Oct 22, 2008
FORMULA FOR MILITARY SUCCESS
ISRAEL: FORMULA FOR MILITARY SUCCESS
MUSIC / INTRO
"And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that G-d led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines (same Hebrew root as Palestinians), although that was near; for G-d said, 'Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt'." (Torah: Exodus 13:17)
The Hebrew word for "led" used above is the word "nachah" which means "to guide" (and by implication "to transport").
It was only a few miles and a few days to the Promised land from Egypt; however, G-d didn't lead the children of Israel directly to the land of promise. There were several reasons for this. There may be several reasons - at least one - why YOU have NOT entered the territory of conquest for which you have labored and prayed for years!
Notice, the main reason) G-d didn't directly lead them into the prized goal was because "they might change their minds when faced with warfare, and turn back to their previous state."
1. If you turn back, God cannot fight for you. Why? Because, when you turn your back, you are disobeying your leading and your Leader (your Spiritual Leader: Meshiach).
2. You will not see MIRACLES unless you put yourself in a position in which G-d can work for you. G-d works in the area of the impossible. What is impossible with men is possible with
3. Israel – and you, personally - may not need direction, you may just need to go forward.
I have been
telling you for over a year: “Israel, attack your enemies before
it’s too late.”
After Moshe had sent out the 12 spies to spy out the land, Joshua and Caleb said: "If the LORD delight in us, then He will bring us into this land, and give it us: a land which flows with milk and honey." (Torah: Numbers 14:8)
Caleb had previously told the Moshe and the people, "Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it." (Torah: Numbers 13:30)
The Hebrew word used for "possess" is "yarash" and means "to occupy by driving out previous tenants and possessing in their place." The meaning is also "to seize, to rob, to inherit."
In the parable of the nobleman who went away to a far country, Messiah taught us that during the time before He returns from Heaven, we are to "occupy" until He returns to Planet Earth. The word for "occupy" here used is the Greek "pragmateuomai" which means "to busy oneself with, to trade."
There is an old saying, "You are as others see you." The devil knows if you have FEAR in your heart. If you do, ask G-d to help you: to take the fear away. King David said, "What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee (the LORD)." (Psalm 56:3) Go to the Word of G-d and RECEIVE BY FAITH the power promised in the scriptures, such as:
"For G-d has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (Brit Chadashah: 2 Timothy 1:7)
10:35-38 we are admonished, "Now the just shall live by faith:
but if any man draws back, my soul shall have no pleasure in
him." In context (see verse 39) we know that this is talking
about ultimate wholeness and deliverance and patient enduring unto
the coming of the LORD. However, there is a principle here that
transfers, or applies, to our singular battles in our
lifelong journey to victory. G-d, our Commander, does NOT
want us to draw back.
I used to have two white German Shepherds (Alsatians); one was older, named Pashur, and one was a young pup about three months old, named Padah. The pup was very bold; however, when I walked to the village near my mountain home, the older dog would cower around people and became very fearful. He was so fearful that people would even laugh and make fun of him. It was very embarrassing to me. I have often thought of how displeasing it must be to our Messiah when we are fearful.
Don't draw back from opportunity, or you will give Satan – and your enemies - a victory.
You may be in the wilderness but you do NOT have to camp. Go forward!
Numbers Chapter 14, the people wept and wanted to return to Egypt.
It is interesting to note that Moshe did not want the job for which
he was chosen. Volunteers can quit, but Moshe could NOT quit: he
was drafted (recruited, conscripted).
Caleb and Joshua (the only two men of faith among the 12 spies who searched out the land) - who believed and trusted God - were the only members of the people of Israel over 20 years of age that made it into the Promised Land forty years later. G-d said about Caleb, "But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and has followed me fully, him will I bring into the land where into he went; and his seed shall possess it." (Torah: Numbers 14:24)
The children of Israel averaged about 150 funerals a day for 40 years. What a price for NOT going into your PROMISED POSSESSION and receiving your blessing!
G-d is looking for ONE person! (Ezekiel 22:30)
G-d is NOT looking for an F-16 jet fighter plane or a drone "lock in" missile. He is looking for someone who can use a slingshot. Are YOU that person?
We have to be
ready. Joshua told the people: "How long are you slack to go to
possess the land, which the LORD God of your fathers has given
you." (Joshua 18:4)
Medical science tells us that disease has a relationship with passivity. It appears that non confrontational people get sickly more readily and sometimes draw serious illnesses.
There is a price - spiritually, mentally, physically, and materially - for disobedience! And, why would we want to disobey any orders from our Leader that were given to lead us into blessing, power, and honor AND that will bring blessing to others!
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