All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, because the LORD, the God of Israel, fought for Israel. Joshua 10:42
Battles are fought all the time by people everywhere in the world. Some battles are small with just person to person, while others are larger. The levels of the battles can go from individual battles to whole nations or even continents. These battles can also be just words of fighting to thousands of people getting killed.
In each of these battles there is always someone or a group who is leading the fighting. They are giving the directions and guidance as to how to fight and win the battle.
Joshua had been leading the people into the various battles to take over the land of Canaan as God had promised to the Israelites. God had given the direction to go in and destroy every city and everyone in those cities.
As the Israelites were fighting, they were also winning all of the battles. At one point five different kings came up together against the Israelites. In a single campaign, Joshua was able to defeat each of those kings. However, he did not take the credit for winning the battles. He knew that they had won the battles because God had fought for them.
Without God on their side, they would not have won the battles.
Every day believers are also in various battles. They are battling against sin in their own lives, they are battling for the souls of family members, friends, neighbors, and enemies. While the battles may seem personal and the believer is the leader of the battle, it is not the person who wins the battle, it is God.
God is the one who goes with the believer into battle. It is God who gives the strength to win and overcome the enemy.
In your life you will go through some battles. Some will be physical, while the majority will be spiritual. Allow God to guide you in these battles. Allow God to be the one to win the battle with and for you.
Then understand as a battle is won, it was not you had won the battle on your own, but it was God who won the battle. It is God who gives you strength and ability to overcome the enemy.
God is on your side, in that He wants only the best for you–to be like Jesus. This is why He will fight for you. Trust God to win the battles in your life.
I pray today that you will know God’s strength in your life; that you will give God credit for winning battles; that you will allow God to guide you in the battles in your life; and that you will see God’s victory in your life.
Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. Exodus 17:15
Everywhere a person looks he can see banners being flown or set up. Banners are a sign of someone or something of some importance. It is wanted to be known that the person or entity is there.
Flags of nations are the most common banners to be seen world-wide. Yet, there are millions of other banners showing businesses or organizations. Many organizations have their own flag or sign that they put up everywhere signaling who they and that they are there.
When the banner is removed, it is a sign that the person or organization has moved out. They are no longer there. It has been taken down.
Moses and the Israelites were fighting against the Amalekites. As long as Moses had his hands raised, they were winning. As soon as his hands dropped, they would lose the battle. After they had won the battle, he built an altar to God and called it “The Lord is my Banner”.
In order for the Israelites to win the war, Moses had to raise his hands to God. It was a surrender to God’s will and power. The Israelites could not win the battle on their own, it was God’s battle. God’s banner had to be lifted up to let the world, the Amalekites, know that He was there and was fighting the battle.
Often people try to fight the battle on their own. They think that they can win the battle. They take down God’s banner and do not allow His presence in their lives. Many believers have fallen for this problem. They forget to lift up God’s banner and accept Him into their situation in their life. They try to do it on their own, and get defeated.
As a believer, you must always allow God to be in the center of your life. Raise His banner high and let the world know that He is there and is in control. Do not be ashamed of Jesus and hide His banner. He is the great general who will win every battle in this life.
There is no battle so great in your life that Jesus cannot overcome. When you remove His banner, you are saying that you are the one in control and can win the battle on your own. You will fail.
Raise the banner of Jesus for the world to see.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will raise God’s banner up in your life; that you will let everyone know God is in control; and that you will trust God to win the battles in your life
“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.
They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings–and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers. Revelation 17:14
War is something that the majority of people do not want. And even more people do not want to be a part of a war. War always means that many will get hurt or be killed. There is often division during a war, some wanting the war, while others against it.
There are groups of people, who are so much against war of any type, that they will protest and riot against having war or anyone going to war. Yet, despite the like or hatred of war, there is a war going on. It has gone on since the day Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden of Eden.
Satan and this world has been battling against God and Jesus for all time. They do not want Jesus to succeed, so they have waged a war against Him. The goal is to kill as many people as possible, preventing them from getting into heaven.
The war battles are fierce. They are fighting for the mind and soul and many times for the body of every person they can battle with.
Even though it often appears that Jesus is losing this war, he will triumph in the end. He is Lord and King over every person on this earth, whether they like it or not. Along with Him, will be every person who has been called, chosen and a faithful follower.
All people are called, many are chosen, but not everyone is a faithful follower. To be a faithful follower, one must obediently do what Jesus commands, to live as He lived.
Jesus will win the war in the end. You have a choice as to which side of the war will you be on.
Jesus has called you. He wants everyone to be saved. Have you answered that call to follow Him?
Once you have answered the call, you are now chosen. Now you must become a faithful follower. Take a look at your life and see how you are following Jesus.
Are you being His witness? Are you turning away from sin? Are you showing love, mercy and forgiveness? Are you fighting for the kingdom of God?
In all this, are you a faithful follower who will win with Jesus in the end?
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will fight the war with Jesus; that you will be found to be a faithful follower of Jesus; and that you will fight in knowing Jesus will win the war in the end.
To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Revelation 3:21
Getting a reward is something many people want. They look forward to being victorious and getting the reward that is being offered. Football players look forward to getting the Superbowl ring for a reward of their hard work at playing the game. Workers strive for the employee of the year for their hard work. There are thousands of different rewards out there of every type that people desire.
With any of the rewards it does take work and dedication. A person has to be focused on what he is doing in order to earn the reward. He has to be victorious in the work being done.
Just believing in Jesus and repenting of sins brings a reward of eternal life for every believer. It is something that they may look forward to getting.
Jesus also points out that there is a reward for being victorious. This reward is the same that He had received, to be able to sit on a throne. When Jesus rose from the dead, victorious, He was allowed to sit on the Father’s throne. Now, when a believer is victorious in following Him, he will be allowed to sit on the throne of Jesus.
Victorious means that a person will continually turn from sin, obey God’s commands, do the work God has sent for him to do, be a witness for Jesus and build His kingdom on this earth.
To do any of these things, a person must be focused on God. He must make his life dedicated to serving God with all of his abilities. This has nothing to do with salvation, but with serving God.
Just as with any victory, being victorious in your own life will take some work. It takes focus to turning away from all sin and seeking ways to serve God in every moment of your life.
Jesus is waiting to hand out the reward of sitting on His throne to every one who is victorious. It is not just for one or two people. It is for you and everyone else who is victorious in following Him.
Ask yourself if you are being victorious in your walk with God. Are you doing all you can to get that reward?
I pray today that you will know what God has in store for you; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; that you will be His witness in this world; and that you will receive the reward God has for you.