The running app I use has a setting for power songs. It is designed so that when you start feeling tired, or when you are at the end and start slowing down, or just anytime you need a boost of motivation, you can hit the power songs icon and your pre-selected power songs will play. Now, I will be honest. I never used the power songs settings. I needed my entire running playlist to be power songs. And if we are really being honest, I probably needed those power songs way before I started my run. I needed them to randomly start playing so I would find the motivation to get my butt off the couch. I mean, wouldn’t that have been nice. At my laziest moment, “Eye of the Tiger” starts blaring through my house to remind me to get up and work out. That would probably be a whole lot more effective – and probably a tad more aggravating – than that fitbit buzzing when we are still too long.
In life, we get tired, we get to what feel like the end, we get lazy, we get distracted, we get hurt… The list could go on and on. Wouldn’t it be nice in those moments if we could hit an icon on our phone and our very own personal power songs would start playing and the song would be perfect for that moment??
Well, last Saturday I actually had the morning to work and piddle around the house. I got a text that a friend needed extra prayer for her family situation. Then I got a phone call that another friend had experienced a death in her family. Then I was asked to pray for another friend whose family member was in a terrible car accident. Then I got the call that a preacher friend’s wife suffered a stroke. And this was all before lunch. It was hard to concentrate as I tried to clean toilets and fold clothes. Those things didn’t seem as important and more than once I stopped in my tracks and lifted up a prayer.
But when I was getting ready I had some music playing and “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten came on. It is a great song. I love to listen to it while I am running, as a matter of fact. The chorus goes like this:
This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me
That song got me thinking. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a fight song? A power song maybe? You know like when the football teams is about to score so we break out the fight song to push them along? It would be nice if we had a song that started playing in the moments when we just weren’t sure if we were going to make it.
We may not have a fight song (or if you are super cool, you might), but we do have fight scripture. We do have power scriptures. We have hundreds of scriptures that can give us that extra boost of motivation and energy right when we need it. But like with my running app, those power scriptures have to be predetermined. I can’t wait until I feel like I can’t run another step to decide what my power songs are going to be. I have to set those up before I ever leave for my run. The same is true for life. You can’t wait until the moment when you need to fight to decide on your fight scripture. You need to have decided on those before the situation ever arises. They need to be in your heart and you need to be meditating on them. They should be something you visit weekly, maybe even daily.
Ephesians 6:10-12 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” This scripture explains we are in a real battle. This is not something we can take lightly. We have to be prepared. In verse 17 of that same chapter Paul wrote, “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Part of our battle armor is the word of God. We need to have an arsenal of power scriptures on hand to pull out when we are in the midst of our battle.
Your battle may be some of the situations I mentioned earlier… You may be struggling in your marriage or with your family. You may have experienced a death of a loved one, or you may be dealing with a tragic accident or devastating disease. All of these require power scriptures to battle through. But let me make this point here. Not all of our battles will be this obvious. Not all of our battles are of D-day proportion. Most of our battles are actually pretty small, but no less important. And continue to require a fight scripture.
Your battle may be an aggravating co-worker that you do your best to avoid. Your battle may be worry over your child’s friends. Your battle may be financial stress. Your battle may be worry, busyness, pride, insecurities, anger, disappointment. The list could go on, and many of our battles don’t even happen out in the open. They are hidden away in our minds and hearts. The devil understand that this is our Achilles heal. This is where he can get us. Especially if we don’t have our power scriptures pre-selected and ready to go.
Why do we need these power scriptures, these fight scriptures?
- They help us take control back from the devil. He no longer can use those negative emotions to control us, if we fight him with powerful scripture.
- They remind us who is really in control – and it’s not satan. God is in control and these scripture hidden away in our heart are a perfect reminder of that.
- They remind us that we are loved, unconditionally and wholeheartedly. Nothing can separate us from that love (and that verse would make a great power scripture, wink, wink)
- They remind us that His strength is in us. We are not the one’s fighting the battles. Jesus is fighting through us. We don’t have to rely on our own power, but on His. And that is a huge relief.
- And they remind us that He has a divine plan. A plan that is not designed around our comfort, but a plan meant to grow and promote His kingdom work. A little struggle on our part can mean great things for the Kingdom of God.
Jesus himself quoted scripture when He was fighting the devil out in the wilderness. If that is what he chose as his weapon, then I think it will work just as good for us.
I know many of you may have countless amounts of scripture in your heart, similar to the way I probably had too many songs on my phone. But like with my app, I had to decide which ones were my power songs. I think we need to make a deliberate decision as to which scriptures are going to be our power scriptures. In the heat of the moment, it will be so nice to be able to pull out that scripture to provide instant comfort and discernment. And knowing how God works, it will probably lead you to other comforting and appropriate scriptures.
When my dad was diagnosed with cancer, he chose a fight scripture (now he wasn’t quite cool enough to call it that, but that is what it was). Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. “ And not only did he cling to it, but he made known what his fight scripture was. He made a witness out of this battle and out of the comfort and encouragement that scripture could and would bring. Your power scriptures don’t have to be a secret. Make them known to your loved ones and the people around you, even before the struggle arrives. Let them remind you of it, probably right when you need it.
So what are my power scriptures? What is the one scripture that I can go to time and time again to motivate me and refocus me. Well, it doesn’t take much to figure out what it is… John 15:1-11 work together in my life in so many ways and different verses from that passage catch me at different times, but they always remind me of what I am ultimately after. Just the other day, I was reading that scripture in a women’s Bible study and the verses brought me to tears. They remind me that he is my source of everything. He loves and cares for me. I can do nothing apart from him. And when He prunes me, he does so, so that I can bear fruit for Him. There aren’t too many situations in life where one of those reminders doesn’t fit.
I don’t have that entire section from John memorize but I do have certain verses and phrases that resonate in my heart and come to mind in a split second. I think that is important. Once you have decided on your fight scripture, memorize it. Place it in your heart. And maybe on your mirror, the dash of your car, your desk at work, anywhere and everywhere you may find yourself looking, especially until that scripture becomes a natural reaction.
We don’t have a button flashing on us like my phone does to remind us we have power songs if we need them. So, we need to make a deliberate effort to go to those power scriptures any time we are feeling off. The more we go to them, the more natural the response will become, and the more powerful the scripture will be in our lives.
So make it your mission before the next struggle hits to find your fight scripture. You may already know what yours is, but you have never thought about it in this way. Well, label it in your heart and know that is your go to verse. But if you don’t know, start looking. Flip through your Bible and notice the scriptures you have underlined. Think back over your life and see what scriptures have helped you. Pray to God, asking him to show you the scripture that is perfect for your life. I am going to include some of my favorites below to help you jumpstart the process.
But just remember when you are tired, struggling, and not sure you can go another minute, you have an entire “playlist” of power scriptures that can motivate, encourage, and focus you.
For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
The Lord is my shephard; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me into paths of righteousness for my name sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.
I will fear no evil,
For you are with me;
Your rod and staff,
They comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
In the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight
2 Timothy 1:7
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.