Morning by Morning, October 10 - The Day to Run to the Battle!
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Put Your thoughts in my mind and Your desires in my heart, as I begin my day in the assurance of faith that I am in Christ and Christ is in me (Colossians 1:27). ...
"When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up in search of David; and David heard of it and went out against them. David inquired of God, 'Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You give them in to my hand?' The Lord said to him, "Go up, and I will give them into your hand.' So he went up to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. David said, 'God has burst out against my enemies by my hand, like a bursting flood.' Therefore that place is called Baal-perazim. They abandoned their gods there, and at David's command they were burned" (1 Chronicles 14:8-12).
Lord, let the temple of Baal and all that it represents come down! Drive out the Philistines and all that they represent! Let their gods be abandoned and their idols be burned! Get them out of our hearts and out of our land! Come "like a bursting flood!" Come like "a rushing mighty wind!" (Acts 2:2 NKJV) Come fill our hearts and our land with Your Holy Spirit and the Spirit of revival and awakening!
The enemy of our souls and our land will not run away with a whimper. There will be a battle. But this is the day to run to the battle! When the Philistine sought to regroup and rebound, You told David and his armies, "When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then go out to battle; for God has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines!" (1 Chronicles 14:15). They charged ahead and did not retreat; they ran to the battle and did not shrink back. And You gave them great victory in their land!
By the power of Your grace, may we never surrender and never retreat before the enemies of the cross. Our true enemy, our true battle is not against the kingdoms of man, but against the kingdoms of darkness. "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand!" (Ephesians 6:12-13)
I hear in my heart, "Press the battle! Press the battle! Sound the alarm and run to the battle! No surrender; no retreat! No shrinking back! Press ahead and do not withdraw! Pray and proclaim! Worship and rejoice! Victory, victory, victory is in your midst! Do not slumber; do not sleep! Do not grow weary and do not faint! Awaken and arise, for the day of the great battle is at hand!" ...
Yes, Lord. Your Word comes now to my heart: "Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you! Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil.... be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!" (Ephesians 5:14-20) These are mighty "weapons of our warfare (that) have divine power to destroy strongholds!" (2 Corinthians 10:4)
We are in Christ and Christ is in us (Colossians 1:27). And as we stand in Christ, Christ stands in us. When our spiritual enemies are under the feet of Christ, they're under our feet, as we stand firmly in the victory in Christ (Acts 2:34-25; Colossians 2:15). So despite the intensity of the battle and the fierceness of the threats and battle cries of retaliation and intimidation from the enemy of our souls, Your Word will surely come to pass: "The God of peace will shortly crush Satan under (our) feet! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with (us all)" -- here in our hearts and here in our land (Romans 16:20)! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
My friend, I pray you are stirred your spirit and filled with the Holy Spirit in a fresh anointing to run to the battle, that you never surrender and never retreat before the enemies of the cross -- whether in your life or in our land -- in Jesus' name! Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!