“WHEN YOU GO TO WAR” Part 1

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DEUTERONOMY 20:1-8 (AMP)

1 When you go forth to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than your own, do not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, is with you.

2 And when you come near to the battle, the priest shall approach and speak to the men,

3 And shall say to them, Hear, O Israel, you draw near this day to battle against your enemies. Let not your [minds and] hearts faint; fear not, and do not tremble or be terrified [and in dread] because of them.

4 For the Lord your God is He Who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to save you. [I Sam. 17:45.]

5 And the officers shall speak to the people, saying, What man is there who has built a new house and has not dedicated it? Let him return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man dedicate it.

6 And what man has planted a vineyard and has not used the fruit of it? Let him also return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man use the fruit of it.

7 And what man has betrothed a wife and has not taken her? Let him return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man take her.

8 And the officers shall speak further to the people, and say, What man is fearful and fainthearted? Let him return to his house, lest [because of him] his brethren’s [minds and] hearts faint as does his own.

The Old Testament is a type and a shadow of what we are to be and do in the New Testament. As Scripture states:

1 Corinthians 15 (AMP)

46 But it is not the spiritual life which came first, but the physical (life) and then the spiritual.

Remember it like this. In the O.T. they physically fought their enemy. In the N.T. we spiritually fight our enemy. The Apostle paul says to “fight the good fight of faith.” Paul also says that “we war not against flesh and blood.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5) Therefore, from the above passage, we are to be warriors ‘in the Spirit.’ What the O.T warriors did in the flesh (physical), we now do in the spirit (spiritual). That’s why in 1 Corinthians 10 Paul says twice that what happened to the O.T. Warriors and what they did (the physical) is our example of what we are to be and do for us N.T. Warriors (the spiritual).

WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?

Colossians 2 (AMP)

9 For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].

10 And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead–Father, Son and Holy Spirit–and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].

11 In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but in a [spiritual] circumcision [performed by] Christ by stripping off the body of the flesh (the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts).

12 [Thus you were circumcised when] you were buried with Him in [your] baptism, in which you were also raised with Him [to a new life] through [your] faith in the working of God [as displayed] when He raised Him up from the dead.

13 And you who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (your sensuality, your sinful carnal nature), [God] brought to life together with [Christ], having [freely] forgiven us all our transgressions,

14 Having cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us). This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross.

15 [God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].

This is why we don’t fight a physical fight. God disarmed the powers that were against us. In Luke 10:19, Jesus said:

Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.

Next time we’ll look at the conditions for being a New Testament warrior.

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