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. 

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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.

Isaiah 13:4 Building An Army For War

Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing together! The LORD Almighty is mustering an army for war. Isaiah 13:4

God was in the process of bringing some judgement upon the nation of Babylon. His method of bringing that judgement was to raise up and army to invade the nation and punish them. Eventually God did destroy the nation and wiped them off of the face of the earth.

Today, in His sovereignty, God still uses nations to deal with other nations. He uses situations in life to control and bring about what He desires.

Although most people do not like war and many claim that God is not a God of war, but only a God of love, it is not true to be totally against war. The difference is that during the Biblical times in the Old Testament, all the wars were physical wars. People literally were killed and destroyed.

The world has a lot of physical wars going on all the time in which people are dying and being killed. Cities are being destroyed. There is physical pain and suffering. This type of events are happening daily somewhere in the world today.

However, God is raising up and army for a different type of war. The war is no longer one of physical killing, but of spiritual killing. The world wants every person to deny God and die spiritually. God wants every person to have life through Jesus.

As a believer in Jesus, you are enlisted into God’s army. This is an army that is to go out and spread the gospel message about Jesus. You are to battle against spiritual forces of evil that are in this world. Satan and the world want to destroy the works of God.

Believers need to be willing to take down the strongholds of the devil and spread God’s great love. War against the spirits of jealousy, anger, greed, gossip, lying, cheating, and all others sins, needs to be fought in your own personal life and in the lives of others.

Are you willing to go to war with God against the spiritually darkness in this world?

Are you willing to fight against the forces that fight for your soul?

God is in the process of building an army today, be a part of it.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your savior and leader; that you will be in God’s army; that you will fight the battle in God’s way; and that the forces of darkness will be destroyed by God’s power working in and through you.

Psalm 110:5 At Your Side

The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. Psalm 110:5

As David wrote this psalm, he was speaking prophetically forward about Jesus. About two thousand years later, Jesus would come and begin the leading of God’s people. Further on, which as yet to have fully occurred, Jesus will return in power and destroy all the enemy for all eternity. God was and is on Jesus’ side in power and strength.

Often people feel alone in this world. They feel as though no one is on their side and everyone and everything is against them. The battles and struggles of life are huge and daunting. Some may feel as though they are fighting a whole army by themselves.

With this kind of pressure, the fear is very high. Fear of failure and loss weighs on the heart. No one is giving any real support. Many commit suicide because of this loneliness and fear.

There are times when those who believe in God feel the same way. They feel as though they are all alone and God has abandoned them.

As Jesus was getting ready to go into heaven He told the disciples that He would always be with them till the end of time. This statement was not only to the disciples, but also to every person who believes in Him and follows Him.

If you are believing in Jesus and following Him, you may know that He is right there beside you. He is at your right side supporting you through whatever you may be going through. At the moment it may appear as if the enemy is winning the battle, but God is getting ready to bring about a victory in your life. You just have to wait for His timing.

As with David and Jesus, neither saw complete victory right away. Both had enemies that appeared to have won the battle. The enemy may have won the short battle, but they did not win the war. God will win the war in the end. He will crush all your enemies in the end.

The greatest enemy is sin. Trust God to destroy sin in your life. When the time is right, it will happen. God is right there by your side through it all.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will not fear any enemy; that you will know God’s power; and that you will trust God’s protection in the battle.

Psalm 108:13 Gaining Victory

With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. Psalm 108:13

The majority of the people in the world will never be a part of a national military in their country. Only a very select few will have to or will choose to join a military branch. Of those that do join, some will have to participate in some battle at some point in their career. Their goal is always to have victory over the enemy.

Some of the battles fought by the army are won, while others are lost.

While not everyone will be a part of the military of their nation, every person will have personal battles to fight. Each person will have some enemies in their life. Some of these enemies will be physical people, many will be in the emotional or spiritual realm.

Personal habits are one of the largest enemies that most people will face. While most people look only at smoking, drinking, exercise, and eating the wrong things as bad habits and enemies, there are other enemies in a person’s life.

Bad habits of lying, cheating, procrastination, not doing what God wants, holding on to fear, worry, and many other things can battle against a person.

There are many books out there to “help” a person gain victory over a lot of these problems. Some times these books may help, but usually not for long.

The best way to find victory over an enemy is with God. This is for both physical and non-physical enemies in your life.

Following God and trusting Him to win the battles in your life is the only way to ensure victory every time. When Jesus walked on this earth He had defeated the greatest enemy that many will ever face–death.

Because Jesus gained victory over death, He can win every battle that you have. He can give you the strength to continue the battle against the enemy. He can change your heart and mind so that the enemies of your soul will have no power over your thoughts and actions.

Gaining this victory is found in letting go of yourself being in control and allowing God to guide you to victory. Jesus is waiting to trample down the enemies in your life.

Are you going to allow Jesus to get the victory for you in your life?

I pray today that you will allow God to control your life; that God will give you the needed strength for all battles; that God will crush the enemies in your life; and that you will see the victory in Jesus in your life.

2 Chronicles 20:17 It Is God’s Battle

“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.” 2 Chronicles 20:17

While Jehoshaphat was king of Judah, the Moabites and Ammonites got together to fight against Judah. It was such a large army coming against them, that Jehoshaphat knew they could not fight them. He and all of Judah cried out to God. They gave Him praise for being in control and asked for His help. God’s Spirit came on Jahaziel, and told the people to not be afraid and that they will not have to fight the battle. All they had to do was go out and stand their ground and God would fight the battle.

As a person goes through life, many battles come up. The enemy rises up before him to scare and destroy him. Those in the world, get scared and try to run, or go to others for help. Fear sets in and paralyzes most people. They really do not know what to do.

As a believer, your first action should be like that of Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah, you should go to God for help. Notice that when they went before God, their first words were not help, but they gave praise to God for who He is and what He has already done for them.

When you give God praise and trust Him for who He is and what He has already done, His words are always going to be for you not to be afraid or discouraged, it is His battle. God will guide you in what you are to do. Paul wrote that after putting on the armor of God for battle you are to stand.

Let go of trying to do everything yourself, and trust God to do it through you and for you.

If you are serving God with all of your heart and trusting Him, God will take care of you in the best way possible for you. It may not go exactly as you desire, but it will be done in God’s way and time. Let God take control and win the battles in your life.

I pray today that you will give God praise for all that He has done and who He is; that you will trust God’s word for your life; that you will not fear the battles against you; and that you will let God fight your battles.