1 Samuel 17:47 Whose Battle Is It?

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“All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:47

All over the world there are different types of battles occurring. Soldiers are in physical battles against some enemy, risking their lives. The soldier is not the one who chose to go to battle, but some higher authority in their government, he is just following orders. The battle is not his, but his government’s.

Individual people are battling many types of sickness and poverty, yet most did not choose that path or have a cause in it. Others are battling people who are treating them badly. It is not their choice, but it is still a battle.

As David brought food to his brothers, he came up to a battle that was occurring. He did not start the battle or even choose for the battle to happen, yet, he became a part of it. David went up against Goliath,  because He knew whose battle it really was. Goliath was not fighting people, but God. It was God’s battle and God would have to win it.

Every believer is in a battle for their own soul and for the souls of other people around the world. This battle is greater than any individual, any church, or any group of believers, it is a battle that had begun in heaven with Satan against God. It is a battle against sin.

No one is able to win this battle against sin on their own. This is a battle that belongs to God. God had won that battle when Jesus died and the cross and rose from the dead. He conquered sin and death for all eternity, for anyone who accepts it.

Just as David realized the battle was not his to win, you must also realize that the battles you are facing in your life are not yours to win, but God’s.

Allow God to guide your weapons against sin to overcome the sin in your life and around you. Allow God to break down the enemy’s strongholds in your life and in the lives of those around you.

God will use you to win the battle, but it is by His power, His strength, His wisdom and His ability, not yours. Go forward bravely into battle knowing God will win the battle for you. It is His battle.

I pray today that you will know God’s power; that you will know God’s heart; that you will know God will fight the battle for your soul; and that God will help you win every battle in your life. 

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Judges 1:1 Seeking God’s Directions

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After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the LORD, “Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?” Judges 1:1 

Every day billions of decisions are made by people all over the world. Some of the decisions are very major ones that can decide the outcome of the individual or even of nations, while the majority are minor ones, affecting only a few people.

With every decision there are at least two different choices to make, to do or not do something. After that, the possibility of choices is endless. The results of a choice can also be a simple effect or a major affect.

How people make the choice is different for each person? Some will actually toss a coin to make the decision. Others will seek advice from other people, read books or articles on it, or just wild guess the decision to be made.

Moses had been the one who started making choices for the Israelites, then it was Joshua. Now that both were gone, the Israelites had to make the choice themselves. The very first thing that they did was to ask God about the choices. The chose to let God make the choice Himself and then follow through with His decision.

Just as everyone else in the world has to make decisions, so does every believer. Individual all the way up to corporate level choices need to be made on a daily basis.

Unlike the world, however, the believer has One who can hep make the perfect choice every time. Every believer can be filled with God’s Holy Spirit to guide them and every believer can ask God for direction. There is no decision or choice to be made that is too big or too small to ask God about.

You may have some choices to be made in the near days to come. Think about how you make your choice. Is it on your own or in the ways of the world? Or are you seeking God to guide your choice?

God knows what is the best choice to be made. Take the time to stop and seek His answer. It may be a choice that the world would also make, or it could be something very different. God sees and knows the big picture, so He also knows the best way to do things.

Take time today to ask God for direction. He is generous and will give it.

I pray today that you will seek God’s directions; that you will trust God’s directions for your life; that you will follow God’s directions in your life; and that God will reveal His great grace and favor in your life. 

Joshua 10:42 All Because Of God

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All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, because the LORD, the God of Israel, fought for Israel. Joshua 10:42 

Battles are fought all the time by people everywhere in the world. Some battles are small with just person to person, while others are larger. The levels of the battles can go from individual battles to whole nations or even continents. These battles can also be just words of fighting to thousands of people getting killed.

In each of these battles there is always someone or a group who is leading the fighting. They are giving the directions and guidance as to how to fight and win the battle.

Joshua had been leading the people into the various battles to take over the land of Canaan as God had promised to the Israelites. God had given the direction to go in and destroy every city and everyone in those cities.

As the Israelites were fighting, they were also winning all of the battles. At one point five different kings came up together against the Israelites. In a single campaign, Joshua was able to defeat each of those kings. However, he did not take the credit for winning the battles. He knew that they had won the battles because God had fought for them.

Without God on their side, they would not have won the battles.

