Zephaniah 3:12 The Remnant Will Trust God

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But I will leave within you the meek and humble. The remnant of Israel will trust in the name of the Lord. Zephaniah 3:12 

In every battle or war, there are some that survive the battle after the attack. While there are many who will surrender to the enemy and no longer fight, there are always some who will not surrender. They will hold on to what they believe and never give up. They will trust that in the end they will win the war.

Most of those who hold on like this are doing it out of extreme pride, both national and self pride. They feel as though they cannot surrender for anything.

God tells Zephaniah that as He strikes Israel to punish them, He will leave a remnant behind. This remnant will be meek and humble, but will also trust God for everything.

Most people feel that they can and must fight their own battles on their own, without any help. It is all about their own pride that they can do it without help. To ask for or rely upon help is seen as a weakness. They do not want to ever be seen as if they cannot take care of themselves.

Believers are to have a different view than that of the world. They are to be meek and humble, realizing that they cannot do anything upon their own abilities. They have to place all of their trust upon the Lord.

While believers must be meek and humble and trusting in God, many within the church are not this way. Many in the church have the same mindset as that of the world and try to do everything without God.

There is a remnant in the church who do fully trust God. These few do not try to take the limelight and do things on their own.

In your own life, you must choose who you will trust or what you will trust in. It is either you trust in God or you trust yourself and this world. There is no middle ground. God will spit out all who are in the middle.

Humble yourself before God, knowing that you cannot do it without Him. Then, as part of the remnant, the few, trust God to work in and through you. Trust God’s power and abilities. Trust God’s Holy Spirit to lead and guide you and give you what you need to win the war in the end.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a part of God’s remnant few on this earth; that you will trust wholly in God’s words, power and abilities; and that you will be a part of God’s conquering army. 

Exodus 34:12 Be Careful Of Snares

Mouse traps with cheese on turquoise table. This file is cleaned and retouched.

Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you. Exodus 34:12

Treaties are agreements that are made between two opposing groups in order to bring about peace. They are commonly known between two warring nations to bring about peace and end fighting amongst each other.

Although not always called a treaty, the same type of agreement is also found between opposing businesses and individuals. One thing that is common among all treaties is that they are a compromise between the two opposing groups. Both groups give in on their stand in some area and get to continue to stand strong in another area. On the outside it appears as a win-win.

As God was bringing the Israelites through the wilderness, He told them to be careful to not make any treaty with the people of the new lands. The reason for this warning was to keep the enemy from becoming a snare to the people.

God does not want His people to compromise with the enemy. The enemy is in the wrong each and every time. Satan is out to kill and destroy each and every person he can, with no mercy, and in any manner possible. The world does not want the believer to win any battle.

Sadly, compromise and treaties with the world is commonly seen in the church. People choose to not stand firmly with God and lower their standards. The give into the pressure of this world. Beginning to believe in the standards of the world, causes a treaty with the world to be made, which, in turn, causes the believer to turn away from God’s standards of living. The treaty has become a snare to them, causing damage or even death to a believer. This death is not just physical, but a turning from God.

Many believers openly live in sin because of their treaty with this world.

As a believer, you are to take a solid stand upon God’s word, with no compromise with the world. The world is out to deceive and kill, it is about self. Jesus is there to bring you life. Do not give up what God has given you. Do not allow the world to take it from you by deception.

A treaty with the world is enmity with God. Whose standards are you holding on to?

I pray today that you will hold onto God’s standards; that God will reveal where there is a treaty with the world in your life; that God will strengthen you to break any treaty with the world; and that God will keep you from being caught in the snare of this world’s deception. 

Exodus 17:15 The Lord Is Our Banner

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Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. Exodus 17:15

Everywhere a person looks he can see banners being flown or set up. Banners are a sign of someone or something of some importance. It is wanted to be known that the person or entity is there.

Flags of nations are the most common banners to be seen world-wide. Yet, there are millions of other banners showing businesses or organizations. Many organizations have their own flag or sign that they put up everywhere signaling who they and that they are there.

When the banner is removed, it is a sign that the person or organization has moved out. They are no longer there. It has been taken down.

Moses and the Israelites were fighting against the Amalekites. As long as Moses had his hands raised, they were winning. As soon as his hands dropped, they would lose the battle. After they had won the battle, he built an altar to God and called it “The Lord is my Banner”.

In order for the Israelites to win the war, Moses had to raise his hands to God. It was a surrender to God’s will and power. The Israelites could not win the battle on their own, it was God’s battle. God’s banner had to be lifted up to let the world, the Amalekites, know that He was there and was fighting the battle.

Often people try to fight the battle on their own. They think that they can win the battle. They take down God’s banner and do not allow His presence in their lives. Many believers have fallen for this problem. They forget to lift up God’s banner and accept Him into their situation in their life. They try to do it on their own, and get defeated.

As a believer, you must always allow God to be in the center of your life. Raise His banner high and let the world know that He is there and is in control. Do not be ashamed of Jesus and hide His banner. He is the great general who will win every battle in this life.

There is no battle so great in your life that Jesus cannot overcome. When you remove His banner, you are saying that you are the one in control and can win the battle on your own. You will fail.

Raise the banner of Jesus for the world to see.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will raise God’s banner up in your life; that you will let everyone know God is in control; and that you will trust God to win the battles in your life

Revelation 17:14 The War Will Be Won

 

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They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings–and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers. Revelation 17:14

War is something that the majority of people do not want. And even more people do not want to be a part of a war. War always means that many will get hurt or be killed. There is often division during a war, some wanting the war, while others against it.

There are groups of people, who are so much against war of any type, that they will protest and riot against having war or anyone going to war. Yet, despite the like or hatred of war, there is a war going on. It has gone on since the day Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden of Eden.

Satan and this world has been battling against God and Jesus for all time. They do not want Jesus to succeed, so they have waged a war against Him. The goal is to kill as many people as possible, preventing them from getting into heaven.

The war battles are fierce. They are fighting for the mind and soul and many times for the body of every person they can battle with.

Even though it often appears that Jesus is losing this war, he will triumph in the end. He is Lord and King over every person on this earth, whether they like it or not. Along with Him, will be every person who has been called, chosen and a faithful follower.

All people are called, many are chosen, but not everyone is a faithful follower. To be a faithful follower, one must obediently do what Jesus commands, to live as He lived.

Jesus will win the war in the end. You have a choice as to which side of the war will you be on.

Jesus has called you. He wants everyone to be saved. Have you answered that call to follow Him?

Once you have answered the call, you are now chosen. Now you must become a faithful follower. Take a look at your life and see how you are following Jesus.

Are you being His witness? Are you turning away from sin? Are you showing love, mercy and forgiveness? Are you fighting for the kingdom of God?

In all this, are you a faithful follower who will win with Jesus in the end?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will fight the war with Jesus; that you will be found to be a faithful follower of Jesus; and that you will fight in knowing Jesus will win the war in the end.