Friend, do you know the Lord fights for us and with us? This is a very encouraging truth to ponder and store in our hearts and minds when we fight with our enemies and enter our battles.
The Lord Fights for Us and with Us
We may not have physical enemies, but we enter battles and wage war daily. Our enemies may be invisible, but they are real and strong. Perhaps our enemies today are called fear, depression, anxiety, addiction, anger, disappointment, rejection, relational hurt, offense, lies, or negative thought patterns. Whatever they are, know that the Lord is stronger than all of them and He wants to give us victory over them. Not only that, He is ready and willing to fight for us and with us.
We find this truth and valuable encouragement for our battles in the biblical account about the sun standing still in the book of Joshua, chapter 10. Let me share with you several specific encouragements and helpful instructions for our battles based on Joshua, chapter 10.The Lord is stronger than all our enemies and He wants to give us victory over them. #victory #encouragement #Biblestudy Click To Tweet
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#1 The Lord Gives Us Victory
The first encouragement we can glean from this biblical text for the time when we face our enemies is that the Lord gives us victory.
The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.” (Joshua 10:8)
We should push through our fear, knowing that with God on our side, we can have victory over all our enemies. This is the first step–not to avoid the battle, not to run and hide, but to hear and accept God’s encouragement and get prepared for a battle.
In Jesus Christ, God has given us victory over sin and death. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can overcome everything that wages war against our souls.
#2 The Lord Helps Us to Defeat Completely Our Enemies
The Lord wants to give us not just a temporary victory, but a complete victory. This may take time in our lives and be more like a process than a one-time event, but His will stays the same. Here is how He helped Joshua and the Israelites in this respect:
“The Lord threw them into confusion before Israel, so Joshua and the Israelites defeated them completely at Gibeon.” (Joshua 10:10)
Friend, if you still fight an enemy for a long time, take courage today and decide to press on for a complete victory.
#3 The Lord Fights with Us
It is very encouraging to know that the Lord fights not only for us but with us. He assists us in our battles, doing most of the work and what is impossible for us. Here is what he did for the Israelites in their battle with the five Amorite kings:
“As they fled before Israel on the road down from Beth Horon to Azekah, the Lord hurled large hailstones down on them, and more of them died from the hail than were killed by the swords of the Israelites.” (Joshua 10:11)
Isn’t this amazing? More of their enemies died because of what the Lord did compared to what the Israelites did. The same is true in our battles today. The Lord fights with us, taking the heaviest part of the battle, and doing the impossible for us.The Lord fights with us, taking the heaviest part of the battle, and doing the impossible for us. #spiritualwarfare #Biblestudy #encouragement Click To Tweet
#4 God Will Give Us Enough Time to Win the Victory
Some battles will take longer than others. Some battles may take days, months, or years. But God will always give us enough time to win the victory and overcome our enemies. With Joshua and the battle with the Amorite kings, God even made the sun stand still in the sky, giving the Israelites enough time to destroy their enemies.
“On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down for about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!” (Joshua 10:12-14)
#5 The Lord Frees Us from Our Fear During the Battle
Besides victory over our enemies, the Lord does something much more valuable–He delivers us from the fear in our battles. He urges us to come close to our enemies and take a good look at them in the light of God’s presence and power. As Joshua invited the army commanders, the Lord invites us to put our feet on the necks of our enemies. In ancient times, this was a gesture expressing humiliation and complete obedience.
“When they had brought these kings to Joshua, he summoned all the men of Israel and said to the army commanders who had come with him, “Come here and put your feet on the necks of these kings.” So they came forward and placed their feet on their necks.” (Joshua 10:24)
God’s Encouragement for Our Battles
God wants us to involve Him in our battles. He is a Fighter, fighting for us and with us, always on our side. We have His limitless love, wisdom, power, and resources at our disposal in the war with the enemies of our souls. Let’s hear once again His wonderful encouragement through the mouth of Joshua:
Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.” (Joshua 10:25)
The Lord wants us to be strong and courageous in the face of our enemies because He has promised to destroy all of them and help us live in freedom and victory.
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More Encouragement for You
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Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Forward: Discovering God’s Presence and Purpose in Your Tomorrow by David Jeremiah
Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics by William Lane Craig
Hope When Life Unravels: Finding God When It Hurts by Adam Dooley
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