Judges 7:21 Hold Your Position

While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled. Judges 7:21

During a battle the soldier must be willing to hold his position as long as necessary to bring about a victory. Holding a position may be extremely difficult and possibly bring about a lot of pain, leaving the position will nearly always guarantee failure or defeat.

Giving up a position allows the enemy to step into it and take greater control. Only the brave and the dedicated will hold their position until the end in victory or given relief to change position.

The Israelites, under the leadership of Gideon, held their position in a battle against the Midianites as the Midianites fled in fear.

Every believer is in a battle. This battle is for their own soul and for the souls of others. It is not a physical battle, as the Israelites were in, but a spiritual battle.

The world is the enemy and is out to destroy the souls of every person through sin and deception.

Although believers do not have to hold a physical position, they must hold on to a spiritual one. What they believe, do, say, or think are all spiritual positions that will either bring defeat to the enemy or give the enemy victory.

Throughout the Bible God has given commands, rules, and principles on how to fight the war against the enemy. As one does everything that God has directed him to do, he must stand and continue to stand, holding his position and not backing down, not giving in to the temptation to sin against God.

Holding his position with God and not giving in to sin will bring about victory for his soul. It will strengthen him and draw him closer to God and more like Jesus.

The world is out to destroy you spiritually. They want you to sin against God and will do whatever it takes for that to occur.

Know what God requires of you and hold on to that. Do not give up your position in Christ Jesus for a moment of temporary pleasure in sin. As you hold your position, temptation, the enemy will have to flee.

The world cannot stand up against the truth of God’s word and the faith in God that you hold on to. In the end you will have a victory that goes into eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the truth of God’s word and commands to you; that you will hold your position in Christ Jesus; that God will give you strength to resist temptation to sin; and that you will see God scatter your enemies from before you.

Joshua 21:44 The Enemy Cannot Hold Out

The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hands. Joshua 21:44

Battles occur all over the world on a regular basis. Often the striking enemy is able to overcome those being attacked. This can occur because the strength of the enemy is so great, or that the one being attacked does not have the resources to defend, or that they give up in the fight out of fear.

Every so often there is a very small group that is able to defeat a very large enemy.

God gave the Israelites the promised land and then gave them rest. None of the enemies were able to stand up against the Israelites because God gave them into their hands.

Any person who is following God with all of his heart, mind, soul and strength will have some enemies. While most will not have enemies that physically strike them, there will be enemies that strive to stop them from believing in Jesus or at least distract them in their walk with God.

The most common enemy is inside the heart and mind of each individual. Thoughts will often lead a person astray, giving the enemy victory over the believer.

Jesus defeated the enemy–sin–with His death and resurrection. Then He gave believers all His authority to overcome the enemy and gave His Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen them in their victory.

Believers who choose to not stand in His promises and be led by the Holy Spirit, will be defeated by the enemies in their lives. God has given all that is needed to have victory over the enemy as long as one will take it. The world cannot stand up against a believer who is trusting in God’s promises.

You have enemies in your life that are warring for your soul and mind. It is a battle to get you to sin against God and follow the ways of the world.

God is ready to hand the enemy over into your hands and give you victory, however, you must choose to follow His ways and be led by the Holy Spirit. Do not give in or back down from standing up against the enemy, you are given victory.

Jesus has already defeated the enemy, now stand in that victory.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the victory Jesus has won; that you will stand in God’s power and authority against the enemy; that you will choose to follow God with all of your life; and that you will see God defeat the enemies of your soul.

Joshua 11:5 Joined Forces Against Believers

All these kings joined forces and made camp together at the Waters of Merom to fight against Israel. Joshua 11:5

Wars occur on a regular basis all over the world. At times multiple nations will agree to get together to wage war against another nation. The unified front will often give a greater front against the other nation to be able to stop that nation.

Usually when this occurs it is to stop one nation from taking over everyone else. At other times it is to destroy a nation or a group of people that are not wanted.

A group of kings had gathered together to fight against Israel and keep the Israelites from taking the land.

Just as physical wars are occurring around the world, there is also a spiritual war going on. Demonic forces of this fallen world are set on destroying all believers and at any cost.

In some nations these forces are unified as a whole in the nation banning all belief in God. In other nations, such as America, believers have mostly been free to worship and serve God.

Although there has been some freedom, the world is quickly joining forces to rise up against believers. Sin is promoted as good more and more and anyone against sin is considered a hater and wrong. It is no longer just a few against believers, but whole nations.

