We Always Triumph because God Fights for us!

They found themselves with no conceivable means of self defense. If they were going to escape, God Himself had to fight for them.

This devotional is part of the “Triumphing” Series. It is inspired by the song “The Lord our God’s a Warrior.”

SONG: THE LORD OUR GOD’S A WARRIOR

1.The Lord our God’s a warrior

The Lord our God will fight for us this hour

The Lord our God’s victorious

And in His Name we’re more than conquerors

(That’s why I sing and dance

That’s why I dance and jump

That’s why I praise His name

That’s why I give the victory shout) x2

2.The Lord our God’s our strength and shield

And in His word He gives a sword to wield

The Lord our God’s our hiding place

And we will know His victory all our days

(That’s why I worship Him

That’s why I now declare

There is no other God

That ever could compare) x2

The Lord our God’s a man of war

The Lord our God will fight for us this hour

The Lord our God’s victorious

And in His Name we’re more than conquerors

Words and Music by Christiana Kanaiya. Copyright  Kairos Productions Limited 2017. All rights reserved.

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Reading: Exodus 15:1-4; Romans 8:37

Today’s reading is taken out of another song – a song sung by Moses and the Israelites.

Just hours before singing it, the Israelites had been filled with fear. They were cornered and unarmed, at a huge disadvantage to their enemies. They found themselves with no conceivable means of self defense. If they were going to escape, God Himself had to fight for them. God showed up, and did in a way that they could never have conceived. To their astonishment, He parted the Red Sea and then, synchronized the timing within which the waves receded so that the waters wiped out Pharaoh and his army. In response, led by Miriam, hundreds of thousands of women danced for joy, to the sound of tambourines. Doubtless, this was the result of their newfound revelation of how committed God was to dealing with their enemies. What a beautiful sight that must have been!

The Israelites finally saw what God had been trying to tell them all along – ever since Moses first confronted Pharoah with the words “Let my people go” –  He fights for His people, and that He is a warrior“Adonai is a warrior. Adonai is his name.” (Exodus 15:3, CJB). The word ‘warrior’ in this passage has also been translated as man of war, fighter, and ‘one who goes into battle.’  Not only does God fights battles on our behalf, but as Jesus taught, He also fights Satan for us. “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. “(John 10:29, AMP)

Earlier on,  at the sight of Pharoah in pursuit, the Israelites had panicked and accused God of having brought them there to die. This, despite having seen God punish the Egyptians through ten supernatural events just days earlier. But I find that I am no different. Faced with seemingly insurmountable circumstances, I am quick to forget that the last time I was in such a situation, God came through! My faith wavers because I fail to consistently wield the sword of the Spirit – the word of God. I often lay it aside, allowing my mind to be filled with intimidating thoughts.

God knows how easily we forget the truth that we so desperately need in order to overcome the lies and intimidation of the enemy. This is why, in instructing Joshua to prepare for victory in battle, God told him to meditate on His word day and night (Joshua 1:8,9). To meditate is to chew on, until the truth is internalized. A bit like savouring a good meal – one has to do this slowly, enjoying each bite. Meditation also involves speaking the verse out loud, praying over its truth and how we should apply it to our lives.

There are other truths in this song that we need to meditate on if we are to face threatening circumstances the right way – not with knocking knees but with dancing feet! Here are some of them:-

We are more than conquerors : Romans 8:37 “ Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us]. (AMP)

Alternative translations for “we are more than conquerors” include “we have a sweeping victory, we are superconquerors, we have complete victory.”

God is our Hiding Place: “You are my hiding place; You, Lord, protect me from trouble; You surround me with songs and shouts of deliverance. Selah.”( Psalm 32:7 AMP)

God is our Strength and Shield:The Lord is my strength and my [impenetrable] shield; My heart trusts [with unwavering confidence] in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I shall thank Him and praise Him. (Psalm 28:7 AMP)

Father, what an amazing God You are. I am lost for words when I think that an Omnipotent God would stoop to fight my battles for me. Help me to be so fully convinced that You are my defender that when I find myself surrounded by my enemies, I can still come before You not in despair but in joyful celebration because I know that You are fighting on my behalf.  I rejoice today in knowing that Satan cannot have me. I am safe in the fortress of Your power, forever!

 

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