Numbers 21:34 Repeat The Battle

The Lord said to Moses, “Do not be afraid of him, for I have delivered him into your hands, along with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.” Numbers 21:34

Every nation has had battles that were fought, winning some and losing some. As battles are won, the military looks at what went right and wrong and remembers it and learns from the experience.

Learning from what had occurred allows the military to improve or repeat a battle for another victory.

Og, king of Bashan, came out in war against the Israelites. God told Moses to not be afraid but do to him as was done to the Amorite king, for He has delivered him into his hands.

Although most people will never have to fight a physical war against any other nation or group of people, most will have battles in their lives on a regular basis. Most of these battles will be spiritual battles against the enemy that fights for the destruction of the soul and heart.

Every believer must fight a battle against temptation. The world will seek to tempt the believer into sinning against or doubting God. As a believer looks to God for victory over temptation and finds a way out from it, he gains new experience in overcoming temptation and destroys the work of the enemy.

Once a believer overcomes an enemy, he must remember what was done and hold on to that testimony. He can be encouraged that God will give victory again. In the same way he can defeat the next enemy of his soul.

God will give the believer strength, wisdom and direction on how to defeat and destroy the enemy tempting him.

You will have to face the enemy in battle as a believer. The world is out to destroy you as much as God is out to give you an abundant life.

The moment you chose to believe in Jesus and follow Him, you began to defeat the enemy in the power of Christ. Until you step into heaven, the war for your soul is not over. New enemies will attempt to attack and destroy you.

God will give you victory each time over the enemy as you fight the battle in His strength and power. Never forget how God gave victory in the past and repeat the battle for another victory.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see how God has given you victory in the past; that you will see the path God has given you to gain victory over the enemy of your soul; and that you will defeat the enemy in the power, direction and strength of God.

Numbers 10:9 Sound The Trumpet

When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the Lord your God and rescued from your enemies. Numbers 10:9

Throughout early history trumpets were often sounded to show victory or great honor. As battles were being fought, trumpets would sound off to encourage the soldiers to go forward and win.

Outside of times of battle, when a king or some high official entered an area, trumpets would be sounded to alert everyone of who was coming and give honor.

God told the Israelites to sound the trumpets when they went into battle against an enemy. As they did that God would hear, remember them and rescue them.

Hearing trumpet blasts is a rare thing in society today. Trumpets are typically heard only during concerts and very few can play them.

Nearly everyday believers have to go into battle against the enemy. Some days it is a physical enemy, but most often it is a spiritual enemy. Even though most do not have a trumpet, nor can play one, a trumpet sound needs to be blasted as they go into battle.

The trumpet sound that a believer can sound off is with their voice. Shouts of praise and victory can arise from the heart and voice of the believer as he goes into battle, knowing that God can give him the victory. It alerts other believers around him of the battle, and it alerts the enemy of God’s presence. It gives encouragement and strength knowing God will bring about a great victory.

God is always ready and willing to rescue one in a battle against his soul. Trumpet sounds of praise give God the honor and strength to move forward with the rescue.

You will have times in which you must go into battle against the enemy. Temptations and persecution will arise in your life to attempt to break you down and destroy you.

Do not give in to fear of the enemy or the temptation, but shout trumpets of praise to God. Let the enemy know who is on your side and allow God to gain the victory over the enemy in your life. He is ready, willing and able to rescue you from the enemy of your soul.

Will you sound the trumpet of victory today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the victory you have in Jesus; that you will shout praises of victory to God; that you will see God rescue you from the hands of the enemy; and that God would defeat the enemies in your life.

Exodus 28:4 Wearing The Right Clothing

These are the garments they are to make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a woven tunic, a turban and a sash. They are to make these sacred garments for your brother Aaron and his sons, so they may serve me as priests. Exodus 28:4

Many business places require their workers to wear a certain type of clothing. This can range from steel-toed boots, gloves and a hard hat all the way up to a suit and tie or a specific company made uniform.

Wearing the required clothing can be for safety or for unity and identification or for overall appearance.

God tells Moses to have certain clothing made for Aaron and his sons. This clothing is to be sacred and used so that they can serve as priests.

Most people accept being told what to wear when they are working at a job whether they fully agree with it or not. They understand it is required in order to keep the job.

