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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Genesis 14:20 Give God Praise For Victory

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“And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. Genesis 14:20

People have victory in situations in their lives every so often. They are able to win a battle, get promoted, overcome a sickness, or some other struggle in their life. As the victory occurs, most people look to themselves as having accomplished the feat.

They look back on all the hard work that they had done to gain the victory over their situation. The larger the battle, the greater the victory. There is often a lot of pride in one’s self for gaining that victory. Many will also claim that they got lucky or had good karma in order to have that victory.

Abram had been told that the King of Sodom and several other kings had invaded the land of his nephew Lot. He went in to rescue Lot and his people from the other kings. Abram had won the battle.

Melchizedek blessed Abram, but also stated that God had given Abram the victory. He praised God for delivering the enemies over to Abram. Abram also gave God the praise for the victory, instead of taking the praise himself.

Most people will take the praise and credit for the victory themselves. They will be quick to point out what they did in accomplishing that victory, without recognizing where that victory came from.

Believers are also known to take this praise from God for themselves. While it is true that a person did some of the work, they are not acknowledging that God gave the victory. Without God’s strength, provision, and favor, no person can win any battle.

A person does not have any power or abilities in and of himself, it is only by the power of God that a person even lives at all. God sustains all life, and is the One who gives victory over every situation.

There may be battles in your life that you have found victory. Give God the praise for giving you the victory over that enemy, whether it is a person or some other enemy in your life.

God still delivers His people from the hands of the enemy. That enemy may be a person, a thing, or a sickness. Ultimately the real enemy is the spiritual forces in this life, yet, God can deliver all enemies.

Give God praise for victory today.

I pray today that you will see God’s work in your life; that you will give God praise for all victories in your life; that you will know it is by God’s power you have victory; and that God will deliver your enemies over to you. 

Jude 19 Natural Verses Spirit

 

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These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. Jude 19

One of the best ways to conquer an enemy is to divide the enemy. This is to cause the enemy to fight among themselves in two different battle fronts. When a group is divided among itself, it is no longer at its strongest point. They are weakened and can be easily taken over.

The world knows this concept and knows how to employ it. Jude had just stated that there would be scoffers among the believers in the church. Now he states that it is these very people who will divide the church.

People who are like this follow their own personal, natural instincts. They will talk about how they feel, rather than what God has said. They go off of personal experience, rather than being led by God’s Holy Spirit.

The classic example of this type of division is a church splitting over what color the new carpet should be. Yet, the division is much greater and more dangerous than that in many churches.

There are some in the church who will attempt to throw doubt on God’s word. Or they will throw out parts of God’s word, saying that was for then and this is for now. Living in open sin has been accepted in some churches, because it is a humane acceptable way to live, it is a personal right of the person, rather than what God desires.

Acting like this is done by natural instincts, being led by self and this world’s ways of thinking. It is not allowing God’s Holy Spirit to lead and guide a person or church.

Believers must be aware of people like this. They must always keep their focus on God, His word and be led by His Holy Spirit. This will prevent division from occurring and stop the enemy.

Examine your life and see how you are making your choices in life. Are you letting natural, sinful man instincts to guide your thinking and actions? Or are you allowing God’s Holy Spirit to guide you in everything you think, say and do?

Do not allow yourself to be led astray and be divided by those of this world. The enemy wants to divide, conquer and destroy.

God has come to give life. Accept His Holy Spirit and live the life He has for you.

I pray today that you will be led by God’s Holy Spirit; that God will open your eyes to division occurring; that you will not allow self to get in the way of God’s leading; and that there will be unity with God in your life and church.

Jeremiah 29:7 Praying For The Enemy

Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. Jeremiah 29:7

Going into exile was a difficult thing for the Israelites of Judah to do. As they are going into exile, God now tells them to settle in and serve their enemy. Then on top of that God tells them to pray for their enemy to prosper. His reason for praying for the enemy to prosper is that if the enemy prospers, so do the Israelites.

Praying for the enemy is something many Christians have no problem doing. However, it is how they pray for the enemy that is different. It is common to hear a Christian pray for his enemy that God would strike them down, or remove them. The focus is to change that person, so that one can have a better life. The problem with this type of prayer is that it is totally self-focused.

Years later Jesus would tell all believers to pray for their enemy and bless them, not curse them. Praying for the prosperity of your enemy is a blessing upon them. Doing this shows the enemy the love of God, not the hatred of people.

Not blessing your enemy will fall back on you in the same way. If the economy of everyone around you is failing, your economy will also fail. If there is no peace with everyone around you, then you will not have any peace either. If there is poverty all around you, then you will also have poverty.

No person can have peace or prosperity completely alone. It takes a community to have either. There will always be some in your community that will be your enemy–those who do not follow Jesus. If they do not prosper, you cannot prosper.

Along with physical prosperity, every person needs to know the love of Jesus. If you are praying against them and for their downfall, where is there any love in that? How will they know the love of Jesus, when all they see is hatred?

You may not always agree with your enemy, but you can pray for God to bless them and draw them closer to Him by His love and care. It is His kindness that will draw them to Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for your enemies; that you will show God’s love to your enemies; that you will be able to pray God’s blessings on your enemies; and that many will come to know Jesus through the love you show them.

