The Battle Belongs To The Lord

 
 

Lesson 3 Your Victory Is Assured

But the Lord said to Gideon, The people  are still too many; bring them down to the water and I will test them for you there. Then it will be that of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ the same shall go with you; and of whomever I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ the same shall not go. (Judges 7:4)”

It happened on the same night that the lord said to him, ”Arise, go down against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand (Judges 7:9).”

Be reminded that the title of this series is The Battle Belongs To God. God wants to be in charge. Whether it is an assignment or just ordinary battles of life with the enemy of our souls, God is the commander in chief. Here Gideon is under directions on who to take to the battle ground and who not to. This means God chooses the resources we will use in battles, especially when it comes to people fighting alongside us. He used his own filtering method to ensure Gideon had only the right people with him in the battle ground. When we serve with the people God has handpicked then we are assured of victory. These usually end up being people who are single minded and have a dedication to the mission of God. You will not have to fight arrogance and pride in them. They are in it for God’s glory and not for personal gain.

After God has sorted out the people He wants to use in the battle He tells Gideon, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand.” This is very powerful beloved. I pray that you get it. Gideon was going to battle with the Midianites. He was ready for a fight, to do whatever it took to bring victory. Then God says I have delivered your enemies into your hand. Do you notice the tense of the statement? As far as God is concerned it is a done deal. It is over. In other words God determines which side wins. Do you get it? The battle is not about Gideon and the Midianites or Israel and the Midianites. The battle belonged to God. He alone decides which side walks out with victory. It doesn’t matter how big or vast the enemy is.  God has the final word. Let me ask you a question, what battle are you facing today? I dare you to name it. Be encouraged by this: the outcomes of our battles are decided upstairs, in the counsel of God. As long as God is in it, as long as He is in the ring fighting with you, you cannot lose the battle. You may be knocked down, but cannot be knocked out. He is your couch, and also the referee of the match. He will not blow the final whistle until you have decisively won. Hallelujah!!

I sense the anointing again. Somebody reading this is receiving a specific word for the battle in his or her life. God says, “go down against the adversary, I have delivered him into your hands!” It doesn’t matter the nature or size of your battle. Go down against it. Go down against cancer, against demons, against sickness and diseases, against poverty, against examinations, against visas, against the spirit behind your wicked boss or spouse, and against obstacles standing in your way. God is in the ring directing your punches. Like the way He directed David’s stone, your Goliath will fall down. God will give the mandatory ten counts, and then blow the whistle! Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph through Christ Jesus, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge place (2Cor 2:14).



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Lesson 2 Do not be afraid

Do not be afraid

Now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, “Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead.” And twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained.

Gideon was told to announce that anyone who is afraid should go back home. Fear is contagious and the worst place to be with people who are afraid is in the frontline of a battle. It is easy to lose a battle in the company of fearful people. Fear is a negative force. It is the opposite of faith. God cannot use or work with people who are fearful. Imagine how Gideon must have felt seeing almost 2/3 of his army going back home! The enemy across the valley had a vast army that was trained. The point we are learning here is that the fearful were the first to be gotten rid of. Is your life full of fear? Granted, we all go through moments and seasons of fear. That’s why small teachings like these are important because they help us refocus on God and analyze what exactly is this we are afraid of.

It is said that the most repeated command in scripture is fear not, or one of its variations like do not be afraid. Why does God repeatedly bid us not to be afraid? To adequately answer that question will require a whole book. Briefly, at the bottom of every fear is a lack of faith in God. Fear questions the ability of our God to intervene in the situation in which we are afraid of. The problem with us is that we love to be in control of things. We are reluctant to allow God to take the driving seat while we remain in the passenger seat. We are not sure God can drive the car of our lives well. We want to be able to apply breaks when we want and turn the steering wheel when we want. We treat God like a reckless driver.

Look at a few examples of what fear has done in the past.

1.      The children of Israelites came right to the boarder of their inheritance, Canaan land. Moses sent spies to look at it and they saw giants there. They brought a report that they looked like grasshoppers. They started wailing in fear the whole night. You should hear Caleb and Joshua frantically trying to persuade the people in Numbers 14:9 saying “do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” But alas, they could not trust God to deliver on his promise. All of them died in the wilderness in a space of 40 years except Caleb and Joshua. Fear causes God’s people to lose or delay their inheritance. I wonder how many promises of God in the Word we are forfeiting because of fear.

