THE BATTLE BEFORE THE BATTLE – Part 3


Luke 21:7-36 – – [Key v. 26] – “…men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”  NKJV

Let’s take a look at today, and when we do, we realize that the Seeds of Fear are everywhere.  Let’s examine some cases in the Bible where men overcame fear and walked in trust.

In Judges 3 we have the story of Gideon. He had an army of 32,000 to face an army of 135,000 which is about 4 to 1 odds bad but not terrible.  God said, “That’s too many send the fearful home” and 22,000 left.  Thanks a bunch Lord! Now the odds have shifted dramatically it is not 10,000 against 135,000 or 13.5 to 1.  That is not good in anybody’s book.  But God wasn’t through and said “Still too many” so when he got through there were only 300 left.  This is impossible! 300 against 135,000 that is 450 to 1 and nobody in their right mind would attempt those kinds of odds UNLESS your focus is right.  Gideon TRUSTED GOD!

I believe that he had a Covenant Mentality as is described in Joshua 23:10 – “One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, just as He promised.”   If you will recall the Promises of God you remember the words of Leviticus 26:8, “Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand…”  Then you go to Deuteronomy and you find in 28:7 – “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they shall come against you one way and shall flee before you seven ways.” 

I’m liking this!  In Deuteronomy 32:30 – “How could one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight UNLESS their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had given them up?”  You see with God All Things Are Possible! If the Lord is for us, then who can be against us and if they are, they are in deep trouble!

 If you look at what Hollywood and television are producing these days, you quickly realize that we are being set up for the bombardment of the supernatural and they are planting seeds of fear.  The increase in mass shootings, military unrest in the world, the rise of Islamic jihad, the political agenda, and even the natural disasters all link together to cause man to FEAR!  But we do not have to fear and are even instructed to not fear.

Luke 12:32 – “Fear not little flock for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

Remember the Lord’s message to the Church at Smyrna in Revelation and to us today in Revelation 2:10 – “Do not fear what you are about to suffer.  Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days.  Be faithful until death, and I will give you the Crown of Life.”

We overcome Fear with Truth!  We need to know who God is!  We need to know what Jesus has done!  The 1st Adam lost dominion, but the Last Adam won it back and has brought to the human race Redemption!

KEEP THIS IN MIND:

  1. We are Sons and Daughters by Faith – – Galatians 3:6-9
  2. The Abrahamic Covenant is Ours – – – Galatians 3:13-14
  3. God’s Promises to us are not set aside by the Law – – Galatians 3:19-21
  4. We are Heirs by Faith through the Work of Jesus Christ – – Galatians 3:25-29

As Galatians 5:1 tells us, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free…”   Remember Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians 1:18-23 – “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the Glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.”

We are One Body – His Body!  (Ephesians 2:10-16) and have been made complete in Him – (Colossians 2:9-10)

Remember that if we are In Christ the devil has “no legal claim” on us.  Jesus stripped him of his authority, and he cannot take back what Jesus has already taken we just need to live in Christ’s victory.  We need to understand that Restoration is not us taking something back it is receiving what Jesus has taken.  The Tabernacle is a picture of the Christian walk and shows the process and progression of Birth then growth.

We are to be living manifestations of the Finished Work of Jesus Christ in this present world.  We have nothing to Fear because we have Him who has overcome all the power of the wicked one.  We are More Than Conquerors through Jesus!  Therefore, when Fear tries to grip your heart, remember Christ’s Finished Work and Resist and the devil must flee! 

Be blessed in your victory in Christ!