Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:20
Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies; do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; for the LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. (Deuteronomy 20:3-4)
Moses is another example of those who lived by grace in the Old Testament. He knew the necessity of relying upon the sufficiency of God, instead of upon the inadequate resources of man. One illustration of this is seen when he pointed Israel to the Lord for battle.
When the children of Israel would enter into the Promised Land, innumerable battles would lie before them. These battles were inevitable, since godless nations had entrenched themselves in the land: “because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD your God drives them out from before you” (Deuteronomy 9:5). Thus, the history of Israel documents one battle after another.
Moses announced the truth that the people of the Lord need to hear as the battle draws near. “Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies; do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them.” So often, when the warfare appears, the foe seems invincible. “When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you” (Deuteronomy 20:1). The natural temptation is to “faint . . . be afraid . . . tremble or be terrified.” Another temptation is to try to match the enemy horse for horse and chariot for chariot. The scriptures warn of the futility of turning to worldly resources. “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but who do not look to the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 31:1).
Moses knew that God’s people need a reminder that the Lord wants to be our hope. When we must go into the battles of life, the Lord accompanies us. “For the LORD your God is He who goes with you.” He is with us not only to comfort us, but also to battle on our behalf: “to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” The Lord can fight for His people in an unlimited variety of ways. He can change the hearts of those who oppose us. He can bring their plans to naught. He can trap them in their own evil plans. He can cause our enemies to turn and devour one another. He can effectively save us in any manner that He chooses.
O Lord, my defender, I face many battles that leave me intimidated and fearful. My hope is often placed in my own worldly strategies or the help that man can offer. Lord, I look to You afresh to fight for me to rescue me any way You chose, for Your glory and honor, Amen.
By Bob Hoekstra
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? . . . What do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you glory as if you had not received it? (Romans 8:32; 1 Corinthians 4:7)
Observation And Analysis
The Lord’s plan for rescuing and transforming lives by His grace is established upon the Son of God being given for us as a sacrifice for our sins: “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all.” This gift of God’s Son assures us that God will also give us with Christ everything we need. “How shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? ” God’s giving is to be coupled with man’s receiving. As God is freely giving to man, He wants man to be humbly receiving from Him.
Every blessing that we have was received from God. “What do you have that you did not receive? ” There is no other source from which we can receive true spiritual benefits than the Lord above. “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven” (John 3:27). The joy of having Jesus dwelling in our lives as the children of God became true by us receiving Him. “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). The fact that we are now reconciled to God and are no longer His enemies is based upon us receiving the gift of reconciliation. “We also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation” (Romans 5:11). The privilege of serving the Lord in ministry is a gift of grace to be received: “the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). The spiritual gifts that we need for enablement in our ministries is another blessing received from the Lord. “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another” (1 Peter 4:10).
From initial salvation to growth and service, all that is needed must be received from the Lord. This is an encouraging reality. Yet, it is also a humbling truth. It leaves no room for us to glory in ourselves. “Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you glory as if you had not received it?”
Dear Lord, I confess that every blessing I have ever received was given by You from above. I bow humbly before You, admitting that I do not deserve even one of Your innumerable benefits. Lord, I praise You for freely giving to me. I want to humbly receive from You day by day, in Your gracious name, Amen.
By Bob Hoekstra In Day By Day By Grace
The article originally appeared in the Berean Searchlight and written by Paul Sadler, whom is the President of the Berean Bible Society and the editor of the Berean Searchlight. The original texts was meant for the scholar audience and Was rather lengthy due to the historical illustrations. The editor had to rewrite some of the sentences and added more content to the ending part of the article in order to achieve a complete contrast