Proverbs 25:21-22 How To Treat Your Enemy

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. Proverbs 25:21-22

It is commonly thought that when an enemy does something wrong, the first thing that should be done is to strike back and make the enemy pay for the wrong that was done. The striking back is seen as a punishment. It can be just words, or a physical strike, or some other correction. Today many will take someone to court and get them put in jail or made to pay a fine or some law suit. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth is the mentality of many people.

The idea of the “punishment” is to make the person hurt a little for what he did. Causing pain in some way, is supposed to detour the person from ever doing it again. In this process of punishing the wrong-doers, prisons have been filled to overflowing with those who have done wrong, wars have been waged between nations or groups of people, and millions of innocent people have been hurt.

God has a different plan on how to deal with the enemy. Since you are not God, you do not have the full right to punish the enemy. You are to be like Jesus. He fed the enemy and gave the enemy water to drink. Do you think that every person who ate in the group of 5,000, fully loved and followed Him for who He was? Most likely not.

Solomon says treating an enemy with food and water will heap burning coals on his head. When shown the true love and mercy of God, the person doing wrong will feel the pressure to change. He will realize the wrong that he has been doing.

As a believer, you are to be set apart from the world. You are to be different from the world. The world wants revenge, you must show love and mercy.

When someone has done something wrong to you, the best thing you can do is meet their needs the best way you can. Since their needs were not being met, maybe that is why they treated you wrong.

When you do these kind things, God will see and reward you. His reward will be greater than any person on this earth could give you.

How are you treating your enemies today?

I pray today that you will be filled with God’s love for all; that God will strengthen you to do right to your enemy; and that God will reward you for your love and mercy on others.

Proverbs 24:17-18 Don’t Rejoice At An Enemy’s Fall

Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them. Proverbs 24:17-18

Battles against the enemy is a common thing around the world. No matter where a person goes, there is some enemy in the midst and there is usually a battle going on. Some places the battle is physical and there is direct violence against each other. In most places it is a silent battle of words and quiet actions.

One thing that is common among many people is the rejoicing that occurs when the enemy has fallen or been destroyed. People will be happy when someone who is against them suddenly falls upon hard times or gets hurt badly. They feel as though it is well deserved and got what was coming to them.

Solomon said that people are not to gloat when their enemy falls. This is extreme rejoicing, acting as though they are better than the enemy and the enemy only got what they deserved.

The reason for that is that God would see that action and then begin to have mercy on the enemy and turn away His wrath.

Jesus told the disciples that they needed to love everyone, including their enemies. Rejoicing over the fall of the enemy is not showing His love at all. It is easy to look at the fall of your enemy as a good thing, but in doing so you have forgotten that God still loves that enemy.

God is not one who looks forward to destruction of the enemy. He wants all people to come to Jesus and believe in Him. God wants everyone to live forever with Him. When your enemy falls or is destroyed, they are not in the process of being able to live with Him for eternity.

Jesus said you are to pray for your enemies and do good to them. Gloating over their fall is not showing any good to them. It is not the way of God’s love.

How are you showing God’s love to your enemies today?

Is it with vengeance?

Or is it with mercy and kindness?

Seek God today on how you can have His love for your enemies.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for your enemies; that God will fill you with His love, mercy and kindness; and that you will pray blessings on your enemies, rather than curses and rejoicing in their fall.

Psalm 119:95 When The Enemy Is Out To Get You

The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder your statutes. Psalm 119:95

When a person knows that an enemy is ahead of them, waiting to get them, they do one a several things. Some will take a different route in fear. Some will call for help from others in fear. Some will just stop moving forward and give up in fear. A few will go forward and face the enemy.

Most of the actions that people will do in facing an enemy is have fear. They see that the enemy is out to destroy them and they get locked up in fear.

The psalmist knew that the enemy was out there waiting to destroy him. This was not just to make life rough for him, but to literally kill him off. Instead of being filled with fear, he chose instead to think about God’s Word. What did God’s laws say about this situation is what he chose to think about.

This thinking about the laws of God was not just some quick passing it thought. It was taking time to really think about it, and figure them out. How did God’s laws apply to the situation he was in?

God had said from the beginning that He would be with His people. Throughout the Bible it states that God would never leave or forsake anyone who believes in Him. It also states that He will win the battle in the end, the enemy will be destroyed.

Today as a believer you also have the statement that God’s perfect love casts out fear. This is the fear that cripples a person in the face of the enemy. When you study and think about God’s word, you will see that God is doing His best for your best. As that happens, you can rest assured that God will not allow the enemy to win in the end.

Despite the power and size of the enemy, you do not have to fear anything at all. Turn your eyes and thoughts on to God’s Word and see what He has to say about the situation. Then realize that God is still in control and will be with you.

Believing in Jesus will put you on God’s side, and God will win the battle. If God wins, you also will win. Do not fear when someone is out to destroy you. You cannot be destroyed, unless you allow the enemy to win in your life.

I pray today that God’s love will remove fear in your life; that you will seek out God’s Word; that you will think about God’s Word constantly; and that God will give you victory over your enemy.