"Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of
God, that you may be able to withstand in THE EVIL DAY" (Eph. 6:13).
No one can deny that we are in evil times, nor that the battle that has arisen in our nation is fierce, nor that WE MUST BE PREPARED. In 21 days, we have the privilege and right and obligation to elect the next President of the United States. Few people in the world have this opportunity to vote as freely as we do. So WE MUST GET OUT AND VOTE.
In the year 2016, the Christian Post Reporter quoted the United States Elections Project as saying "While more than 231 million Americans are eligible to vote, more than 97 million of them did not exercise that right in the U.S. presidential election." 1 In the year 2012, Ted Cruz was quoted as saying that 54 million Christians did not show up to vote. For many of you reading this, your choice of candidates, if revealed, will cause dissention in your churches, in your families and even in your marriages. Somewhere, from someone, possibly from our own memories, we will encounter resistance to our choices. We cannot escape the battle, but WE MUST VOTE!
HEBRAIC UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORD "BATTLE"
Before we go to Deut. 20, let us examine the word "battle" in the Hebrew language and discover its root meaning. "Battle" is the Hebrew word "Milchamah." The root of the word battle is "lacham." Lacham is formed with the Hebrew letters Lamed, Cheth, and Mem. Lamed, Cheth, and Mem spell the word "BREAD" (Lechem). From an Ancient Hebrew perspective: In the battle (milchamah), we find our bread (lechem).
What does "BREAD" have to do with a battle? We can see the answer in picture form by examining the process of making a loaf of bread. We must first mix the flour and the water together which creates the dough. Then comes the vigorous process of kneading the dough. Kneading is a picture of war in the sense of having to "fight" with the dough in order to produce a proper loaf. Whether making bread or battling in a different war, we are quite literally in a struggle for our lives. Without food, we perish; without victory in battle, we perish. Every time you eat a piece of bread, you are eating the spoils of a war.
STRATEGY FOR WARFARE
In Deut. 20, we receive the strategy for warfare. "When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses, and chariots, and a people more than YOU, be not afraid of them" (Deut. 20:1). We have no choice but to learn how to walk through every battle fearlessly, because we are commanded by God to FEAR NOT. From various experiences, we all know this is not easy to do, especially when faced with seemingly overwhelming circumstances. In Dt. 20, we see that in every battle, the priest would approach the people and speak these words, "Hear O Israel, you approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye afraid because of them." For the LORD your God is He that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you" (Deut. 20:3-4).
The Rabbis have taught that if we don't strive for the victory in every battle and do not fight with all of our heart and soul, we are guilty of shedding our brother's blood. The officers spoke to the people before a battle asking if any man was fearful and fainthearted. If so, the man was commanded to return unto his house, lest he cause his brother's heart to faint as well. Being fearful would be considered transgressing the command of God, that is to TRUST Him with all of our hearts.
Fear is contagious and contaminates the soul. We must never allow the fear in others to influence us. Fear is tormenting and increases the size of our enemy in our mind. Fear can cause us to forfeit all that is waiting for us in our promise land. We have not been given the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. (II Tim. 1:7) Fear creates a barrier and changes our focus. Over the years, I have learned from my teachers that it is not the giants who can cause us harm, it is our fear of the giants that destroys us. The giants must be conquered, and fearless warfare is necessary for the victory.
Remember these keys. They apply whenever we are facing a battle. Personally, every victory in my life has come from believing the Word, standing on the Word, and speaking the Word back to the LORD. He has taught me that once I had His direction through His Word, I was to never give up. He has always given me the strength to battle, or when He required me to stand still, the patience to let Him war for me.
Whatever we are facing today, we must remember that it is the LORD who contends with our enemy. "For the battle is not yours, but God's" (2 Chrn. 20:15).
1. United States Election Project (https://www.electproject.org/2016g)