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 13:31 False Reports

But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” Numbers 13:31

On a regular basis people are faced with tasks that seem tremendously huge and unsurmountable. A few people will face these tasks and overcome them, while the majority will back down out of fear and no confidence.

Those that face the tasks and tackle them will often remember past difficult task that they have already overcome. Forgetting past accomplishments will make the task appear to be larger and more impossible.

After exploring the new land, the majority of the Israelite men stated that they could not attack the people because the enemy was stronger.

The Israelite explorers were speaking the truth when they stated that the people of the new land were stronger, but they had forgotten that they had overcome Egypt, the greatest power of the world at that time.

Following God will mean one is moving into a new territory, a new land. The enemy, the world, will fight against the believer, attempting to stop him or destroy him. The world does not want to lose ground.

Natural eyes will see the world and its powers as greater and more powerful than the individual. Many believers back down from taking new ground. They fear what the world may say or do. The world appears to be too big and powerful.

However, the true believer has God’s Holy Spirit resting in him and giving him the favor and strength of God. He will remember what God has already done in the past and will continue to do in the future and will not believe the false reports of the size of the enemy.

God beat the enemy in drawing a person to believe in Him. Now God can beat the enemy through the believer, taking more ground in this world.

You will have tasks set before you that appear larger than you are. Although those tasks are large, God is bigger. Remember what God has already done in your past and in the past lives of others. What God has done before He can do again.

Don’t allow the false reports of how large the enemy is to cloud your mind but fill your thoughts with how large God is. Go in and take on the task with God at your side and see God give you the victory.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see difficult tasks through the eyes of God; that you will see how strong and faithful God is; and that God will strengthen you to reject the false reports of the world.

Exodus 23:33 Don’t Allow Them Live With You

Do not let them live in your land or they will cause you to sin against me, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare to you. Exodus 23:33

Residing with a physical enemy is not something that most people would be willing to agree to do knowingly. The danger of having an enemy so close is understood and avoided.

On the surface most people attempt to stay away from danger. They want to live their lives being happy and carefree in the moment with very little concern for eternity or the undercurrents of the enemy.

God tells the Israelites that when they get into the new land, they are to not allow the people of the land or enemy to live there with them, because they will ensnare them in the worship of their gods.

While people will be quick to say that they would never allow their enemies into their homes, they are allowing the enemy into their homes on a daily basis, and many believers are doing the same thing.

Believers go to church on Sundays, worshipping God and claiming to follow Him alone, but throughout the rest of the week they allow the enemy into their homes. Satan walks into their homes through media of various sorts.

Movies, music and online sites that promote sin and things against God are watched, read and listened to on a regular basis. All these things are often idolized as ‘great’ by many believers becoming a great snare in their lives. Over time of allowing these things, many fall into more sin and worshipping false gods, rather than God.

Every believer must be willing to shut the door of their lives on the enemy and worship God alone. One must be willing to turn and flee from all sin and appearance of sin and be holy as God is holy.

Take an inventory of your life and what you allow into your life. Do the people and things you allow into your life draw you closer to God or attempt to pull you away from God?

The world has nothing to offer that is lasting and life giving. Satan is only out to kill and destroy you. Do not allow the things of this world to be a snare in your life.

Be willing to worship God alone and keep the enemy from getting a hold in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will open your eyes to the enemy in your life; that you will strive to be holy as God is holy; that you will worship God alone; and that God will help you get rid of the snares of the enemy in your life.

Exodus 14:14 Relax, God Will Fight For You

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14

Facing an enemy that is greater in size and strength can be very intimidating for most people. They do not feel that they are able to overcome a larger enemy on their own.

Many will flee the stronger enemy out of fear and not knowing what else to do. Others will attempt to attack the enemy on their own, ignoring their own weaknesses. Some will seek the help of others in order to win the battle. Very few will step back and let someone else fight the enemy for them.

As the Egyptian army was coming to get the Israelites, the people were afraid. Moses told them that God would fight for them and all they needed to do was be still.

Believers are not immune to being attacked by the enemy. In reality, the believer will be attacked more than the unbeliever because Satan is out to steal, kill and destroy.

Not only does the believer have physical attacks against them, as the Israelites did, there are also spiritual and mental attacks from the enemy.

As the enemy is coming in for attack, it is easy for a believer to feel all alone and helpless. Feeing this way allows for fear to creep in and cause one to doubt God and run in fear.

Instead of running in fearing, one must turn to God and trust in His abilities. God can strike the enemy in ways that are impossible for man to do. It may be a physical destruction as with the Egyptians, or it may be a diversion to stop the enemy.

Trusting God’s strength and power allows the believer to relax while walking in His commands and allow God to do what needs to be done.

The enemy will come against you to attempt to destroy you. He may be large and overwhelming, but God is greater. Do not allow the size of the enemy bring fear into your hearts, but allow it to cause you to turn to God for assistance.

God is greater than any enemy that may come against you. Rest in the fact that God cares for you and will come against any enemy rising up against you. Worship God and stand still knowing that the enemy cannot destroy you when God is on your side.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will remove all fear of the enemy; that God will destroy the enemies coming against you; that you will relax in God’s plan for your life; and that you will trust God’s protection over your life.

Genesis 14:16 Take Back What The Enemy Stole

He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people. Genesis 14:16

Throughout history there have been many times when an enemy has gone into an area and stolen goods, people, even cities and land from someone else. Sometimes these can be just an individual taking from another individual, while other times it is nation taking from nation.

When this occurs, sometimes there are others who go in and take back what was stolen. Most often this is done by police forces, but it can be done by individuals also.

The king of Sodom had gone in a captured Lot, all of his people and took his possessions. Abram went and took back everything that was taken.

While Abram was dealing with physical stealing and taking back, there is a theft going on all over the world that is not always physical. There is a spiritual theft going on in the lives of many people, including believers.

Satan and the world want to take from people what God is giving them. God created this earth and everyone and everything on it to bring life and joy. Sin entered to destroy everything and take it away.

The ways of the world creep into the lives of people and steal what God has placed there. Joy is often turned into sorrow. Love is turned into hatred. Peace is changed to chaos. Forgiveness is turned into vengeance. Knowing the truth has become denying the truth.

Instead of allowing the enemy to keep those things, every believer must go into the enemy’s camp and take back what was stolen from himself and from others. He must stand upon God’s word that God has given these things and much more. Jesus came to give life, not death.

What has the enemy taken from your life that God has given you? These things could have been taken due to circumstances and hardships in your life causing you to look away from God and His gifts to the troubles.

Jesus won victory over death and sin and wants you to have that same victory. The enemy has no rights to you or your possessions, unless you give him the right. Go in with the power and strength of God’s Holy Spirit and recover what was stolen. Take it back, not only for yourself, but for others also. Take what God has given you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God has given you; that God will strengthen you to take back all that the enemy has stolen; and that God will strengthen and protect you from the theft of the enemy.