Every day believers are also in various battles. They are battling against sin in their own lives, they are battling for the souls of family members, friends, neighbors, and enemies. While the battles may seem personal and the believer is the leader of the battle, it is not the person who wins the battle, it is God.

God is the one who goes with the believer into battle. It is God who gives the strength to win and overcome the enemy.

In your life you will go through some battles. Some will be physical, while the majority will be spiritual. Allow God to guide you in these battles. Allow God to be the one to win the battle with and for you.

Then understand as a battle is won, it was not you had won the battle on your own, but it was God who won the battle. It is God who gives you strength and ability to overcome the enemy.

God is on your side, in that He wants only the best for you–to be like Jesus. This is why He will fight for you. Trust God to win the battles in your life.

I pray today that you will know God’s strength in your life; that you will give God credit for winning battles; that you will allow God to guide you in the battles in your life; and that you will see God’s victory in your life.

Joshua 6:5 Put God In The Front With Worship

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So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the LORD and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.” Joshua 6:5

Every person has times of battles in his life. There are some that are small battles and others that are major battles. Some will face those battles head on, while many will attempt to run from the battles in fear.

Joshua and all the Israelites had just crossed over the Jordan into the new land of Canaan. They had come upon the city of Jericho, which was to be their first major take over in the new land. It was a large city that was very well fortified.

At the time, the Israelites did not have any large battering rams or bombs to take out the large walls of the city. All they had was a few small weapons and God’s word. God had told Joshua that he would take that city.

To get ready to take the city, Joshua had the priests, holding the ark of the covenant, go in front with some men blowing trumpets. The priests with the ark of the covenant and the trumpeters would lead all the Israelites in a march around the city for seven days.

The ark of the covenant represented God’s presence among the people. They would allow God to go first. Then along side of His presence were the trumpeters blowing the trumpets in worship of God. With God and worship, the Israelites met their enemy and God removed that large wall from before them. The obstacle of the take over was removed.

As a believer, there will be times in your life that you will meet up with large walls that stand in your way or you will meet up with a large enemy that must be removed. God can and will be with you, if you allow Him to be in front. Allow God to lead the way into the battle. Don’t do the battle on your own.

As you move forward in the battle, be willing to blow the trumpet of worship to God. Allow God to fight your battle for you. God is strong enough to take down walls that are before you. Trust that He knows how to do it. Give Him all the worship as you move forward into battle.

I pray today that you will have God’s presence with you at all times; that you will allow God to fight your battles; that you will give God worship as you march forward; and that God will show Himself faithful and strong to you. 

Deuteronomy 20:1 Going To War

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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

There are wars and battles going on all over the world. While there are many that are physical wars, with tanks, guns, and physical killings, the majority are a different type of war. They are wars of conflicts of interest, hatred for family or neighbors, temptations to do wrong and more.

People are fighting each other, even though many do not do it with guns. Often, it is each trying to get his or her own way. It is name calling, slandering, gossip, back-biting, cheating, and more.

Even though these types of wars are common, believers have, yet, another type of war. They are in a war against false beliefs, and fighting for the lives of others. The world, as a whole, is against God. They do not want the God to win.

God told the Israelites that they would go to war against their enemies. It was not a matter of ‘if they will go to battle’, but when they will go to battle. As they go to war, they were not to fear the enemy because God would be with them.

Every believer is in a battle for his own life and for the lives of others. It is a spiritual battle of an eternal consequence. The world is against the believer, and the believer is against the world. 

Although there are many believers, there are more unbelievers. The believer is not to fear the enemy–this world, despite how many there are. God is right along side of the enemy. He is fighting the battle with the believer.

Each day you go out into this world, you will be doing battle against the enemy of God. Satan and this world’s ways do not want you or God to win.

Walking into the work place or some other location, the number of enemies of God will nearly always be greater in number, than those following God. You have a mission to tell everyone about Jesus. You have a job to bring people to Jesus for salvation.

As you begin to be His witness, you have taken the first strike in this spiritual battle. Do not be afraid of their great numbers. God is with you in this war. You will win, because God never loses.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be His witness in this world; that you will not fear the enemy; and that you will know God’s presence with you in this war for lives. 

God’s Got This!

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I work as a public school teacher in two different middle schools in our town. At times it can be a lot of fun working with the children and teaching them. However, it can also be extremely challenging when some of those children do not really want to be there and learn.

