How to Win Physical War. 2

Posted by Ambassador T. Brikins
Sometimes evil events and bad news capture our   attention.
This may happen through the forceful interpretation of physical happenings around us. This unseen magnetic attraction distracts us from the track of values and beliefs that define our essence and the race set before us.

In 2 Chronicles 32:10-21, Sennacherib despised God and threatened the Israelites. He ridiculed their belief in God. “ Then King Sennacherib of Assyria, while still besieging the town of Lachish, sent officials to Jerusalem with this message for Hezekiah and all the people in the city:
“This is what King Sennacherib of Assyria says: What are you trusting in that makes you think you can survive my siege of Jerusalem?
Hezekiah has said, ‘The LORD our God will rescue us from the king of Assyria.’

“Surely you must realize that Hezekiah is the very person who destroyed all the Lord’s shrines and altars. He commanded Judah and Jerusalem to worship at only the one altar at the Temple and to make sacrifices on it alone.
 Hezekiah is misleading you, sentencing you to death by famine and thirst!
“Surely you must realize what I and the other kings of Assyria before me have done to all the people of the earth! Were any of the gods of those nations able to rescue their people from my power?
”Name just one time when any god, anywhere, was able to rescue his people from me! What makes you think your God can do any better?
”Don’t let Hezekiah fool you! Don’t let him deceive you like this! I say it again—no god of any nation has ever yet been able to rescue his people from me or my ancestors. How much less will your God rescue you from my power?”
”And Sennacherib’s officials further mocked the LORD God and his servant Hezekiah, heaping insult upon insult.
”The king also sent letters scorning the LORD, the God of Israel. He wrote, “Just as the gods of all the other nations failed to rescue their people from my power, so the God of Hezekiah will also fail.”
”The Assyrian officials who brought the letters shouted this in the Hebrew language to the people gathered on the walls of the city, trying to terrify them so it would be easier to capture the city.
”These officials talked about the God of Jerusalem as though he were one of the pagan gods, made by human hands.
”Then King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to God in heaven.
And the LORD sent an angel who destroyed the Assyrian army with all its commanders and officers. So Sennacherib returned home in disgrace to his own land. And when he entered the temple of his god, some of his own sons killed him there with a sword”.
New Living Translation

Victory came because the king despised the threat of war and enforced his focus on the living God.

In another case King David found strength in the midst of mutiny.

 “David was now in serious trouble because his men were very bitter about losing their wives and children, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the LORD his God”.  1 Samuel 30:6.NLT.

We must fight our circumstances and situations by defining our focus in order to take an appropriate action. Paul said, “can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death?
” No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us”.  [Romans 8: 35, 37]NLT.

So what may we do in the challenge of war? 3.
The honest heart gets God's attention

  1. We should recognize that our victory comes from God.

  1. We should repent and love God. [Judges 9:2-6, 18-20, 23-25, 27-28, 52].

There are instances were wars were used to remove undesirable rulers and the wrongs they did were corrected. The leaders of Shechem   made Abimelech king because he was their relation and gave him idol money to hire reckless troublemakers [mercenaries] to kill his 70 brothers.

  1. We should pray to have anointed leaders.
King David was a successful leader because like King Cyrus in Isaiah 45:1, he was chosen and anointed by God.

 “Now is the time! For the LORD has said, ‘I have chosen David to save my people from the Philistines and from all their other enemies.’ 2 Samuel 3:18.NLT

”… for a long time, even while Saul was our king, you were the one who really led Israel. And the LORD has told you, ‘You will be the shepherd of my people Israel. You will be their leader.’’ 2 Samuel 5:2.

 “Finally, the LORD said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel. Now fill your horn with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my new king.”
1 Samuel 16:1

May we never groan under the leadership of rejected leader.

“And David became more and more powerful, because the LORD God Almighty was with him”. 2 Samuel 5:10

God’s presence follows the anointed leader {2 Samuel 5; 10].The secret of David’s success was because God was with him.

Cyrus is another leader who was anointed by God to conquer nations and fortified cities and release the Israelites from the captivity of Babylonian.

