Military Strategies 
from the Word of God
March 18, 2003

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#1: God has resources and strategies that man does not.

"ÖNot by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts."
Zechariah 4:6

"When the servant of the man of God rose early and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was around the city. Elishaís servant said to him, Alas, my master! What shall we do? Eilsha answered, Fear not; for those with us are more than those with them. Then Elisha prayed, Lord, I pray You, open his eyes that he may see. And the Lord opened the young manís eyes, and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha." 2 Kings 6:15-17 The Amplified Bible

Itís important for us to remember that we donít put our trust in our own might or in our own military power, but that we remember when we are fighting a battle for the Lord it is His power and strength that will bring the victory. Elisha and his servant looked like they were outnumbered but God had a heavenly army ready to fight on their behalf.

Letís pray that if we must fight in a battle against those that seek to attack and harass the peaceful and the innocent that we remember we need the Lordís strength and power and we cannot simply trust in our own strength and powerówhether or not it looks like we have the advantage.

 


#2: God has an agenda that fits His purposes, not ours.

"Öthe battle is not yours, but Godís." 
2 Chronicles 20:15

"And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now comeÖ" Joshua 5:13-14

Joshua saw this manóa soldier with a sword in his handóand asked him if he was with the Israelites or with their enemy. He said he was with neither one, but captain of the host of the Lord. He was from the army of Heaven and was sent to fight in the battle the Israelites were about to engage in.

This was a reminder to Joshua that this battle was the Lordís battle under the Lordís direction. This battle wasnít just a battle between two countries, and God was not joining with His people, but rather His people needed to join with Him. This was Godís battle for Godís purposes. Which was for His people to receive what He had promised to give them.

Letís pray that God receive the victory in our battles and that we remember to keep God's agenda.


#3: We as His people, must submit to Him

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 
2 Chronicles 7:14

"So about three thousand Israelites went up there, and they fled before the men of Ai, and the men of Ai killed about thirty-six men of them, for they chased them from before the gate as far as Shebarim, and slew them at the descent. And the hearts of the people melted, and became as water." Joshua 7:4-5 The Amplified Bible

The Israelites had won the battle of Jericho and the next city they battled against was Ai. There were not a lot of people there so they only sent 3000 men to do battle. But the men of Ai killed some of them and the Israelites fled from them. When Joshua asked the Lord what happened He told him there was sin among them. Achan had taken things that the Lord had said not to take from the spoils of Jericho and hid them in his tent. Once the sin was dealt with then they were able to win the battle against Ai.

Letís pray, humble ourselves, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. God will hear, forgive and heal.