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God the Warrior
“The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name.” Exodus 15:3 3
“Now these are the nations that the LORD left, to test Israel by them, that is, all in Israel who had not experienced all the wars in Canaan. It was only in order that the generations of the people of Israel might know war, to teach war to those who had not known it before. These are the nations: the five lords of the Philistines and all the Canaanites and the Sidonians and the Hivites who lived on Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal-hermon as far as Lebo-hamath.” Judges 3
“It is one thing to study war and another to live the warrior’s life” Telamon of Arcardia, mercenary of the fifth century B.C.
One characteristic that we see of God in the Bible is that He is a warrior. We also see that God calls at certain times His people to war in a variety of ways. God no longer calls his people to physical war, but now as the Apostle Paul states we fight spiritual principalities and powers, not flesh and blood.
Many difficulties arise in life just because of the fallen nature of the world we live in, but other times difficulties arise in our lives specifically for the testing of our faith. No matter the reason we face resistance and difficulty, God calls us to fight in these opportunities.
God calls us to fight:
Through declarations of scripture
Through meditations of the scriptures
Through reading the scriptures and having our minds influenced by them.
We war against:
Satan (Satan, demons, and all that he represents)
We fight for:
The things of God
Questions to think about:
-What areas of your life is God calling you fight for?
-What areas of your life have you conceded defeat, when God has called you fight?