The holy call to courage

Clouds-and-sun‘When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them… the priest shall come forward and address the army. He shall say: Hear O Israel today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. For the Lord your God is the One who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to give you victory!’ (Deut 20:3, 4)

There is a war in the heavenly realms. The Bible teaches that. If you believe in it or not, there is a spiritual war going on.
The Christian is a soldier in God’s army. We are ‘the willing volunteers of Israel’, servants and worshipers of King Jesus.
The Bible talks about enemies, strategies and weapons. We are encouraged, better said we are commanded, to enroll into the army of Christ! The peace of God is not just the absence of trouble, but complete victory at the end of a deadly war.
The devil has his followers who are his hirelings and mercenaries. He is a warrior too and has won many victories against sinners in the past. No man can resist him outside the power of the Holy Spirit available in Christ!
At the Cross of Christ, the devil has been totally defeated and put to an open shame, as a liar, deceiver and a blasphemer.
We do not struggle against ‘flesh and blood’, I mean human beings on earth. The war is against the evil spirits in the heavenly places. These demons possess or influence people, but the people are not our target. We have to identify the particular demon that attacks the Body of Christ. The battle requires focus, patience, self-denial, the study of God’s Word and prayer.
The call to warfare always starts with the call to courage! The priests blow the trumpet and they are the first to address the army. Next, the commanding officers come to eliminate anyone who is double minded about the war. If any man who is not a priest blows that trumpet, that man is to be killed. The priests encourage, pray and bless the soldiers. The soul of the soldiers is more important than the fitness of their bodies. The only Word that gives courage to fight to the end is this: ‘God is with you!’
The greatest enemy is internal. It is called fear! Cowards betray the vision of victory. Fear is a plague; it is highly infectious. If tolerated, it spreads fast to the whole army. Fear is like the leaven in the flour, it corrupts the whole lump.
The priests are not just general encouragers. They are God’s messengers, the holy inspectors who finally decide who goes into the battle and who does not. If a soldier simply says: ‘I am afraid…’ that sentence alone is an excuse for military duty. The man can go home to his family. Shame will be his portion for being a coward, but he shall be honored for his open honesty.
The number of the soldiers is not important. Israel did not have a professional stand -by army. The willing volunteers, the citizens made the army in case of a national call. Israel did not have horses and chariots. The only encouragement to the soldiers was that Jehovah was in their midst. If God is with us, we are the majority. It is the presence of God that decrees the victory. Tozer said: ‘It is not the praying or fighting sheep that the wolf fears. It is the presence of the Shepherd in their midst’

IN CHRIST I DECREE
I have heard the call to battle! The Banner of the King of kings is lifted on high! O Lamb of God, I come, I come…
Here I am! Send me!
I reject the evil spirit of fear! I am filled with power, love and sound mind!
I do not trust in horses and chariots! I do not trust in multitudes! I trust in the Lord of Hosts who shows me mercy!
I am in God’s army and I fight His battles! He is with me and He fights my enemies!
I can never lose! I shall always win! 100%!
I am always lead by God’s Spirit in a triumphal procession, spreading everywhere the fragrance of Christ’s victory!
I do not help evildoers! I do not betray God’s interests! My face is set like a flint towards the Cross of Christ!
At the sight of our banner of victory, the enemy is confused, afraid and defeated!
The wheels of their chariots have sunk in the mud! They have abandoned them and flee!
My enemy has abandoned his victims; they are now my prisoners of war! They are all at the feet of Jesus, My Commander!
I shall enjoy the spoils of war for the increase of God’s kingdom on earth and for His glory!
I crossed over into my Promised Land!
My enemy hunted me but perished in the pursuit!
I look for my persecutors and I see them no more!
I am not afraid even if the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, for God is ever with me!
My God is within me! I shall not fall!
My God breaks the bow, shatters the spear and He burns the enemy’s shield with fire! I see a powerless, disgraced shadow!
My God, Immanuel: God is with us and none can be against us!
The ones with us are more than the ones against us!
My God brings disaster on my evil persecutors! They shall fall at my feet and confess: ‘God loves you!’
My God troubles them that trouble me!
My God rebukes my enemies; all their horses and chariots lie down in the sleep of death!
My God breaks the spirit of my enemies! They are all running away, hiding in desert caves unable to fight anymore!
My God is feared by all the kings of the earth!
My God is able to end all wars and He decrees victory for His people!
All power and majesty, all honor and praise, be unto our God forever and ever!
In Jesus name,
Amen!’

CHARIOTS IN THE SKY!
I can never fear the chariots of men…my God’s chariots are clouds in the sky; they cover me with the shadow of His wings!
‘Praise the Lord, my soul!
Lord my God, You are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty!
The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment;
He stretches out the heavens like a tent
and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot
and rides on the wings of the wind.
He makes winds His messengers,
flames of fire His servants’ (Ps 104:1-4)

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