1 Samuel 23:27-28 Strange Ways To Protect

a messenger came to Saul, saying, “Come quickly! The Philistines are raiding the land.” Then Saul broke off his pursuit of David and went to meet the Philistines. That is why they call this place Sela Hammahlekoth. 1 Samuel 23:27-28

Situations often arise in which there appears to be no way out, that look hopeless. People will often give up in despair not having any hope of rescue from a bad situation in their life.

When things do suddenly turn in their favor, many will say it was luck or karma, rather than God’s hand changing the situation.

As David was fleeing from Saul and getting trapped with very little hope, the Philistines began to raid the land. Saul stopped chasing after David to deal with the Philistines.

As the world looks to luck or personal skill to get themselves out of bad situations, believers are to look towards God. The enemy will seek to hunt down and destroy believers. In some nations it will be to physically kill them as Saul was doing with David. In other nations, such as America, it will be to destroy their character or witness.

There are times when the enemy is closing in that it appears to be hopeless and impossible to stop. However, God is the God of impossibilities. He can raise up a situation in the life of the enemy to get him to turn a different direction. It will often arise up from out of nowhere, unexpected.

Instead of fearing capture and death from the enemy, believers are to put their trust in God. At the right moment and in the right way God can protect the believer from an attack. This is often done behind the scenes with God working in the hearts and minds of the enemy.

The world is out to destroy you. At times it may appear that the world is closing in on you with no hope of survival, allowing fear to begin to set in. Do not allow fear to rise but put your trust in God.

As you put your trust in God, you will see God turn the tide of the enemy away from you. Suddenly the enemy may turn from you, not from luck or karma, but by the powerful hand of God.

God has a plan for your life and the enemy cannot stop it or change it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God with your life; that God will remove fear of the enemy; that God will turn the attacks of the enemy from you; and that you will see God’s hand of protection upon your life.

1 Samuel 17:10-11 Intimidated By The Enemy

Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified. 1 Samuel 17:10-11

Enemies can be found nearly every place that a person goes. Very often there is an enemy that is a bully and does his best to intimidate others in any way that he can. Sometimes this is just someone abusing their authority, while other times it is just being abusive in any way possible. Facing someone like this will often cause a lot of fear for most people.

Goliath openly stated that he defied the armies of Israel and challenged them to a fight. King Saul and all the Israelites were terrified of him.

Seeing or hearing someone who is being a bully can be intimidating for most people. Very few people have the nerve or braveness to stand up against an enemy that appears to be larger and stronger.

The enemy is not always larger and stronger in the physical sense, but can appear to be stronger in knowledge or communication or some other area in life.

Many believers will often be like Saul and the Israelites and back down and cower in fear, being intimidated by the enemy. The world will act like a bully and try to intimidate believers and cause them to fear. Often this is done with words, but at times physically.

No believer is to be afraid since they have God in their lives. God is perfect love and perfect love casts out all fear. He is also greater than anything the world can throw at the believer.

Every believer is to take a stand on God’s word against the enemy. God will give victory as He did with David against Goliath.

There may be some people in your life that strive to intimidate you and get you to doubt God’s word for you. Do not allow their size, position, knowledge, power or anything else to intimidate you.

Know that God is greater than any other person or thing on this earth. Allow God’s perfect love to cast out all the fear of the enemy. Allow the Holy Spirit to give you the boldness and strength to confront and defeat the enemy of your soul.

In the end you will receive eternal life, if you do not back down from the enemy.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the strength and power God has for you; that God will give you boldness to stand up against the enemy; and that you will see God defeat your enemies in His way and time.

Joshua 21:44 The Enemy Cannot Hold Out

The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hands. Joshua 21:44

Battles occur all over the world on a regular basis. Often the striking enemy is able to overcome those being attacked. This can occur because the strength of the enemy is so great, or that the one being attacked does not have the resources to defend, or that they give up in the fight out of fear.

Every so often there is a very small group that is able to defeat a very large enemy.

God gave the Israelites the promised land and then gave them rest. None of the enemies were able to stand up against the Israelites because God gave them into their hands.

Any person who is following God with all of his heart, mind, soul and strength will have some enemies. While most will not have enemies that physically strike them, there will be enemies that strive to stop them from believing in Jesus or at least distract them in their walk with God.

The most common enemy is inside the heart and mind of each individual. Thoughts will often lead a person astray, giving the enemy victory over the believer.

