The Lord Goes Before You

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He shall say: "Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies.  Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them.  For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory." Deuteronomy 20:3-4

I guess I started viewing some of my emotions as "enemies" when I first read Hind's Feet on High Places.  Craven Fear, Envy, Resentment, Bitterness, Self-Pity are truly the enemies we face personified.

God knows we are going to have to battle these enemies - yet look what He says to us. 

Do not be fainthearted or afraid.  

Do not panic or be terrified. 

Can we do this on our own?  Maybe for a short while, if at all, but ultimately - it is God who is not only going to go with us, He will fight for us.

I don't think that means we sit back and do nothing.  I think we need to arm ourselves with the provisions He has given us.

I find so many of those tucked away in His word.  How powerful are those words!  Yet how often I fail to take them to heart.  

And to know God promises us victory!

What encouragement!  Yet, how completely reliant oh Him we must be!  

And oh, those enemies!  How often we face them! (At least I know I do!)  They jump out when I least expect them.  

But how reassuring it is to know that God goes with me to fight them - and to fight for me.  

Praise His name!

Father God, How completely you have provided for us.  You know the enemies we will face in our lives - and you know our inability to fight them on our own.  Help us to let ourselves become completely reliant on You and Your power when the enemies of chronic illnesses approach.  Amen and amen.

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