Deuteronomy 20:1 Going Into Battle

When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. Deuteronomy 20:1

Wars are occurring on a regular basis all around the world. While some are wars with actual guns and bombs, many are wars of emotions, intellect, standards or other such things against self, others or organizations.

Often one side can appear very large and overwhelming to the other. Choices of to battle or not are often made based on the size of both groups.

Moses told the Israelites that when they go to war against an enemy that is larger than they are, they are not to be afraid because God, who brought them out of Egypt, is with them.

Outside of fighting in the military most people will never have to face and enemy with physical guns and bombs going against them. However, everyone who is a believer will still have enemies to face.

These enemies will be friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors or other people they meet, along with society as a whole and spiritual forces working against them. The world is against the believer and will often do whatever it takes to try and take him down.

Looking at the enemies of God in the world, they appear to have better weapons and are greater in number. Some believers will back down from the battle out of fear of the over looming enemy, forgetting the battles God has already won for them.

Instead of fearing the enemy, one needs to remember the battles God has already won in his life, especially the battle over sin and death and go forward into battle. The enemy may inflict injury, but he cannot destroy the soul as God can. God is greater than the enemy.

As a believer, you will have many enemies rise up against you. The world is out to stop you and will do what it can to bring about that accomplishment.

Regardless of how large and powerful the enemy may appear to be, God is greater. Jesus has already defeated sin and death and will be able to defeat your enemy.

Do not allow yourself to fear the enemy but put your trust in God to help you win the battle. He brought you this far to not let you be destroyed.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will remember the battles God has won in your life; that God will strengthen you to remove all fear of the enemy; and that you will see God win the battles against the enemies of your soul.

Deuteronomy 18:13 Be Blameless

You must be blameless before the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 18:13

People who build things that are of extreme high quality always strive for perfection in their craft. The goal is to have no flaws in what they do, regardless of what is being done. Products made in this manner will be of high value and bring in a lot of money.

If there is any flaw in the product, it will often be tossed out and remade. Studies will be made as to why the flaw appeared and how to prevent it from occurring again. Perfection is sought out.

Moses told the people not to take on the practices of the nations they are going in to possess because they are to be blameless before God.

Comparing oneself up against God, one will find that he is flawed and sinful no matter how good of a person he is. Many in the church know this and accept that is the way they are and do not strive to change it in any way. Their thinking is that this is just who they are and nothing can be done about it.

While this is true that they are flawed and sinful, God sent Jesus to remove that sin and change their hearts and minds. The blood of Jesus removed all sin from the life of those who believe on Him. However, it does not just stop there.

Every believer must also strive to be blameless before God. Being forgiven of sins and then purposefully going back into sin is not following God.

In one’s own power and abilities he will not be able to be completely blameless before God. Leaning on God and His Holy Spirit for wisdom, direction and strength, one can become blameless before God in Christ Jesus.

You are living in a world that is full of sin and promotes sin in every area of life. As a believer you are to be different, set apart as holy and blameless before God. Flee all sin and refuse to partake in sin.

Jesus has removed the sin, now it is your job to not go back to that sin and pick it up again. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you in living in the ways of God so that you may be blameless and without sin before God.

Be blameless before the Lord your God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the commands of God; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and give you strength to be blameless before God; and that you will live according to God’s holy standards.