“This is Jehovah’s message to Cyrus; God’s anointed whom He has chosen to conquer many lands. God shall empower his right hand and he shall crush the strength of mighty kings.” [Isaiah 44:28; 45:1-14].

  1. We should know that God is interested in the affairs of His people.

” And David realized that the LORD had made him king over Israel and had made his kingdom great for the sake of his people Israel.”  2Samuel 5:12. NLT.

  1. We should know that our repentance can turn around a bad social situation.

 In Judges 19-20, rape resulted in war. The Israelites consulted God before going to war. On two occasions [Judges 20: 18, 26], God allowed them to go to war. But they were defeated on both expeditions. They consulted the third time and the Lord allowed them to go to war. This time they defeated their enemies. Continue to trust in Him and be faithful inspite of the odds.

  1. We should not be self-reliant and unfaithful.

Self reliance could result in defeat. Though the Philistines were scared of the Israelites [1 Samuel 4:5-8] because of the victories God had given to them, the Israelite’s departure from serving God in spirit and truth [faithlessness] by holding unto a “form of godliness”   resulted in their defeat.

  1. We should be interested in the appointment of leaders.

Leaders who do not respect justice will cause much trouble. Romans 13:3, 4, 5. “For the authorities do not frighten people who are doing right, but they frighten those who do wrong. So do what they say, and you will get along well.

”The authorities are sent by God to help you. But if you are doing something wrong, of course you should be afraid, for you will be punished. The authorities are established by God for that very purpose, to punish those who do wrong.

” So you must obey the government for two reasons: to keep from being punished and to keep a clear conscience”.NLT.
Unfortunately, the contrary is the case where many civil authorities are terrors to people of good conduct.

God’s Weapons for Victory. 4.

Your decision to get involved makes you a weapon in God's hands.

Below are some war weapons of God.

1.     The Voice of His People.

“Ask me and I will tell you some remarkable secrets about what is going to happen here.” Jeremiah 33:3. [NLT]

“The Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the Negev, heard that the Israelites were approaching on the road to Atharim. So he attacked the Israelites and took some of them as prisoners.
” Then the people of Israel made this vow to the LORD: “If you will help us conquer these people, we will completely destroy all their towns.”
“The LORD heard their request and gave them victory over the Canaanites. The Israelites completely destroyed them and their towns, and the place has been called Numbers 21:1, 2, 3. [.NLT].

2.     God fights for His people, by giving them specific Instructions.

Joshua was successful because he did as the Lord commanded him to do.

“Do not be afraid of them,” the LORD said to Joshua, “for I will give you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you.”
“In a single campaign Joshua conquered all these kings and their land, for the LORD, the God of Israel, was fighting for His people”. Joshua 10:8,NLT.

Ahab’s victory over Ben-Hadad was as a result of definite instructions from God.

1kings 20; 13,14,19,20.
 Then a prophet came to see King Ahab and told him, “This is what the LORD says: Do you see all these enemy forces? Today I will hand them all over to you. Then you will know that I am the LORD.”
 14 Ahab asked, “How will he do it?”
And the prophet replied, “This is what the LORD says: The troops of the provincial commanders will do it.”
“Should we attack first?” Ahab asked.
“Yes,” the prophet answered.
 19. But by now Ahab’s provincial commanders had led the army out to fight.
20 .Each Israelite soldier killed his Aramean opponent, and suddenly the entire Aramean army panicked and fled. The Israelites chased them, but King Ben-hadad and a few others escaped on horses.

4. Prayer of intervention.

We have the privilege as God’s sons to ask Him to intervene in war situation.
” On the day the LORD gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the LORD in front of all the people of Israel. He said,
Let the sun stand still over Gibeon,
and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.”
”The LORD fought for Israel that day. Never before or since has there been a day like that one, when the LORD answered such a request from a human being.
 Joshua 24:11, 12, 14. [NLT]

“As the Aramean army advanced toward them, Elisha prayed, “O LORD, please make them blind.” And the LORD did as Elisha asked.
 “Then Elisha went out and told them, “You have come the wrong way! This isn’t the right city! Follow me, and I will take you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria.
 “As soon as they had entered Samaria, Elisha prayed, “O LORD, now open their eyes and let them see.” And the LORD did, and they discovered that they were in Samaria.
2 Kings 6:18. [NLT]

5. The Lord can send confusion in the midst of your enemies.

” Just as Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines arrived for battle. But the LORD spoke with a mighty voice of thunder from heaven, and the Philistines were thrown into such confusion that the Israelites defeated them.
1 Samuel 7:10. [NLT].

