12 Feb Deuteronomy – Feb. 16
Deuteronomy 11:23–23 • “For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do—to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him—then the LORD will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess greater and mightier nations than yourselves.
Realize, this passage is describing a literal war, not a spiritual analogy. These were real soldiers engaging an actual enemy—trained in warfare and deadly effective.
Imagine Joshua or Moses, sending the army into battle with these words: Keep God’s word, love Him, walk in His ways, and hold fast to Him—and you’ll beat these brutes. You have nothing to fear. This battle plan is tried and true—steadfast and sure.
I think some soldiers would be thinking: “Okay… but how are we to drive these guys out? What is the plan?”
The answer is the key: “Don’t worry about it! That is God’s business. He will drive out your enemy from before you—as long as you are clinging to Him and His word is fixed in your mind and heart. If you were fighting by your own strength, you’d lose. But as long as you are fighting in the presence of God, He’ll drive out the enemy. So up and at ‘em!”
If God’s word was so critical and potent to give God’s people victory in a literal battle, how much more will this be true in our spiritual battle?
The enemies in your life will be driven out as you cling to God through His word. Spiritual battle can be that simple!
Yes, intercessory prayer is effective. Yes, partnering with other is critical. Yes, get counsel and wisdom in your trials.
But—the bottom line in our warfare is this: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:4–5)