Deuteronomy 20:1 Going To War

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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. 

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Luke 21:19 Stand Firm

“Stand firm, and you will win life.” Luke 21:19

The disciples were looking at all the great looking buildings in Jerusalem and commenting on how great they looked. Jesus tells them that all the things they see will one day be destroyed. He then goes on to tell them some bad news. This news was that they will be persecuted. This persecution would even come from their own families. It would be because of Jesus that they will be persecuted. He continues with the fact that they will not be harmed, but they must stand firm.

As the days pass, the time of persecution is rising more and more. The world is taking a stronger stance against Christians each and every day. Satan is on the warpath. He knows his time is limited, so he is making every effort to stop believers from believing in Jesus.

Jesus said to stand firm. This is standing on what you know is the truth. Do not allow yourself to be persuaded of anything different. The persecution will get very rough. The times will be very tough. You must be willing to hold your ground.

Know that you know that Jesus is the One who is saving you and will return someday. Know the truth that Jesus preached and live it. Do not allow others to change those thoughts.

There are some people, when under persecution, give up. They feel that God has abandoned them and all is lost. Others will feel it is not worth the persecution and pain.

Life with Jesus in heaven will be perfect and for all eternity. There will be no sorrow, pain or suffering in heaven. The suffering and persecution of today is very small and short in light of all eternity.

Do not give up! In the end you will win the crown of life. That life will be for all eternity. What better prize could there be than that?

Each day be willing to be God’s witness and live for Him. God is on your side and you will win.

I pray today that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; that God will strengthen you to follow Him; that you will stand firm in what you know to be true; that you will not allow anyone to deceive you; and that you will know God is by you and with you in all you go through.

Hebrews 1:13 The Winner

“To which  of the angels did God ever say, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet’? Hebrews 1:13

The author is talking about the superiority of Jesus over the angels. Never had God told an angel that He would make the enemies his footstool some day. Yet that is what God said to Jesus. Jesus came to the earth as a baby with the sole purpose of going to the cross to die. It was because of enemies and sin that Jesus had to go to the cross. Once He died on the cross and paid for the sins of the world He was raised from the dead. God said at that time that because of what Jesus had done there would come a day when all His enemies would become His footstool. In other words, Jesus would win in the end.

What does that mean to you today? Every day you may have trials and troubles. There will be people who will hate you and mistreat you. There will be people who use and abuse you. Jesus said you are to turn the other cheek. God said that vengeance will be His, not yours. When you believe in Jesus for your salvation you also become an heir with Him in all that He has and will get. In Jesus you will win the war with sin. In the end you will inherit all of heaven and earth with Jesus. All your enemies will be put down underneath your feet with Jesus at your side.

When will this happen? No one knows the exact day or hour. It will be when Jesus returns to take everyone to be with Him for all eternity in heaven. This tells you that you have a hope of winning the battle some day. It reveals to you that God will have His day of vengeance for all the wrong done to you. All you need to do is stand strong and follow Him in this battle.

I pray that today God will strengthen you in your walk with Him; that you will know the power He has over the enemy; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus in winning the battle; that God will strengthen you to not fall to the enemies tactics.