2.      Peter saw Jesus walking on the water and asked to be told to come. He got the Word, acted on it, and started walking on the water. In the middle of his miracle he removed his eyes from Jesus and saw the wind and he feared. The result is that he started sinking (Mat 14:30). Let’s make this clear. Peter was walking on the water. He had his miracle he requested. It is fear that robbed him his miracle. Do you see it? Fear cancels faith.

3.      Three people were given talents by their master and given equal opportunity to put it to work. The one who received one talent went and hid it. When the master came back he said he was afraid of the master (Mat 25:25). Fear kept him from using the talent he was given. Isn’t this what we suffer in the church? Many saints are gifted by the Holy Spirit to do great exploits for the Kingdom of God but because of fear they never step out. Fear of failure keeps them in bondage. Fear of the unknown quenches the fires of the Spirit within.

4.      In Revelation 21:8 Apostle John was given a revelation of the group of people who will spend eternity in the lake of fire. The first group to be named is the cowardly! Isn’t that something to cause us to shudder? The cowards are placed before the unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and liars!

 Beware of fear. Trust in the Lord at all times. God wants us to be men and women of courage. In subsequent lessons we will look at what it means to be courageous. Is God calling you to do something? Move on with God. The battle belongs to God. Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

 

Your servant,

Dr. Gilbert Mwachia



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Lesson 1 God cannot share His glory

Judges 7:1,2

Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him rose early and encamped beside the well that was at Harod, so that the camp of the Midianites was on the north side of them by the hill of Moreh in the valley. And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ “

The children of Israel did evil in the site God by going to worship idols of Baal and Asherah. As a result God gave them over to be oppressed by the Midianites. The hand of Midian prevailed over them for seven year. Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the Lord for help.

God answered their cry and sent an angel to Gideon who was in a winepress threshing wheat to hide it from the Midianites. Gideon received a commission to deliver the Israelites from the hand of their oppressors. How beautiful it is to note that when we genuinely return to the Lord and cry out to him He comes to deliver us from all manner of oppression. Gideon blew the trumpet and assembled the Israelites to go and fight against the Midianites.

32000 men followed Gideon to the battle. These were untrained men. They were going to face a vast army of trained men from a coalition of Midianites, Amalekites, and people of the East numbering about 135,000 (Judges 6:34, 8:10). Just when they were setting themselves up to cross the valley and engage in the battle God said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me’ (Judges 7:2). “  Here is our first and powerful lesson as we look at Judges chapter 7: God cannot share His glory with any man. As He says in Isa 42:8 “I am the LORD, that is my name; And my glory I will not give to another, Nor my praise to carved images.” Gideon had an assignment from God. He needed as many people behind him as possible. No doubt he knew the kind of force he was up against. The drums of war had been sounded. He could have been wondering how he was going to combat such a deadly force with so few people behind him. Then God tells him you have too many people! What is it you are up against? God delights in stripping us of all that we can rely on. Then only we can depend on God. It is very human with all of us to feel that we did something to deserve the victory that we are enjoying in life. It is in our canal human nature. We want to share the glory with God. We want to boast it is because I fasted, or tithed, or planted a seed, or whatever else we love to boast about. Do not get me wrong here. I am not saying that fasting, sowing or tithing are wrong, but if they are done in an attitude of works or spiritual pride they can become a hindrance to the manifestation of hand of God. The key word here is attitude. Fasting can be done in an attitude of humbling oneself before God. It is setting oneself apart before God to shore utter dependence on God for the battle ahead. God knows to read our hearts. The same thing can be said of sowing a seed of faith or giving our tithes.

The grace of God in our lives cannot be earned. God loves us with an everlasting love. We need to turn our battles to the Lord. He cares enough to intervene. God is telling Gideon and us today that the battle ahead of you is not about you. I am in charge. The echo of God’ grace can clearly be heard in this Old Testament account. In our battles we need God. What assignment do you have from God? What challenge are you facing in your life? What mountains do you see? What obstacles or walls do you see in your life? What’s that standing in your way to your destiny? Here this word, the battle belongs to the Lord. Do not look at what is against you ahead. Look at Who is with you and leading the battle in front of you. See Him who is invisible. It is God Almighty. There is only one thing you can have, and that is victory.

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Pastor Dr Gilbert Mwachia



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