Determined to Wage War
Daily Devotional for June 23rd
And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle. And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? 1 Samuel 17:28-29
The majority of the time the church sees itself as sheep because we are following Jesus the chief shepherd. We are programmed to think that we cannot be effective in the world in this generation. We look at our selves with such limits that there would be no possible way that God could or would use us to change the world. These thoughts come from the world, but the bible speaks a different truth. Satan would love to keep the church, his greatest opposition, brainwashed with such thoughts.
On the contrary, the church is literally the strongest military on earth. The sad thing is, very few Christians in the kingdom of God realize it! We seldom view ourselves as military people! The entire unsaved world cannot fight Satan because they are shackled in his chains. If there is going to be warfare waged for the lost and enslaved, the church is going to have to do it! We must enter the fight! We must engage the enemy! We are the only people in the entire world who can fight.
David was not a military man but found himself having to enter the battle against Goliath and the Philistines. David was a sheep herder. He had not been trained in battle, but saw the need to fight one day against a giant, and he did just that! You may not see yourself as a military person, but must eventually come to the realization that you have to battle on the front lines for people. God expects us to enter the fight. God has given unto you weapons that are mighty enough to pull down every stronghold Satan has!
The devil wants you to see him as so great of a force that nothing could dare stop him. His intentions are to cripple you so much with fear that you lose hope to fight! As children of God, we should never be afraid of Satan. God has given the church such a victory that not only is Satan under Jesus’ feet, he is also under the church’s feet. Our relationship with God, we are indeed sheep, but to Satan, the church is and forever will be an Army! Be strong, courageous! God is on your side! He will give you the victory! Win your family to Christ! Your only determination should be to wage warfare for your people.