Every believer must be ready and prepared for spiritual war against his soul. Believers will often be surrounded by those who are against God and His ways. Although the forces of the world are many, the forces of God are greater and more in number with the believer.

No believer needs to be afraid of the enemy knowing that God is for him and will fight the battle for him.

The world is rising up as a unified front against you. They want to get you to sin against God in whatever way possible. The temptations to sin will come from nearly every angle and location around you.

Do not fear those dark forces but put your focus upon God and trust Him. Know that you are on the winning side and God will give you strength to destroy the attacks of the enemy in your life.

Be willing to destroy the temptations to sin that rise up in your life. Do not entertain them or let those temptations live.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will open your eyes to the temptations that come your way; that you will trust God in the battle for your soul; and that God will remove all fear of the enemy.

Joshua 6:10 A Time To Be Silent

But Joshua had commanded the army, “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!” Joshua 6:10

Sports teams are groups of people who are ready to take on another team who are the ‘enemy’. At the time of the competition the fans will raise their voices in support of their team to try and intimidate the opposing team. Some of the players will make comments to break down the moral of the other team.

Very rarely will a team go into a competition in silence.

As the Israelites were getting ready to take down Jericho, Joshua told the people to be silent, to not raise a war cry or their voice until told to shout and then they were to shout.

Going into any type of battle, whether physical or otherwise, and remaining silent is difficult for most people. Everyone wants their voice to be heard, to be heard as right and to bring on intimidation in cutting down the enemy verbally.

Acting in this way, with voices, represents how the world does things. Satan often speaks lies to intimidate and detour the believer in his devotion and obedience to God. Believers will often speak up to defend themselves.

When God is at work, the believer does not have to add to what needs to be done. All the believer needs to do is walk in faith, keeping his mouth shut until it is the right time to speak or shout. He is to be led by God’s Holy Spirit as to when to say something or be quiet.

During times of silence, the enemy cannot know what is going on or is about to happen. At the right time the enemy can be taken by surprise with God’s power.

You most likely have some enemies in your life that need to be defeated. It is easy to try and take them on in your own power, your own way and your own time. Doing so may, however, bring on your own defeat.

Seek God’s direction in dealing with the enemy. He may require a time of being silent and waiting for the right time to shout. Trust that God knows the best way to defeat the enemies in your life. Give Him complete authority and walk in His ways.

Be silent when needed and shout when needed.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s directions in defeating the enemies in your life; that God will reveal to you when to be silent and when to shout; and that you will trust God’s timing and ways in overcoming the enemy.

Deuteronomy 23:9 Stay Away From The Impure

When you encamped against your enemies, keep away from anything impure. Deuteronomy 23:9

In every nation there will be times that battles will occur for the military to take care of. During the battle the soldiers must remain focused upon their mission. Soldiers must be careful not to allow themselves to become distracted with anything that could prevent them from accomplishing their mission. Along with staying focused, they must also keep themselves in good health.

Staying physically and mentally focused will allow them to be ready to take a stand against the enemy in the defensive or offensive times.

Moses told the Israelites that when they are going up against their enemies, they must stay away from anything impure.

Believers are soldiers in God’s army, though the battle is not a physical one with guns and other physical weapons, but a spiritual battle. The battle is against spiritual forces and sin that arises up in the life of the believer to take him out and destroy him.

As with any battle there will be times when the believer is encamped across from the enemy waiting for a time of direct conflict. One must be prepared mentally and physically for the battle that will come and must remained focused upon the mission staying away from anything impure or sinful.

Any time a believer allows sin in his life, he weakens his defense against the enemy and allows the enemy to gain territory. With sin in his life, he is no longer focused upon God, His word and the enemy, but upon self and sin. The world will see that sin or weakness and find a way to strike at that vulnerable area in the life of the believer.

Keeping away from sin allows God to rise up and destroy the plans of the enemy.

There will be times in your life in which there will be a lull in the battle as you are encamped near the enemy. Do not allow yourself to become unfocused and to allow sin in your life.

Keep yourself away from anything impure so that you will be ready to fight the enemy on the day of battle. Stay focused upon God and His word and His mission for your life. God will fight your battles when you do not allow sin in your life that will distract you from His plan for your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will stay focused upon God and His word in times of battle; that God will give you strength to stay away from all sin in your life; and that God will give you strength and direction in defeating the enemies in your life.