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Summary: In Deuteronomy 20 Moses tells the Israelite people how God wants them to conquer the promised land. He provides the principles of war. Paul tells us in Ephesians 6 that we fight a war today. Are the principles similar?

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In Deuteronomy 20 Moses tells the Israelite people how God wants them to conquer the promised land. He provides the principles of War.

In short they are:

1. Don’t be afraid (vs. 1)

2. Be courageous and dependent on God (vs. 2-4)

3. Offer peace (to those outside the promised land) (vs. 10-15)

4. Search and Destroy everything in the promised land (16-18)

5. Don’t destroy trees bearing nuts or plants bearing fruit (19-20)

Paul tells us that today we fight a war too. Ephesians 6:10-12

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms

We’ll take a short look at each one

1. Don’t be afraid

This phrase appears over a 100 times in the Bible.

Read Deuteronomy 20:1

“When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.”

Fear can make people do very desperate things. When the terrorists struck the twin tower buildings on September 11, 2001; trapped and frightened people leapt from windows above where the planes had hit. Fear is a powerful motivator and is related to a number of negative human emotions like; worry, anxiety, terror, panic, persecution complex, and even outright paranoia. I believe fear is the number one reason many Christians don’t share their faith. Fear of persecution, fear of intolerance, fear of losing a relationship, fear of losing a debate or an argument.

A story is told of a family awakened by their smoke detector in the middle of the night to discover that their house was on fire. The father ran into the upstairs bedroom of his children and carried his 18 month old baby in his arms while dragging his 4 year old son by the hand.

They were halfway down the stairs when the little boy remembered that he had left his teddy bear in the bedroom, so he broke free from his father’s hand and ran back to the bedroom to retrieve it. In the confusion, the father didn’t notice that his son wasn’t with him until he got outside. By now the little boy was trapped by the flames and smoke in his second story bedroom. Smoke swirled around him and he coughed and cried out from the upstairs window, “Daddy, Daddy! Help me!”

His father yelled from below, “Jump out of the window, Andy! I’ll catch you!”

In the darkness and smoke, the little boy yelled back, “But, Daddy! I can’t see you!”

Daddy shouted back, “That’s OK, son. I can see you! Jump!”

In the darkness and confusion of your life, sometimes it’s very difficult to see God, but, God sees you. And if there is any element of fear in your life for any reason this morning God seeks to remove it.


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