By Joshua Iginla
“When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, 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. And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people, and …(Deut 20 vV 1- 4)
It is not an error to be engaged in life battles, but it is a grave error as a child of God for you to be constantly defeated by the devil in the battles of your life and destiny. When you constantly lose your spiritual battles it means that something is wrong with your spiritual identity and status; you need to conduct a spiritual check to ascertain and reaffirm your right standing with God. In our scripture reading, we are made to understand that our life battles are of the Lord, and not of us. God has never and can never be defeated in any battle; so if you lose the battle it simply means that God was not fighting on your side. Today, 1 call on the God of this Commission to take over your battles, and you shall hold your peace, in Jesus name.
Life is resplendid with battles: not just the physical battles that we see, but moreso the unseen spiritual battles we encounter. We have dreams and apparitions of battles: situations where one is being fed in the dream and it manifests physically; cases of people being chased in the dream by people they ought to be chasing. Spiritual battles are real and do exist even till this date but don’t be afraid for God is on your side and he will fight for you; 1 declare: fire will-consume your enemies, in Jesus name.
The Bible in Exodus 15:3 – 6 talks about the wrath of God in battles: “The Lord is a man of war: the Lord is his name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains are all drowned in the Red sea. The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone. Thy right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power: thy right hand O Lord hath dashed in pieces the enemy”. Jeremiah 33: 3 says thus: “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not”. Psalms 50:15 affirms thus: “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me”. Our God is a professional combatant in life’s battles; he will contend with those that contend with you; he will smoke them out and bring them to nought; he will restore all your lost grounds and glory; you will not be put to shame, in Jesus name.
In 1 Kings 18:20 – 40 we are told the story of Elijah and Ahab’s 450 false prophets of Baal wherein he challenged them to the epic Battle of the Gods: “And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, how long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. Then Elijah said unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.. .And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, it is well spoken.,. Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, the Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God. And Elijah said unto them, take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there”.
The battle wasn’t for Elijah but it was for God. When an enemy L fails in attacking you, he goes for your children; every fight against you is a fight against God; that attack on you is to test the God that is behind you^and of whom you worship. The battle was for God but the victory was Elijah’s.;When you win a battle the glory goes to God but the trophy and accolades goes to you. This was the case when David killed Goliath! God took the glory; but listen to what the women of Israel had to say about David in 1 Samuel 17:7 as they eulogised him; “And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands”. The battle is of the Lord; he will show himself strong and wrought great victory for you with his mighty hand, in Jesus name.
Anytime there is a raging storm and enormous battle in your life be sure to know that God is there for you; he goes for battles that are far above and beyond you so that the glory should be his and not yours; don’t be afraid of the enemy but allign with God and your victory will be assured. Greater is he that is in you than is in the world! In John5:4 we are assured: “For whatsoever is bom of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith”. In accordance with our reading in Deuteronomy 20: 1 and 4: God’s interest in the battle is for your own good, peace, joy, blessing, victory, protection, promotion and preservation. He will stand to fight your battles and your enemies will bow at your feet, in Jesus name.
We fight and fail when we tend to fight for ourselves; God steps aside from any battle you embark on your, own; he can never share his glory with any man. It is best to step aside and let God take charge;- let go and let God fight on your behalf: “And Moses said unto the people, fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will show to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold thy peace”. God does not need your collaboration and or partnership to fight on your behalf; all he requires is your invitation and agreement; he will not come if not called into action. When you invite God into your battles he comes with a legal authority and full audacity to act. I declare: a glorious return awaits you; by reason of this our 13th YEAR ANNIVERSARY celebrations, your enemies shall not survive; I announce their obituaries, in Jesus name.
To be continued…