In Deuteronomy 3 and 4:
3 And he (the priest) shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel:
Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies.
Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid,
and do not tremble or be terrified because of them;
4 for the Lord your God is He who goes with you,
to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’
As I read on (vs.8) it talked about the fainthearted and fearful turning back from the war. It struck me that fear breeds fear and we should surround ourselves with trustworthy people –those who trust God, no matter what comes their way.
Reading the next six verses I saw that there was mercy in surrendering –just like when we surrender to Jesus we have mercy. But those men who would not make peace reminded me of a stiff necked people who did not fear the LORD our God. They were to be defeated and plundered with God’s help. Note: these were not the inherited cities, but the surrounding cities outside their inheritance.
10 “When you go near a city to fight against it, then proclaim an offer of peace to it. 11 And it shall be that if they accept your offer of peace, and open to you, then all the people who are found in it shall be placed under tribute to you, and serve you. 12 Now if the city will not make peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it. 13 And when the Lord your God delivers it into your hands, you shall strike every male in it with the edge of the sword. 14 But the women, the little ones, the livestock, and all that is in the city, all its spoil, you shall plunder for yourself; and you shall eat the enemies’ plunder which the Lord your God gives you. 15 Thus you shall do to all the cities which are very far from you, which are not of the cities of these nations.
In the last verses, the inherited cities were to be completely destroyed: man, woman, child, beast. So, that they would not be taught to do as they did and go after their god(s) –sinning against the LORD. God cautioned them to only destroy that which breathed and was alive. They were not to destroy the fruit trees. Because God would give them the victory and they would eat from their fruit!
So, who is our enemy? We are all in a spiritual battle against the enemy of our souls; Satan or Lucifer as he was named by God.
A few nights ago thoughts began to overwhelm me of what if and the future. I had to stop and remind myself that God is there in the future; He knows what is going to happen and He will be with me, just like He is here with me now. By choosing to rest in His presence, I was filled with peace and able to go to sleep.
We must not worry! Times are looking bleak in America. We must repent of our sins, our countries sins. We must trust in the name of the LORD our God. Surround yourself with followers of the cross of Jesus and be obedient to God's calling on your life. Disciple, Go. Make disciples.