What’s the order of a battle?
I mean, on the battlefield, how do the men arrange themselves?
Who goes first, and who comes in behind?
Study military history, and you’ll find the expendable guys are generally at the forefront of the fighting.
The ones you can lose, and the battle can still go on.
The generals? The policy makers? The ones who have the power to make the decisions where to go, how to fight, and whether the battle can be won? They are safely at the back of the fray, protected, and not really in fear for their lives.
Yet the most motivating leaders lead. They are at the forefront of the conflict, risking their skin along with that of their soldiers.
Deuteronomy 20:4 tells us:
“For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.”
God doesn’t sacrifice his troops. He doesn’t make tactical decisions about how many Christians he can lose and still win the battle.
This verse gives us three rousing encouragements in our walk with Christ.
Our first encouragement tells us that God goes with us. He is always at our side.
Our second encouragement says God fights for us. We do not wield the sword alone.
Our third encouragement shouts that God gives us the victory. The battle is decided. We are the winner in the name of the Lord.
We are in this together. We walk side-by-side with the Creator of the Universe. He offers us his strong arm, and we are empowered in him.
The outcome is certain, and we are on the winning side.
Jesus is our Champion, and he breaks down every barrier in our way.
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