5.7.2020 The Battle Belongs to the Lord
WORD FOR THE WARRIOR MAY 7, 2020
https://youtu.be/Qp_PolBwjEw THE BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD ---- ANOINTED SONG FOR TODAY
WILL GOD FIGHT MY BATTLES?
In Exodus 14:14 Moses tells the children of Israel, “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
At that moment, they were standing at the edge of the Red Sea, hemmed in by the sea before them and the Egyptian army behind. The Israelites are in a seemingly impossible situation, but it was a situation brought on by the Lord Himself. It was God who had hardened Pharaoh’s heart to pursue the fleeing slaves. Why would God do such a thing? The Bible gives some of the reasons: because God wanted to make it crystal clear to Egypt that He is LORD so that He got the glory over Pharaoh. And because God wanted to teach Israel that He is their Deliverer and their Salvation. They were incapable of escaping the situation on their own—they needed only to wait for God to move on their behalf. The battle that appeared to be between the Egyptians and the Israelites was in reality between the Egyptians and the Lord. The lessons believers can learn from the Exodus account can be powerful and life-changing. When Christians trust God to fight their battles, it enables them to circumvent what often accompanies conflict, i.e., panic, fear, and hopelessness. There are times when we can see absolutely no way around a problem, just like Israel when they were cornered. It’s quite probable not one of the Israelites ever imagined that the massive sea was going to split down the middle, providing their way of escape. When Christians believe God’s Word, they learn that no battle is too formidable or monumental for God to handle. Moses tells the new generation to avoid their fathers’ lack of trust: “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes” (Deuteronomy 1:29–30). As God’s people obeyed in faith, they would find triumph at every turn. “Victory rests with the LORD” (Proverbs 21:31). Israel, like many Christians today, had forgotten the previous battles God had fought for them all along the way. The Israelite spies had seen “giants” in the land, just like Christians today see “giant” obstacles, complications, and problems that seem too large to conquer. To let the “giants” steal our faith only leaves defeat and a lack of assurance in the God who is in control of every problem, in spite of its size. God is in control, but that does not mean Christians get to avoid the battles—in fact, the Bible states the opposite (2 Timothy 3:12). “Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope” (Romans 5:3–4). In order for a believer to live a life of endurance, character, and hope, we must put on our armor (Ephesians 6:10–17) and trust the Deliverer. We “put no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3). Our confidence is in God, who will fight our battles and bring us safely home (Jude 1:24–25). “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:7).
TOMORROW’S WORD FOR THE WARRIOR WILL BE ABOUT THE AUTHORITY GOD HAS GIVEN US TO USE IN BATTLES—DON’T MISS IT!
LET’S PRAY: Abba Father, we place our trust in you today and know that you love us more than we can ever imagine. You will fight for us, protect us and keep us—when we place our lives in your hands—when we commend our spirits onto you each day, and believe in your POWER to do all things necessary. We know that you’ve given us responsibilities and assignments too—which require our UTMOST FAITH to accomplish! We ask for MOUNTAIN MOVING FAITH, THE SPIRITUAL GIFT OF FAITH TODAY—in Jesus’ Name, Amen.