Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 18, 2014

“Do not fear them, for the Lord your God is the one fighting for you.”

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 3:18-29.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+3&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“18 “Then I commanded you at that time, saying, ‘The Lord your God has given you this land to possess it;  all you valiant men shall cross over armed before your brothers, the sons of Israel.  19 But your wives and your little ones and your livestock (I know that you have much livestock) shall remain in your cities which I have given you, 20 until the Lord gives rest to your fellow countrymen as to you, and they also possess the land which the Lord your God will give them beyond the Jordan.  Then you may return every man to his possession which I have given you.’  21 I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, ‘Your eyes have seen all that the Lord your God has done to these two kings; so the Lord shall do to all the kingdoms into which you are about to cross.  22 Do not fear them, for the Lord your God is the one fighting for you.’”  Deuteronomy 3:18-22.

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“The Lord your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf, just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, just as a man carries his son, in all the way which you have walked until you came to this place.’”  Deuteronomy 1:30-31.

““When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them;  for the Lord your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you.  When you are approaching the battle, the priest shall come near and speak to the people.  He shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, you are approaching the battle against your enemies today.  Do not be fainthearted.  Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’”  Deuteronomy 20:1-4.

“And you have seen all that the Lord your God has done to all these nations because of you, for the Lord your God is He who has been fighting for you.”  Joshua 23:3.

“But you are to cling to the Lord your God, as you have done to this day.  For the Lord has driven out great and strong nations from before you;  and as for you, no man has stood before you to this day.  One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, just as He promised you.  So take diligent heed to yourselves to love the Lord your God.”  Joshua 23:8-11.

Reformed Doctrine looks up to God.

Other doctrine looks down to man.

Reformed Doctrine focuses on God’s promises and God’s work.

Other doctrine focuses on man’s ability and alleged free-will of man.

Reformed Doctrine believes that God will fight for His elect.

Other doctrine believes that God will only help those who help themselves.

Reformed Doctrine does not fear and is not dismayed, because it knows that God is in total and perfect control.

Other doctrine continually fears and is dismayed at what man is doing in the world around them.

Reformed Doctrine clings to that true God Who is a victorious warrior for His people.  “The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior.  He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”  Zephaniah 3:17.

 

 

 

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