Monday, April 25, 2016

Let God Fight For You!

“Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.” (Exodus 14:19-20) 

“The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them…” 

David said, “You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.” (Psalm 139:5)  When God’s people follow Him, nothing can defeat them. The Lord led Israel step by step out of their bondage in Egypt. And when the enemy pursued them and tried to overtake them, the Lord in whom they trusted withdrew to the rear and, No, you cannot touch these people, they are mine, hands off!

“…coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel."  

In 1 Samuel we read “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s…” (1 Samuel 17:47) Friend, whether it’s Egyptians pursuing you in chariots with spears, or the battles within your heart, “the battle is the LORD’s.” He WANTS you to let Him fight for you.  Through Peter God says to us, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7).  Moses wrote, “Do not be afraid of them; the LORD your God himself will fight for you." (Deuteronomy 3:22) And the Apostle Paul said, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) 

The key is submission to God. "Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)  Our only real battle is against our own flesh. “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other…” (Galatians 5:17) The flesh wants to take matters into its own hands and fight! But there is no peace or victory in that. When we surrender to God and to His Spirit--all other battles are His.  He will fight for us and lead us to genuine victory and peace.

“…the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side so neither went near the other…” 

Oh how the enemy loves “gray.” He loves to blur the lines between light and darkness, right and wrong. But God is a god of clear lines and clear choices. He is not vague in His commands. In his second letter to the Christians living in Corinth, Paul wrote, “what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)  Light is undesirable to the godless. Jesus said, “Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19) But Christ-followers, who have humbly allowed the light to expose them, have confessed their sin and received grace.  Grace brings us into the light, "...he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves..." (Colossians 1:13)  David wrote, “The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1) Like Joshua, all of Gods people are called to say, “…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." (Joshua 24:15) The choice could not be clearer, “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:6-7) 

Walk in the light today my friend. Submit to the Lord and lay all of your battles in the hands of the God who said, “Do not be afraid of them; the LORD your God himself will fight for you." (Deuteronomy 3:22)

Until next time...
Blessings,
Brad

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