Deuteronomy 20: 1
1 “When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.
Today’s Inspiration: Principles of warfare are in Deuteronomy 20 which you may wish to meditate this morning. The first primary principle is not to fear, knowing that the Lord your God is with you. Second principle we need to know is not to allow your heart to be weary nor be terrified for the Lord your God goes with you. He is the one who fight for you against your enemies to save you. Deuteronomy 20:1-4.
Fear terrorises us at every turn. He is the greatest Goliath in our life and is the root of all negative emotions. Like anger, uprooting it is a difficult task even if we have experienced awesome testimonies in the past. The Bible tells us to utterly destroy it. With that shame, defilement, inferiority, insecurity and hopelessness will automatically be destroyed that is represented by the tribes that confront the Israelites again and again. Deuteronomy 20:17.
You can’t do anything about the past or what other people had branded you to to be because people tend to ostracize you for your past reactions. However the inability to change the past is not final. You can destroy the feelings and reactions of the past and change your relationship and attitude towards yourself.
At the heart of fear or disapproval, or missing out, is a sense of poor self. Those with a voice of inner critic has a heightened fear of being judged by others. Don’t be afraid to say NO. Just say ‘I really love to help you with that but I am busy at the moment, so can I think about it and let you know?’
Do not have a heightened fear of being judged. One tends to judge oneself before others judged him or her. Your mind, heart and speech must have tri-unity before the world can be a great place to live. Do not be a people pleaser. We tend to please others at our own expense because of the way we have been brought up. Do not be people-oriented or approval oriented. These are roots of rejection. Therefore deal with instances of childhood where you have been inflicted with fear that resulted in rejection. Abandon fear and rejection from your hearts. Address the events that overwhelm you.
A soldier once lost a leg at the war and lying in hospital bed, was very depressed and nothing could get him out of depression. One day a person came to him blowing a harmonica. He finds it soothing. But he still could not get out of depression. When a person is depressed, no words can console him. Day after day, he came. One day he felt led by the Lord to lift up his pants. To his surprise, this man has lost two legs and now have artificial limbs. He was also a soldier like him, depressed after learning he lost two legs. The soldier was surprised and this delivered him from his plight. Until you go through pain, people cannot be ministered by you. One had to go through painful lessons of life before he can be released for effective ministry. Therefore do not be alarmed at the pain you are going through. God will work out everything beautifully in His time. Romans 8:28 knowing the extent of His immeasurable love for mankind. . He may allow seasons of affliction but through it all, you will emerge a vessel of honour mightily used by our Living God. God be praised!