Deuteronomy 20:1 Going Into Battle

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

Wars are occurring on a regular basis all around the world. While some are wars with actual guns and bombs, many are wars of emotions, intellect, standards or other such things against self, others or organizations.

Often one side can appear very large and overwhelming to the other. Choices of to battle or not are often made based on the size of both groups.

Moses told the Israelites that when they go to war against an enemy that is larger than they are, they are not to be afraid because God, who brought them out of Egypt, is with them.

Outside of fighting in the military most people will never have to face and enemy with physical guns and bombs going against them. However, everyone who is a believer will still have enemies to face.

These enemies will be friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors or other people they meet, along with society as a whole and spiritual forces working against them. The world is against the believer and will often do whatever it takes to try and take him down.

Looking at the enemies of God in the world, they appear to have better weapons and are greater in number. Some believers will back down from the battle out of fear of the over looming enemy, forgetting the battles God has already won for them.

Instead of fearing the enemy, one needs to remember the battles God has already won in his life, especially the battle over sin and death and go forward into battle. The enemy may inflict injury, but he cannot destroy the soul as God can. God is greater than the enemy.

As a believer, you will have many enemies rise up against you. The world is out to stop you and will do what it can to bring about that accomplishment.

Regardless of how large and powerful the enemy may appear to be, God is greater. Jesus has already defeated sin and death and will be able to defeat your enemy.

Do not allow yourself to fear the enemy but put your trust in God to help you win the battle. He brought you this far to not let you be destroyed.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will remember the battles God has won in your life; that God will strengthen you to remove all fear of the enemy; and that you will see God win the battles against the enemies of your soul.

1 Corinthians 7:23 You Were Bought For A Price

You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings. 1 Corinthians 7:23

No one really likes to be a slave. People all over the world like to have freedom to be able to do what they want. Slavery binds a person to another person and is not allowed to choose what they can or cannot do at any given time.

While slavery has been virtually abolished in some countries, it does still thrive in others, and in every nation around the world, there is a different type of slavery occurring.

Paul, talking to the believers in the Corinthian church, tells them that they were bought at a price and that they should never be a slave to other humans.

Even though America has abolished slavery, millions of people are allowing themselves to be enslaved to other people. This can be seen most commonly through financial debt to another person or organization.

However, it can also be seen in bound in slavery to friends, giving into the pressure to live a certain way that goes against God. People are enslaved to work so that they can purchase things that they don’t need, in order to live up to the Jones’ expectations.

Slavery to the world and the things of the world will only result in disappoint and death in the end.

God, in His perfect love, sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross, so that He could purchase every one who would believe in Him. His death was the price paid to give life. The one who believes in Jesus, is now a slave to God, owned by God.

Living as a slave to God will result in eternal life with Him in heaven. While living as a slave to God on this earth, one will experience a true life of peace, joy, and contentment that the world cannot offer.

If you have chosen to believe in Jesus, you are now a slave to God. Your life is to be laid out before God to control in every area. God, being a God of perfect holiness and love, will only do what is best for you.

He is not a harsh and selfish master that is out to destroy you, but one that is loving and wants to build you up.

Allow your life to be dictated and led by God. Be a slave to God, not to man or the things of this world. You were bought for a price and belong to God now.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to be your Master; that God will break the chains of slavery in your life to the world; and that you will know the true freedom you have in Jesus.

Acts 6:3 Would You Fit The Order?

Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them Acts 6:3

Every business place that is looking to hire someone has a list of what they are looking for in the new hire. The purpose of having this list is to give them a guideline as to who to look for that would have the capabilities to do the job as needed.

As this is done, some will be weeded out, while another will get the job. Some fit the job description, others do not.

Work was needed to be done in getting food to some widows. The church decided to choose seven men who are known to be full of the Spirit of God and wisdom to do the work.

Some people are willing to do any work, regardless of what it is or how much they know about it. Although the eagerness to work is great, sometimes it is not enough to be able to actually get the work done correctly. More is often needed.

In the church some people are extremely eager to do ministry, but do not have the leading of the Holy Spirit or the wisdom needed. Even though someone like that may be able to do the job a little, when one is being led by the Holy Spirit and is using the wisdom of God, a lot more can be done, more efficiently.

Many people in the church may be saved, but are not always allowing themselves to be led by the Holy Spirit. They are just believing in Jesus and not much more. They are not allowing themselves to be used by God as much as is possible.

Being led by the Holy Spirit and full of God’s wisdom brings one to a greater level.

You may be a believer who has learned a lot, but are you one who is full of God’s Holy Spirit? Are you being led by His Holy Spirit, or by your own experience and thoughts?

Allow God to fill you and lead you with His Holy Spirit. As you do this, God will be able to do so much more in and through you than ever before.

If you were in the church in Acts, would they have been able to choose you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; that you will have God’s wisdom; and that you will do the work needed by God for you to do.

Matthew 27:14 A Time To Be Silent

But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge–to the great amazement of the governor. Matthew 27:14

Accusations are one thing that most people can expect to happen at some point or another. People will see something or think that they saw something and begin to quickly accuse someone of doing wrong without any real facts to it.

When things like this occur, most people are very quick to defend themselves. They will give every reason as to why one should not believe the accusations. Keeping quiet and ignoring the accusations is one thing most refuse to do.

As Jesus was being tried in a court for doing wrong, He would not make any statements defending Himself. He neither accepted nor denied the charges being brought against Him to the amazement of everyone.

No one likes to be accused of doing something wrong when they have done nothing wrong. Most people will rise up to fight against the accusations with everything that they can.

As Jesus was being accused, one thing that Jesus was also doing was what the Father wanted Him to do and say. He knew that it was the Father’s will that He be tried, accused and sentenced to death. And He was not going to be the one to stop it and go against the Father’s will.

Believers need to be in tune with what God is doing in their lives. There will be times that God uses false accusations against the believer to do something. The believer must know when to speak up and fight back and when to keep silent and accept what is happening. This can only be done by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

God used the false accusations against innocent Jesus to bring about salvation for any who would believe.

There will be times when people will make a false accusation against you. At those times you must seek God’s direction as to what to do or say or not to do or say.

Do not allow pride and self to quickly rise up and strike back, if it is not God’s will to fight back. God may be using that situation to build you up or to build someone else up.

The world will see your actions and take note. They will see when it is God working through you. Know when to speak up and when to be silent.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be guided by the Holy Spirit in what to do or say; that you will only do what God directs you to do; that God will give you strength and favor in times of false accusations; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Acts 7:51 Resisting God’s Holy Spirit

You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Acts 7:51

Following the guidance of someone is often difficult for many people to do. Most people feel as if they know what is best and can accomplish everything on their own.

Pride is what often gets in the way. One is given some guidance, but it is rejected, because it makes the person feel as though he is inferior or a failure. With this mind-set, many reject any guidance or help.

As the people were getting ready to stone Stephen, he recounts to them the history of Israel. He finishes with telling them that they are just like their ancestors, resisting God’s Holy Spirit.

Many people will claim to have a belief in God and are willing to follow Jesus. They have prayed the sinner’s prayer and made a proclamation to believe in Jesus. This is a good thing to do, but it is only the beginning of walking with God as a believer.

Once Jesus left the earth, He sent His Holy Spirit to teach, empower, lead and guide each believer in how to really live for God. Over the many centuries this has not changed. The Holy Spirit still guides people, however, many reject His leading.

Many believers are in church today who continue to walk purposefully in sinful ways. It is common to hear a person say that is just who he is and cannot change. They are rejecting the leading of the Holy Spirit to live a righteous and holy life before God and man. They are choosing to continue to live with sin just as the Israelites did in the wilderness.

Every believer needs to heed the leading and teaching of the Holy Spirit to live as God desires them to live.

As you follow Jesus, are you being led by His Holy Spirit? God wants to show you the best way to live your lives. He is there to guide you on how to turn away from sin and live in obedience and love towards God.

Instead of rejecting or ignoring God’s Holy Spirit’s guidance, accept it and be willing to change. Do not resist the Holy Spirit as the Israelites did and were killed by God.

Hear what God is telling you to do and then do it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s Holy Spirit speaking to you; that you will obey God’s directions; that you will live the holy life that the Holy Spirit is directing you in; and that you will not resist God’s leading.