This Is How I Fight My Battles

Thanks to an awesome worship night at Influencers Roswell, I had an epiphany that's carried with me the past two weeks.

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// "The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them." -Psalm 34:7 //

At the beginning of this month, I had the honor of attending Influencers Church Roswell Campus for the night of worship as they planted this new campus.  Some of my mentors have been going to their Cumming campus, which is quite the hike from our home, but I'd wanted to visit for almost a year based on their testimony of it.

Being a few minutes from the new Roswell campus, I knew I had the opportunity to experience their church and see what all of the growth was about.

I'll cut to the chase - overall it was a great experience, and worth every moment of my time being there.  But one moment stood out as impactful, and I want to share that with you today, because there's a lesson in it for all of us.

During worship, we sang a newer song I hadn't heard before called (Surrounded) Fight My Battles.  Michael W. Smith just released this song in February and it's already getting great covers.  It's simple - really two lines sung repetitively with a few other short lines.  But something clicked for me in that moment.

God has shown me already that worship is to be my response when feeling despair, and logically I got that.  I've turned on worship music at home when I need to so that I can worship.  But it hit my heart deeply at Influencers.

As we sang, one of the line's is 'this is how I fight my battles.'

I sang.  That's what we do.  We sing.

But after singing it over and over, I got it.

THIS was how I fought my battles.  Doing exactly what I was doing in that moment.  Worshipping.  Worshipping the way that I was.  Freely.  Focused on Him.  Singing out to Him.  Telling Him the victory was His.  Telling others that it may look like I'm surrounded but I'm surrounded by Him.

In that moment I just caved.  It was a beautiful moment where I connected to the lyrics, in the moment, knowing Truth.

So I share this moment with you, I invite you to know it, because I want you to know that you, too, will fight your battles by worshipping Him.  It isn't by going into battle.  It isn't by telling others off.  It isn't of our own might or strength or power.  It's by Him going before us, loving Father, making crooked things straight, allowing us to follow Him.

And I invite you to listen to this version from Bethel that I now listen to daily and find myself singing multiple times per day, every day, for the past few weeks.  Even my 2 and 3 year old's sing it with me.

Michael Tatonetti