This stallion is a ready warrior. His posture reveals his muscular body. He is moving forward, taking action with his head held high. His body reveals his strong brave heart and his mindset. Even his name tells of his valor: Hammer. He is entering a conflict to win a battle.
We are not people who turn back and are lost. Instead, we have faith and are saved.
King Asa was a good king in the Old Testament who honored God. He not only destroyed idols and pagan places of worship, but also led the people of Judah to obey God. He fortified the cities by building walls, towers, and gates so that enemies would be kept out. Not only did he have an army of over 1/2 million, but they were well equipped, well trained, and brave. As a result of his obedience there was peace in the land for ten years.
Faith and Action Work Together
But, the Ethiopian army with a million man army advanced against Judah. Twice the manpower came against them, yet King Asa, a ready warrior, went out to meet them.
Asa prayed to the LORD his God, “O LORD, you can help a weak army as easily as a powerful one. Help us now, O LORD our God, because we are relying on you, and in your name we have come out to fight against this huge army. LORD, you are our God; no one can hope to defeat you.” 2 Chronicles 14:11
The account of this victory gives the LORD the credit.
The LORD defeated the Ethiopian army when Asa and the Judean army attacked them. They fled. 2 Chronicles 14:12
Then a prophet comes to see the king with a warning and a word of encouragement. See 2 Chronicles 15:1-8 for the complete word. He warns the king to stay faithful to God and He will be faithful to him.
But, there is something important you need to remember when you go out to fight, besides asking God for help. Remember that our battles are spiritual. We are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against demonic powers that keep people bound in addictions and in sin. So we need to rid ourselves of hate because it leads to murder.
If we say that we are in the light, yet hate others, we are in the darkness to this very hour. If we love others, we live in the light, and so there is nothing in us that will cause someone else to sin. But if we hate others, we are in the darkness; we walk in it and do not know where we are going, because the darkness has made us blind. 1 John 2:9-11.
What is the remedy to stop hating? Forgiveness, of course. Just as we are forgiven by Jesus, so we must forgive also.
Will you answer the call? Will you be a ready warrior for Christ?
But you are the chosen race, the King’s priests, the holy nation, God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his own marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9
The apostle Peter knew Jesus, he was one of the disciples of Jesus who was close to Him. Peter thought he was ready to die for Jesus. But, Jesus warned him he would deny he even knew Jesus. When Jesus was arrested, Peter cut off a man’s ear in an attempt to defend Jesus. But, Jesus put the man’s ear back on. Later, when Jesus was being tried, Peter was identified by a servant girl. And he denied he knew Jesus, 3 times. This broke Peter’s heart and he wept. He realized his weakness.
Do you know your weakness? Will you ask Jesus to help you instead of defending yourself?
Peter did not run away or kill himself like Judas, who betrayed Jesus and turned him in for 30 pieces of silver. Jesus found Peter, accepted him back, and gave him work to do. He was loved, he loved, and he would do the work that love called for.
Jesus gave us this assurance,
“The world will make you suffer. But be brave! I have defeated the world!” John 16:33.
Be brave in your fight against sin! Get rid of any unforgiveness and hate. Pray for your enemies.
Pray for God’s help.
Take that positive action in faith. Be a ready warrior.
Scripture quotations are taken from the GOOD NEWS TRANSLATION, SECOND EDITION, Copyright©1992 by American Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved.