1 Samuel 17:47 Whose Battle Is It?

Soldier in forest

“All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:47

All over the world there are different types of battles occurring. Soldiers are in physical battles against some enemy, risking their lives. The soldier is not the one who chose to go to battle, but some higher authority in their government, he is just following orders. The battle is not his, but his government’s.

Individual people are battling many types of sickness and poverty, yet most did not choose that path or have a cause in it. Others are battling people who are treating them badly. It is not their choice, but it is still a battle.

As David brought food to his brothers, he came up to a battle that was occurring. He did not start the battle or even choose for the battle to happen, yet, he became a part of it. David went up against Goliath,  because He knew whose battle it really was. Goliath was not fighting people, but God. It was God’s battle and God would have to win it.

Every believer is in a battle for their own soul and for the souls of other people around the world. This battle is greater than any individual, any church, or any group of believers, it is a battle that had begun in heaven with Satan against God. It is a battle against sin.

No one is able to win this battle against sin on their own. This is a battle that belongs to God. God had won that battle when Jesus died and the cross and rose from the dead. He conquered sin and death for all eternity, for anyone who accepts it.

Just as David realized the battle was not his to win, you must also realize that the battles you are facing in your life are not yours to win, but God’s.

Allow God to guide your weapons against sin to overcome the sin in your life and around you. Allow God to break down the enemy’s strongholds in your life and in the lives of those around you.

God will use you to win the battle, but it is by His power, His strength, His wisdom and His ability, not yours. Go forward bravely into battle knowing God will win the battle for you. It is His battle.

I pray today that you will know God’s power; that you will know God’s heart; that you will know God will fight the battle for your soul; and that God will help you win every battle in your life. 

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Deuteronomy 20:1 Going To War

Young man by wall

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.