66. Proclaim God's victory

The Israelites moved forward in an orderly fashion and God was pleased. As we spoke last week, He is a God of order and works through order. Obviously He can work through chaos too, as He is almighty, but we learn right through the Bible that 'order' is one of His characteristic and therefore He prefers order in everything He does.

Good, so now we are back to where the Israelites are moving and a wonderful phrase struck me.

'Whenever the Ark set out, Moses would cry, "Arise, O Lord, and let Your enemies be scattered! Let them flee before You!" And when the Ark was set down, he would say, "Return, O Lord, to the countless thousands of Israel!" Numbers 10:35

Isn't it beautiful? Moses proclaimed God as King and proclaimed that His enemies are defeated and he also claimed and ask God to be with them, because without Him they were nothing. The power of the tongue and the power of prayer are amazing. This statement reminded me of the time when David approached Goliath. Now I am sure I don't have to relate the story to you, as this is one of the first stories they teach the kids in Sunday school! But in short, David was just a boy who used to look after sheep, who was about to take on the giant warrior of the Philistines in order to rescue Israel from them. If he was able to defeat Goliath the Israelites will win the war, and if he didn't, the Philistines would have won the war. So it was quite an important task that he had on his young shoulders.

But he did something amazing. He didn't approach Goliath with trembling hands and shaking knees or even with a sword. He didn't make excuses for himself or try and hide behind the army; no he approached Goliath by proclaiming the might of God! He walked confidently up to Goliath and proclaimed God's victory. Listen to this:

'You come to me with sword, spear and javelin, but I come to you in the Name of the Lord Almighty - the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone will know that the Lord does not need weapons to rescue His people. It is His battle, not ours. The Lord will give you to us!" 1 Samuel 17:45 - 47

Wonderful! How beautifully said. Notice that he gave God all the glory and didn't take any for himself, because he knew that without God, he was nothing. Without God by his side he knew that he would certainly die. He proclaimed God's victory and that God will be with them.

We need to learn from these two great men. We need to approach our 'enemies' by proclaiming God's Word and by proclaiming His victory. We need to speak a positive outcome as well as what God has placed in our hearts. That is the most important part of any victory we want to claim for ourselves. We need to realize that on our own we amount to nothing, but with Him, we amount to everything. He is the One walking in front, leading the way. Proclaim Him as God and King of your life and walk in spiritual victory with Him.

Father thank you for all the victories You have won for us. Thank you that You are there with us and ready to go into 'battle' with us. Without You we might as well stop, but with You there is overwhelming victory! We praise You and bring Glory to Your Name! We love You. Amen

1 comment for “66. Proclaim God's victory”

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    Posted Friday, 01 November 2013 at 10:26:35 AM

    Dis baie waar...Dawid was darem so "bold" in sy belewing en uitlewing van God.
    Ek is ook besig met Jeremia en het ook besef dat as God 'n slegte boodskap het, moet ons ook dit oordra. Al die ander profete het net goeie nuus voorspel en hy't soos 'n doemprofeet gelyk. Ek dink dis seker die moeilikste posisie om in te wees...maar selfs in dit erken met die absolute almag van God!

    Weereens dankie vir jou weeklikse voeding...dis kosbaar!

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