Who Fights Your Battles?
Deuteronomy 3:21, 22
1. In the two verses of Scripture I just read, we find Moses encouraging Joshua. A transition of leadership was about to take place, and Joshua would soon have the responsibility of taking Israel the rest of the way into the Promised Land:
a. Moses wanted Joshua to know that he had nothing to fear, that God would fight his battles (vs.22).
2. It is with this idea I want to bring you our message this morning, "Who fights your battles?" Let me share a few additional verses:
a. Exodus 14:14, "The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace."
b. 2 Chron. 20:17, "Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you."
c. Psalm 44:3, "For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them."
d. 2 Chron. 20:29, "And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the Lord fought against the enemies of Israel."
3. As we think about our message, "Who fights your battles," I want us to consider that there are three different ways in which battles can be fought:
I. Some try to fight their own battlesI
I. Some try to get others to fight their battles
III. Some let God fight their battles
I. SOME TRY TO FIGHT THEIR OWN BATTLES
1. Let me say at the outset; it's a big mistake for anyone to attempt to fight a battle without God. When we get so independent that we think we can do everything on our own, we have just set ourselves up for a fall.
a. Let me share with you a classic example of what can happen when people attempt to fight their own battles. The setting for this passage of Scripture is Israel in unbelief and rebellion. God had warned them not to go against their enemies: Numbers 14:41-45.
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