For Aaron and his sons, the clothing they were told to wear was physical clothing. While being physical the clothing was still sacred and holy. Believers in Jesus, however, are told to wear clothing that is not physical, but spiritual. Some of this clothing is for identification with Jesus, while other clothing is used for battle.

Some of the clothing used for identification are holiness, righteousness, love, purity, and grace. Some of the clothing used as armor for battle is belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and sword of the Spirit.

Believers who are willing to put on the clothing God wants them to wear will be ready, willing and able to fight a spiritual battle and will be easily recognized as being in God’s army. Not wearing this clothing will make them vulnerable to the enemy and not identify with Jesus.

If you have a job, most likely you have to wear certain clothing. If you are willing to wear that certain clothing for temporary pay, you must be willing to wear the clothing God has for you that is for eternal pay.

Just as you take time to make sure you are correctly dressed for a job, take time to make sure you dressed for the job God has for you. While you are working your temporary job you are also working for God.

Are you dressed correctly for God’s work?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will put on the clothing God has for you each day; that you will be ready, willing and able to do the work God has for you to do; and that you will be easily identified as one in God’s service.

Exodus 17:12 Holding Others Up

When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up–one on one side, one on the other–so that his hands remained steady till sunset. Exodus 17:12

Being a leader means that one must be willing to do more to lead than everyone else is doing. The workload will often be much heavier than for those being led.

Many leaders will attempt to do everything completely on their own, with no help. The best leaders have others beneath them, holding them up and strengthening them.

As the Israelites were in battle, Moses had to hold his hands up so that they would win. When his arms got heavy, Aaron and Hur helped by holding his hands up on each side.

Every believer is a leader to someone else or to a group of other people. As a leader the person has to carry the burden of being able to keep going, no matter how difficult it is or painful it is.

While God is there to give strength to keep going forward in leading, there are many times in which God uses others to help be the needed strength. Although it may be rare for a believer to have to physically hold another’s hands up, every one can help through other methods in holding the person up.

The bare minimum a believer can do to help someone is praying for them. Other times one can also give a physical hand of help taking a part of the load. Wisdom in how to handle the load can be offered. Finances can be provided for. Others can be encouraged to give a helping hand.

Believers need to seek ways to help hold up the hands of those who are leaders, so that the battle against spiritual darkness may be won.

Whether you are a leader or not, there will be times you will need to help others out. Begin with praying for them for God’s strength and direction. Then seek God as to how you may be able to hold the hands of others up.

Be willing to be used by God to strengthen others so that the battle may be won. No battle is won completely alone by one person, but by the whole family of God and His Holy Spirit.

Who can you hold up?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will have others to help hold you up in the Lord’s battle you will be in; that God will show you others whom you can hold their hands up in battle; and that God will give you the needed strength to win the battles in your life.

Galatians 1:6 Are You A Deserter?

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel. Galatians 1:6

A person who chooses to leave his post during a battle is a deserter. It is giving up or going over to the enemy’s side during a battle.

Very few people like a person who is a deserter. Soldiers in the army who choose to desert during a battle are punished with some of the highest forms of punishment. At one time, they were even killed for deserting their post.

As Paul opens his letter to the Galatians, he immediately talks about how he could not believe that some were deserting Jesus for a different gospel.

At the moment a believer chooses to follow Jesus, he is enlisted into the army of God and is put into a battle for his life and the lives of others. There is only one way to be in this army and that is through the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is by the grace of Christ that one is allowed to be in God’s army.

The gospel of Christ is the only way and the only truth. However, many in the church, after being a believer, have chosen to follow a different gospel. Many have chosen to call things that God calls sin as though it was not sin. Some have chosen to believe that there are other ways to God besides Jesus. Some have chosen to continue to sin, because God will forgive them.

Making the choice to believe in things that are not from God as though they are, is deserting Christ and following a different gospel or truth. It is choosing to side with the enemy–the world. It is denying Christ, something a true believer would never do.

If you have chosen to believe in and follow Jesus, you are now in God’s army and there is only one way to live. That way is by the commands of God. God is your supreme commander and with only one truth to follow.

Do not allow yourself to be deceived by the world to cause you to desert Christ so that you may live in sin. Do not live a lie, but live by the truth of Christ–the gospel message.

You are a soldier in God’s army, will you become a deserter?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the truth of Jesus; that you will remain faithful in God’s army; that you will not desert God’s truth; and God will open your eyes to the deception of the enemy.