November 12, 2012

“Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is He who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.” Deut. 20:3-4     

The Confederate General, Stonewall Jackson, got his nickname at the 1st Battle of Bull Run. As the battle raged, he calmly sat astride his horse. Gen. Bee rallied his troops by shouting, “Look, men! There is Jackson standing like a stone wall! Let us determine to die here & we will conquer.” Where does courage come from; why is it that some do not lose heart? You may think that is a theoretical question since it is not likely that you will find yourself on battlefield today. However, we need to remember that we are in a spiritual war. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us that we have an adversary, the devil, who is prowling around, seeking someone to devour. That is who we are up against. Our battlefield is the mind for the control of our hearts. Defeats take the form of compromise, indifference, denial, timidity…why don’t we always stand like a stone wall in our faith? Why do our hearts faint in the face of temptation? It is when we forget who is fighting for us and try to wage the war in our own strength that we get into trouble. Just like the Israelites, God is the one who fights for us against our enemy. We are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and fellow heirs of Christ.   There is no need to fear or panic or anything to dread. The victory is ours – we just need to let God fight the battle and stand like a stone wall.

PRAYER: Lord, I thank you for fighting for me. Thank you for the victory that I have only through you. Help me this day to live in that victory. Help me, a man of little faith, when I begin to faint in the face of the swirling concerns of this life. Lord, continue to set my feet on firm ground. Make my faith a stone wall.  Amen

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