Jesus defeated the enemy–sin–with His death and resurrection. Then He gave believers all His authority to overcome the enemy and gave His Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen them in their victory.

Believers who choose to not stand in His promises and be led by the Holy Spirit, will be defeated by the enemies in their lives. God has given all that is needed to have victory over the enemy as long as one will take it. The world cannot stand up against a believer who is trusting in God’s promises.

You have enemies in your life that are warring for your soul and mind. It is a battle to get you to sin against God and follow the ways of the world.

God is ready to hand the enemy over into your hands and give you victory, however, you must choose to follow His ways and be led by the Holy Spirit. Do not give in or back down from standing up against the enemy, you are given victory.

Jesus has already defeated the enemy, now stand in that victory.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the victory Jesus has won; that you will stand in God’s power and authority against the enemy; that you will choose to follow God with all of your life; and that you will see God defeat the enemies of your soul.

Joshua 11:5 Joined Forces Against Believers

All these kings joined forces and made camp together at the Waters of Merom to fight against Israel. Joshua 11:5

Wars occur on a regular basis all over the world. At times multiple nations will agree to get together to wage war against another nation. The unified front will often give a greater front against the other nation to be able to stop that nation.

Usually when this occurs it is to stop one nation from taking over everyone else. At other times it is to destroy a nation or a group of people that are not wanted.

A group of kings had gathered together to fight against Israel and keep the Israelites from taking the land.

Just as physical wars are occurring around the world, there is also a spiritual war going on. Demonic forces of this fallen world are set on destroying all believers and at any cost.

In some nations these forces are unified as a whole in the nation banning all belief in God. In other nations, such as America, believers have mostly been free to worship and serve God.

Although there has been some freedom, the world is quickly joining forces to rise up against believers. Sin is promoted as good more and more and anyone against sin is considered a hater and wrong. It is no longer just a few against believers, but whole nations.

Every believer must be ready and prepared for spiritual war against his soul. Believers will often be surrounded by those who are against God and His ways. Although the forces of the world are many, the forces of God are greater and more in number with the believer.

No believer needs to be afraid of the enemy knowing that God is for him and will fight the battle for him.

The world is rising up as a unified front against you. They want to get you to sin against God in whatever way possible. The temptations to sin will come from nearly every angle and location around you.

Do not fear those dark forces but put your focus upon God and trust Him. Know that you are on the winning side and God will give you strength to destroy the attacks of the enemy in your life.

Be willing to destroy the temptations to sin that rise up in your life. Do not entertain them or let those temptations live.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will open your eyes to the temptations that come your way; that you will trust God in the battle for your soul; and that God will remove all fear of the enemy.

Joshua 10:42 God Will Conquer

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

Nations go into battles against other nations on a regular basis. The focus is often on how large one army is over the other and how strategic they can be in order to win the battle.

Very rarely does a smaller nation or a less equipped nation go up against a larger, better equipped nation to battle. If they do, most often they will lose the battle in the end.

Joshua led Israel into many battles against other armies across the land and conquered the land because God fought for Israel.

While most people will never fight in a large-scale nation against nation battle, nearly everyone will have individual battles to fight. In those individual battles, very few will be physical fights, but ones of social and mental battles.

Believers will have even greater battles, because the world and Satan do not want them to win. Those battles will often come from multiple angles at the same time, creating a challenge for the believer.

Fighting a battle with multiple fronts alone is extremely difficult. Very seldom can one win a battle on his own, unless it is one on one.

The strength of the believer to win the battle can be found in God and His word. Throughout the Bible there are verses that tell a believer how to live and win the battle. He also has God’s Holy Spirit dwelling in him, giving him supernatural strength and insight to fight the battles.

Above all of this, God is also fighting for the believer. God sends angels to fight back the enemy. He sends confusion among the enemy to thwart their plans. He blinds the enemy so that they cannot see. God gives victory to the believer.

The moment you chose to believe in and follow Jesus, you became an enemy to the world. Satan and the world are set out to destroy you.

God has you on a path to gain victory over the world and sin. Do not rely upon yourself and your own strength, but upon God and His strength. He will fight for you and give you victory over sin, allowing you to tear down strongholds of darkness and sin in your life and in the lives of those around you, conquering the land for God’s glory.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see God’s hand fighting for you; that you will see the victory God is giving you over sin and the world; and that God will remove all fear at going into battle against the world.