How long has life felt like a constant battle? Is it okay or a little scary to say there is a bigger battle than what we can physically see? At some point, we have to stop seeing other people, personal suffering and pain as the enemy and open our eyes to the real battle. There is a Spiritual War happening whether you acknowledge it or not. Today we will see that we are to Be Still when in Spiritual Warfare. But to be still we must believe God and Do Not Fear.
We are looking 13 Promises of God to help us overcome fear and be still. Did you find this mid-series? We are in a 40-day Fast to learn how to be still and know God. Go back here and read the intro and keep up with series.
Deuteronomy 3:22 Do not fear them, for the Lord your God is the one fighting for you.’
The Context of Deuteronomy 3:22
The Israelites are about to see an amazing war rally! We already saw God do the Impossible and part a sea while fighting for Isreal. Then we saw God turn a nation of slaves into a nation of Warriors who could fight Giants and Win.Today God is preparing Isreal for war and while it is a physical war, it is leaving a legacy of spiritual warfare that we still cling to when times are hard. Click To Tweet
Some things to know as we begin:
- God set aside a portion of physical land for Isreal.
- Other nations were living in that land and dishonoring God (on His land)
- God is judge over the whole earth and all its inhabitants (not just Jews and Christians)
- The nations were up to their eyes in sin and God had to act… The justice of God is hard to see but can’t be ignored.
Observations from Deuteronomy 3:22
Our text finds Isreal on the brink of War. Terrified. Afraid. Rightfully anxious.
This is not a nation of warriors, they doubt God and they turn from Him every chance they get. Can you relate?
God tells them to Be Still and do not fear when facing War
If any circumstances on earth demand fear… war demands fear. Right?!?!?!?!
But God says do not be afraid. The Lord your God is the One fighting for you. Be Still and trust God when you face war. When you are under attack, be still and don’t be afraid.
This war is physical but is also a spiritual war
What is it about that one plot of land that has spurred so much war? There must be something holy and amazing about it… well, we know there is because God chose it. God made it and set it aside for Israel. Of course, the enemy wants to make war over it.
God also made you and chose you and set you aside.
The enemy is at war over you. There is a Spiritual War happening right now using the 4 D’s
- Discourage you from your faith
- Stir Discontent for your physical life
- Distract you from your calling with worldly temptation
- Breed discords between you and other believers to stop the Unity of the Gospel
What is Spiritual warfare?
The Battle is between God and the devil for Lordship and rule of your life and the world. The warriors in the battle are angels and demons and we are the target somehow in the battle.
What does it mean to be in spiritual warfare?
Just to be clear, you are in spiritual warfare whether you acknowledge it or not. If you ignore it, call us crazy and walk away you are still under attack. When you begin to see with spiritual eyes you can engage in the battle more effectively.
Need examples of spiritual warfare?
Think back to the last time you decided to have a daily quiet time. How hard was it to follow through? Did you start to struggle to get up early or stay up later? That was spiritual warfare.
Application of Deuteronomy 3:22
Isreal’s physical war gives us a guide to prepare for spiritual warfare
- First, God reminds Isreal of past victories
- Second, God reminds Isreal that He promised to be with them
- Third, God reminds Isreal that He will do the fighting
I love that God knows we will forget and need to be reminded!
What are the hard things in your life right now?
Has it felt like one impossible thing after the next and no let up? does it feel like there are giants you just can’t face?
Google spiritual warfare in the bible to see all the time’s others were in the same situation. In Ephesians God tells us to put on the whole armor of God because we are not fighting flesh and blood.
What is the whole armor of God and how do you put it on? Read more about that here Read More about that here.
Prayer is a part of the armor of God and we need to put it on every day as we do battle in this spiritual war. Click To Tweet
We need to believe in the power of prayer -warfare prayer.
Final Thoughts on Deuteronomy 3:22
What is your calling in life?
Is there something God has said to do?
So much of the enemies efforts are to keep us out of the word and out of prayer so that we can’t even recognize God’s voice when He does call us.We ask How to do spiritual warfare but I want to be clear. A spiritual warrior is nothing more than a believer taking the next right step. Maybe you need to go back and take the last right step. You know, that last thing God… Click To Tweet
Often I find that when I am dry or spiritually cold, I find God right where I turned off the path. He was waiting there for me.
LOL, sometimes I am all in a deliverance prayer mode and God’s all like “Hey, Tiffany, I’m over here, just get back on the path.” Praise God He is patient with me.
A Prayer for victory in spiritual warfare
Thank you for being patient with me. Forgive me for all the times you said to do something and I said no and went my own way. Thank you for being right there when I turn back. You are so kind, compassionate, merciful and gracious to my stubbornness.
There is a battle happening in my life. I feel it in my marriage. It’s in my conversations with the kids. Even my body is involved in the war. Help me be still and not be afraid. Oh Lord, I am afraid. This is not what I signed up for when I said yes to You. I pictured a prosperous, healthy blessed life. This Christian life is hard and the battle is long and I need you, Lord. Hear my prayer Father Help me win today.
Thank you for the reminder that You are the One fighting… sometimes I forget and try to fight in my own strength. I give you control Lord… today… Be glorified as I sit hidden in the shadow of Your wings.