6. Turn your hearts to God.

 Destroy the idols among you and turn your hearts to God.

“All right then,” Joshua said, “destroy the idols among you, and turn your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel.”
 Joshua 24:23. [NLT]

8. Recognize God’s Help.

 “Samuel then took a large stone and placed it between the towns of Mizpah and Jeshanah. He named it Ebenezer—”the stone of help”—for he said, “Up to this point the LORD has helped us!”
” So the Philistines were subdued and didn’t invade Israel again for a long time. And throughout Samuel’s lifetime, the Lord’s powerful hand was raised against the Philistines”. 1 Samuel 7:12, 13. [NLT]

9.     God’s Favor and Blessing.

 1 Samuel 17: 34-37
“But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock,
” I go after it with a club and take the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death.
” I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God!
” The LORD who saved me from the claws of the lion and the bear will save me from this Philistine!”

10.                        The Name of the Lord.

 1 Samuel 17:45, 50.
“David shouted in reply, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD Almighty—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
” So David triumphed over the Philistine giant with only a stone and sling. And since he had no sword”

Goliath was an accomplished warrior. The Israelite’s army knew his expertise at war and feared him. But as he approached the untrained teenager David, he revealed the actual secret of his strength. “Am I a dog,” Goliath roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods.
”David shouted in reply, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD Almighty—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
1Samuel 17:43-45. [NLT]

“The religious significance of the contest is seen in the powerlessness of the Philistine gods to carry out Goliath’s curse on David and in the battle cry of David”,

11.                         Horses and Chariots of Fire.

 2 Kings 6:15.
“When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Ah, my lord, what will we do now?” he cried out to Elisha.

Ask for the intervention of heavenly resources. Jesus said He could ask His Father to send Angels while Elijah prayed that God should open his servant’s eyes to see heavenly forces. Faith is required to do this.

  1. Boldness

You have the spirit of boldness and a sound mind and love from God.

2 Kings 6:16
 “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!”
 “Then Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!” The LORD opened his servant’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.
New Living Translation

 God Wins Great Wars With Simple Objects.

Extraordinary feats were also accomplished by use of ordinary objects.  Though we may exhibit dexterity in technological and conventional warfare, we should remember that God gives the victory. What we need to do is dedicate what we have for His use. God does not need weapons to give His people victory in war.

There was cautious reason why the Israel’s army was frightened as not to be able to face Goliath’s challenge. “Rabbinic literature says that Goliath, “…boasted of having slain Eli’s two sons [1Samuel 4:11], and that he had stolen the ark of Israel [1Samuel 4:17]. The seventeen year old David knew this and attacked the nine feet [2.7meters] tall Goliath. “And everyone will know that the LORD does not need weapons to rescue his people. It is his battle, not ours. The LORD will give you to us!”
1Samuel 17:47[NLT]

1.     Ram’s Horn


Joshua flattened the walls of Jericho with ram’s horn.  Ram’s horn is for worship not a war weapon. But God said to Joshua,

“Your entire army is to march around the city once a day for six days.
 “Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the horns.
 “When you hear the priests give one long blast on the horns, have all the people give a mighty shout. Then the walls of the city will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the city.”
Joshua 6:3-5[NLT]

2. Horns, Jars and Torches.


Gideon defeated the Midianites with horns, jars and torches.

“It was just after midnight, after the changing of the guard, when Gideon and the one hundred men with him reached the outer edge of the Midianite camp. Suddenly, they blew the horns and broke their clay jars.
 “Then all three groups blew their horns and broke their jars. They held the blazing torches in their left hands and the horns in their right hands and shouted, “A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!”
 “Each man stood at his position around the camp and watched as all the Midianites rushed around in a panic, shouting as they ran.
 “When the three hundred Israelites blew their horns, the LORD caused the warriors in the camp to fight against each other with their swords. Those who were not killed fled to places as far away as Beth-shittah near Zererah and to the border of Abel-meholah near Tabbath.”
Judges 7:19-22. [NLT].

