After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.” 2 Chronicles 20:21
For many people, going into battle is a time of fear and trembling. No one really does not know if they are going to survive the battle or not. It is often dangerous in various ways. The level of fear increases if the enemy is larger and more powerful in appearance.
Going into battle against Ammon and Moab, Jehoshaphat had some men lead the army of Judah with singing of praises to God. They were giving thanks to God and proclaiming that His love lasts forever.
Battles are a part of life for every person. Most battles are not ones of physical fighting, as the army of Judah were fighting, but battles of the mind and soul.
The enemy of every person is the devil, who is out seeking whom he can kill and destroy. His number one focus is against believers, striving to get them to sin against God.
Often the devil looks very large and dangerous. It appears that there is no way to win the battle and that one will fail. Many will run away in fear or give into the desires of the world.
Instead of giving into the world and devil, believers need to turn their focus upon God and sing praise to Him as the march into the battlefield. When giving God praise, the believer is putting His trust in God and not focusing on how large and dangerous the enemy may be. God will give the victory, when He is given the praise and thanks.
The world is out to destroy you and turn you away from God. It is a battle for your soul. Going into battle may is never easy nor fun, but with God all things are possible.
Do not allow yourself to focus upon what the enemy looks like, but put your mind upon God. Give God praise for who He is. Give God thanks for what He has done in your past. Give God thanks for what He will do. Remember His great love for you. Then trust God to give you the victory over the enemy of your soul as you go into battle each day.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will continually sing praises to God; that you will give thanks to God; that you will know His great love for you; and that you will see God give victory over the enemy of your soul.
Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard–those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.” 2 Kings 19:6
The enemy of any people group or of a nation will always strive to spread false truths to bring down the morale of the people and raise up more fear. Whenever people begin to fear, they become more vulnerable and can be more easily overcome or swayed to a different way of thinking and acting.
Hezekiah was terrified at the threats of Sennacherib. Isaiah told him that God said to not be afraid of the words Sennacherib spoke against Him.
Every believer has enemies that are trying to tear them down and overcome them with fear. The world threatens believers on a regular basis in many different ways. Their desire is to cause the believer to fear and give into their ways.
Although the world appears to be tough and powerful, they are nothing in the eyes of God. No one can overcome the power and authority of God in the life of one who believes and follows Him with all of his heart.
God has a plan for all of His people, the believers and the world cannot overcome that plan. At most the world can take the physical life of a believer, but then he is promoted into eternity with God.
Instead of believing the threats of the world, believers must turn to God and believe His word in their lives. When Jesus rose from the dead, He had overcome the worst that the world can throw at a believer.
God speaks truth while the world is speaking lying threats and fear. Do not fear the lies but believe God’s truth.
As a believer there will be some in the world who will threaten you in various ways. The world does not want you to believe in and follow God and will do whatever it takes to break you down.
Do not allow yourself to be overcome with fear, but trust in the Lord your God who has overcome death defeating the enemy. Do not believe the lies that the world is speaking in blasphemy against God to cause you to fear.
Know that Jesus is with you, and He has overcome death. The enemy cannot defeat God nor you.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as Lord and Savior; that you will know the power God has; that you will believe God’s words; that God will strengthen you to not believe the threats of the world; that you will have peace in following God; and that God will defeat your enemies.
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.
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.