with minimal repercussions. A denomination that is reeling from allegations of sexual misconduct of those who preach to persuade people that holiness is right. In a state where baby boy establishes programs based on a whim, and removed viable programs without thought or concern that it will affect. In a city school system where separate but equal has been outlawed but has not been taken out of practice. In a church house where people struggle with day-to-day problems that seem larger than life and at times our personal situation seems hopeless and we feel helpless. Is it no wonder why we need a word to empower us to believe, that the struggle is over?

In this passage, we find Isaiah in a season of praise – rejoicing in the knowledge of who is actually in charge, and why our struggles are not actually our struggles. Because of the God’s grace and power, we will be victors. It is the song that is sung throughout the Scriptures. This is the assurance that we have from God himself. Our lives will not be lived in vain. Those who berate, belittle, and batter God’s people will be exposed and his beloved children, his saints of light, will receive vindication and salvation from the Father they love.

In fact, the songwriter is really embracing the words of Isaiah. He states, wherever you are, whatever you’ve been going through, God said, the struggle is over for you. You’ve been in this thing long enough. And your mountainside has been rough. The struggle is over for you. He is not saying that there will be not hard times or difficulties, because if that were the case, it couldn’t be over if it never started. He is simply reminding us that the struggle is not bigger then God… and God is still in control… so it isn’t our struggle --- so it is over.

2 Chronicles 20:14-15 we find Jehosaphat receives a word

14 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. 15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehosaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.


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