This school year has proved to be more challenging than last year and has not been going so well for me. My position as a teacher is currently in jeopardy and the district may not renew my contract because of some of the challenges that I have been unable to overcome.

Since this has started to occur, it has been very challenging for me to stay focused correctly. I am praying constantly that God will guide my every step and show me the path I am supposed to take.

This last Thursday was an especially challenging day at my workplace. After work was over, I had went to an awards ceremony for my daughter. During the ceremony my mind kept going back to work and the challenges I was facing. It was overwhelming me and I did not seem able to let it go.

After that ceremony I had to stop at a store to pick up a few things my wife needed. As I was headed to the store I was doing a lot of praying. I was asking God for direction in my situation. As I was praying I felt God say to me, “I’ve got this.” This was not me getting it, but that God has it. He was saying that He has it in control.

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God did not tell me what was going to happen, or what to do, just that He has it. I asked God what this means for me, but all He would say was “I’ve got this.” I accepted what He said, then went into the store to get what I needed.

I had picked up the few things that I needed and began to check out. As I finished checking out and paying for the items, a friend of mine came up and tapped me on the shoulder.

He knew about my situation that I was going through and asked me how things were going. Naturally I proceeded to tell him how things were going and that I was really praying for God’s strength, guidance and wisdom in it.

Immediately he said that he is going to pray for me. This was not he was going to pray for me later, it was he wanted to pray right then and there in the store. One of his sons was with him and he told his son right away that they need to pray for me. I am never one to stop someone from praying for me, even in public. I know that God can work through the prayers of others. And God said that were two or three are gathered in His name, He is right there.

He started praying for me. It was not a very long or eloquent prayer, but it was an effective prayer. The one thing that amazed me (though it should not have) was that in his prayer one of the things he said multiple times was that “God, You have got this.” He said that God You have got this no matter what happens, whether I keep my job or lose it. I had not told my friend what God had just told me.

Immediately the peace of God came upon me. God had confirmed His word to me through my friend. It was not just me thinking I heard something, but God revealing that He did tell me that He has this.

Having been a believer most of my life, this is not something that I should need to be told, but I did. I needed to be reminded that God has my life in His hands and will take care of me. God never says it will be easy or fun, or rough and difficult, but that He will be with me through it all.

In your life, you may be going through some situation that is difficult. You may be crying out to God for some relief or answers and God is not saying or seeming to do anything about it. Know that God has it. He knows exactly what is going on. No matter what is happening or is going to happen, it is in God’s control. You have nothing to fear.

I do not know how my situation will end up in the end, but I know that no matter what happens God’s got this.

Rest in His perfect love with me knowing that God’s got this!

Jeremiah 8:6 Like A Horse Charging

I have listened attentively, but they do not say what is right. None of them repent of their wickedness, saying, “What have I done?” Each pursues their own course like a horse charging into battle. Jeremiah 8:6

As God is getting ready to send the nation of Israel into captivity He is watching and listening to the people. None of them realized what they had done wrong and repented of their sins. They continued to live in sin as God was punishing them.

The illustration God uses is of a horse charging into battle. Horses that were used for battle had blinders put on. These blinders kept them from seeing to the right or left. All they could see was in front of them. They were also trained to go forward regardless of what was happening in front of them. Often they were charging straight forward into a battle in which there was a very high chance, to guaranteed chance of death. They had no fear of what was happening, despite it meaning they would be injured or killed.

People are very much like that to this day. All over the world people are choosing their own course in life. The majority are choosing a path that is similar to that of the battle horse going into battle. They are choosing to live a life full of sin, refusing to repent and not seeing the danger ahead.

For those who have never known God, this is understandable. However, just like the Israelites, there are many who claim to be Christian or have known God at some point in their life, but are living in purposeful sin. They are choosing their own path, rather than following God and the path He has for them.

Some will repent of their sins in words only. As soon as they repent, they go out and do it again on purpose. This is not true repentance, a turning away from the sin.

You must look at your own life and determine whose path you are on. Are you following your own path, which will lead to destruction in the end?

Or are you following the path God has for you?

Be willing to repent of all sin and follow God’s path for your life. In the end you will have life forever.

I pray today that you will follow God’s path for your life; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; that you will truly repent of all sin in your life; and that you will know the life God has for you.