“When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: For the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt … let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; For the LORD your God is He that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you” (Deuteronomy 20:1, 3-4).
Battles are bound to happen in your life today. The battles that we face will most likely not be physical enemies who confront us (although they might); they will probably be enemies that rise up from within us. Fear is an enemy that grips many today, both believers and unbelievers. Envy is an enemy that seems to attack at the most unlikely times. Anger can come very quickly and overcome our hearts. Lust can sneak in at the most unexpected times. How do we defend ourselves when facing enemies that seem far too big for us to conquer?
The answer for Israel against the physical enemies of their day is the same answer for us today whether we are facing a physical enemy, or a spiritual enemy. Total reliance on the power of your God! Here we stand complete, “in Christ.” In Christ there is the answer for every obstacle that might be in front of us. When Israel totally relied upon God, He always came through. He did it in some of the most unlikely ways, and with some of the most unlikely weapons and soldiers. He called Gideon a “mighty man of valor” while he hid in this basement threshing wheat. He was basically a coward, who had tremendous fear of the Midianites that have over-taken their land. His fear was so real that when God called him, he asked Him for two signs.
God gave Gideon 32,000 soldiers, and reduced that number to 300. The Midianite army boasted 103,000 soldiers. God gave the 300 Israeli soldiers the weapons of a trumpet, a clay pitcher, and a light. You know the story … these 300 men surrounded the Midianite camp in the middle of the night and on the signal broke their clay pitchers, exposing their lights. The Midianites awoke from a dead sleep and thought there was a formidable army surrounding them. They killed most of the army, and the 300 Israeli soldiers finished off the rest. God was in control.
If God could win this victory for Israel, He can help you win a victory over your fear and any other enemy you will face today. The key is to lean into the Master, and not trust your own fear and lack of understanding of what He is trying to accomplish. Surrender your heart to Him today!
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