1 Chronicles 12:23 Armed For Battle

These are the numbers of the men armed for battle who came to David at Hebron to turn Saul’s kingdom over to him, as the Lord had said: 2 Chronicles 12:23

Soldiers in the army are always armed for battle when they are getting ready to go to battle. Each one will have some form of weapon to be used against the enemy. The type of weapon used is always determined by what the enemy has that he will be going up against. Along with the weapons he will also have equipment to protect him from the attacks of the enemy.

The writer of Chronicles begins to list out the number of men that came from each tribe of Israel, armed for battle, to help turn Saul’s kingdom over to David.

Outside of the military, most people are not armed and ready for battle. Many, in some nations, may carry a private weapon, but it is often not the majority, and it is not carried expecting to go into battle. Even less people desire to go into battle at any point in their life.

Although most people will never be in a physical battle with guns and other weapons, every person is in a battle for his soul. Born into sin, every person is at war with God and is on the side of the devil.

Those who have seen Jesus and believed His word have switched sides and are now in army of God and need to be armed for this new battle against the devil and the world.

In order to be armed for this battle, one needs God’s word in his heart as a sword. He needs to be filled with the power and direction of the Holy Spirit. He needs to have his shoes on ready to spread the gospel message. He needs to be protected by the shield of faith in God. He needs to be ready for battle.

You are in a war. Either you are on God’s side or the side of the devil and this world. Both sides have their separate weapons used in battle. This is a spiritual war, not a physical war.

Choose to be on God’s side, the side that will win in the end. Put on His armor and be ready for battle. Be ready to face the enemy and turn people over to the kingdom of God.

Are you ready for battle?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will have on the whole armor of God; that you will be ready to do battle for God; that you will take back what the enemy has stolen from God; and that God will remove all fear of the battle.

1 Chronicles 11:12 A Mighty Warrior

Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite, one of the three mighty warriors. 1 Chronicles 11:12

Throughout the history of every military force throughout the world there are always listed some great warriors. These are men and women who were heroes in some way. Often these are people who have sacrificed their lives to save others or led a group into a near suicidal battle situation and won.

Great warriors are ones who have gone far above the basic expectations to get the job done, regardless of the cost to their own selves.

Eleazar, son of Dodai, was listed as one of David’s three mighty warriors.

Being a soldier in the military requires a level of commitment that many don’t have. Taking that to the next level of being a great or outstanding soldier requires an even higher level of dedication. Out of all the people in the world, very few will ever be a part of a military.

However, every believer is part of an army–the army of God. They are in a war that has been going on since Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden. This army is not one that is out to kill other men to gain victory and become great.

It is an army that is against the spiritual strongholds in the lives of people. Believers who are great warriors for God are the ones who spend time in prayer, spend time being a witness, and spend time tearing down the evil strongholds in hearts and lives of people and nations.

These warriors are not armed with physical guns and bombs, but with the armor and weapons of God. Wearing salvation, the gospel message, shielded by faith, holding the weapon of God’s word and led by the Holy Spirit they can defeat any enemy stronghold.

You have the opportunity, regardless of your position in this life, to be a great warrior for God. Put on the full armor of God and allow yourself to be led by the Holy Spirit into battle against the dark spiritual forces in this world.

Face the enemy of God bravely knowing that Jesus has already won the battle and can give you victory. Be willing to stand out as different in following God into battle. Don’t be just an average believer, but an outstanding and mighty warrior for God. Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will wear God’s armor; that you will be led and strengthened by the Holy Spirit; that God will use you to tear down the enemy’s strongholds; and that you will be a m

1 Chronicles 7:40 Ready For Battle

All these were descendants of Asher–heads of families, choice men, brave warriors and outstanding leaders. The number of men ready for battle, as listed in their genealogy, was 26,000. 1 Chronicles 7:40

Working as much as people often do, most people are ready to relax. They want to go home, sit in a recliner, put their feet up and relax doing nothing. Or they want to go out and sit by a lake fishing or some other hobby. The idea is to relax and not have to work hard anymore. Very few will look to be ready for a battle.

After listing the descendants of Asher, they are described as brave warriors, outstanding leaders and ready for battle.

Fighting a battle is very seldom the desire of most people. Only a few state that they are ready to fight. Being in a battle is being in the center of a danger zone that can injure or take one’s life. This scares most people.

While many places throughout the world are not going through a physical war, there is still a battle going on everywhere. The dark and sinful forces of this world are fighting against God and His people for the souls of every person.

Believers are in the middle of a battle that is greater than any physical war ever fought on the face of the earth. Each one must be ready to go to battle for their own lives and the lives of others.

In order to be ready for battle the believer must know God’s word to understand what the battle is, who the enemy is and how to win the battle. He must also be praying to seek God’s strength and direction. He must also put on the full armor of God.

The believer must be ready for battle at all times. As a believer, the world is against you. There is a battle for your soul trying to get you to sin against God. You must be ready to fight that battle at all times.

Hide God’s word in your heart to have a sword to fight with. Take up the shield of faith to defend yourself. Be filled with the Holy Spirit to have the power to win the battle. Allow God to direct your paths in fighting this battle.

Be ready to go to battle for your own soul and the souls of other people. Are you ready for battle?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to equip you for battle; that God will remove all fear of battle; that you will see God’s victory in every battle you face; and that you will be a brave warrior for God against the evil forces in this world.