• Rev. Mark Tews

The Lord is Always Victorious

“Hear Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified. (Deuteronomy 20:3). Be strong & courageous … for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6). The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you … Do not be afraid. (Deuteronomy 31:8).

We’ve all had our share of ups and downs. I’ve had my share of let downs, by family, friends, and even members of churches along the way. But through it all, I was always glad to know that I had the Lord Himself by my side. In Deuteronomy, we read that the Lord told the Israelites that when they went to battle with their enemies, they would see horses, chariots, and armies that outnumber them. He instructed them to not be afraid of their enemies and to remember that the One who brought them up out of the land of Egypt was with them and would fight for them.

Throughout the book of Deuteronomy, God told the Israelites how to separate themselves from the rest of the world. He instructed them on how to act and how to think in the midst of the spiritual warfare that surrounded them. These instructions are relevant today in teaching us about spiritual warfare. God gives us vital directives about our behavior, demeanor, and conduct during battle. In other words, God said, ‘I don’t want my people being scared, frightened, or to show fear when in battle.”

In today’s verses, the Israelites were conquering the Promised Land. God promised that He would be with them and that they would have victory, but only if they obeyed His instructions, orders, and directions. God told them to not let their hearts grow faint, to not fall by the wayside, to not tuck tail and run. He told them not to fear and tremble, or to be terrified of their enemies. They were just to remember that the Lord was with them, and would fight for them.

When the forces of evil and spiritual warfare swirl around us in this world, we don’t have to fear because God is always by our side. He will walk with us, fight for us, and will be victorious. It doesn’t matter who attacks you. It doesn’t matter what the odds are. It doesn’t matter if the conditions seem impossible. It doesn’t matter if it looks despairing. Just know that when you have the Lord by your side, you are already on the winning side.

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). God is always for us. He is before us, behind us, on the left and right sides; He is all around us. He will never leave or forsake us. God’s Word tells us that He is the author and finisher of our faith. That means the Lord is with you. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1–2).

The Spirit of God is with us and we are part of His family. He looks out for us, He corrects us, and He cherishes us. What shall we say then to THESE things? Romans 8:31 reminds us that If God is for us, then who could be against us? I know that I’ve messed up in my life, but I am not afraid because I know the Lord is with me. When you’re down, He’s there. When you’re burdened, He’s there. When you’re ready to throw in the towel, He’s there. And when the enemy is closing in, the Bible tells us that the Lord will lift up His standard against them and the victory is already won. That standard is none other than the cross of Jesus Christ our Lord!

Look to the standard of the Lord; look to the cross. FEAR NOT! Boldly say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not fear what any man shall do to me.” Know that as He helped Daniel in the lion’s den, He will help you. As He delivered Moses, Joshua, and the children of Israel, He will deliver you. He has the whole world in His hands, so He surely has you in His hands too. When the Lord is by your side, you don’t have to worry or be afraid, because He is always victorious.