This extraordinary victory came because God was behind it. “The LORD said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength.
“Therefore, tell the people, ‘Whoever is timid or afraid may leave and go home.’ Twenty-two thousand of them went home, leaving only ten thousand who were willing to fight.
 “But the LORD told Gideon, “There are still too many! Bring them down to the spring, and I will sort out who will go with you and who will not.”
 “When Gideon took his warriors down to the water, the LORD told him, “Divide the men into two groups. In one group put all those who cup water in their hands and lap it up with their tongues like dogs. In the other group put all those who kneel down and drink with their mouths in the stream.”
“Only three hundred of the men drank from their hands. All the others got down on their knees and drank with their mouths in the stream.
 “The LORD told Gideon, “With these three hundred men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.”
 “So Gideon collected the provisions and rams’ horns of the other warriors and sent them home. But he kept the three hundred men with him.
Now the Midianite camp was in the valley just below Gideon.
 “During the night, the LORD said, “Get up! Go down into the Midianite camp, for I have given you victory over them!
 “But if you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah.
 “Listen to what the Midianites are saying, and you will be greatly encouraged. Then you will be eager to attack.”
So Gideon took Purah and went down to the outposts of the enemy camp.
 “The armies of Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east had settled in the valley like a swarm of locusts. Their camels were like grains of sand on the seashore—too many to count!
 “Gideon crept up just as a man was telling his friend about a dream. The man said, “I had this dream, and in my dream a loaf of barley bread came tumbling down into the Midianite camp. It hit a tent, turned it over, and knocked it flat!”
 “His friend said, “Your dream can mean only one thing—God has given Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite, victory over all the armies united with Midian!”
Judges 7:2-14. [N LT].

3. Small Stones

“Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it from his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face downward to the ground.
 “So David triumphed over the Philistine giant with only a stone and sling. And since he had no sword,
1Samuel 17:49, 50. [NLT].

4. Jaw bone.
Samson killed 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of an ass.
“Then he picked up a donkey’s jawbone that was lying on the ground and killed a thousand Philistines with it.
Joshua 15:15[NLT].

How was he able to do this? He was anointed of God. ” As Samson arrived at Lehi, the Philistines came shouting in triumph. But the Spirit of the LORD powerfully took control of Samson, and he snapped the ropes on his arms as if they were burnt strands of flax, and they fell from his wrists.
Joshua 15:14, 16, 17. [NLT]

“And Samson said,” With the jawbone of a donkey, I’ve made heaps on heaps! With the jawbone of a donkey, I’ve killed a thousand men!”
 “When he finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone; and the place was named Jawbone Hill.”
New Living Translation

5. Wall

‘The two armies camped opposite each other for seven days, and on the seventh day the battle began. The Israelites killed 100,000 Aramean foot soldiers in one day.
 “The rest fled behind the walls of Aphek, but the wall fell on them and killed another 27,000. Ben-hadad fled into the city and hid in a secret room.
1Kings 20; 29.30[NLT]

6. Water


2kings 3; 21-24.

“Meanwhile, when the people of Moab heard about the three armies marching against them, they mobilized every man who could fight, young and old, and stationed themselves along their border.
 “But when they got up the next morning, the sun was shining across the water, making it look as red as blood.
”Its blood!” the Moabites exclaimed. “The three armies have attacked and killed each other! Let’s go and collect the plunder!”
 “When they arrived at the Israelite camp, the army of Israel rushed out and attacked the Moabites, who turned and ran. The army of Israel chased them into the land of Moab, destroying everything as they went.

7. Revelation of enemy’s plans.

2 Kings 6:8-12
 When the king of Aram was at war with Israel, he would confer with his officers and say, “We will mobilize our forces at such and such a place.”
 “But immediately Elisha, the man of God, would warn the king of Israel, “Do not go near that place, for the Arameans are planning to mobilize their troops there.”
 “So the king of Israel would send word to the place indicated by the man of God, warning the people there to be on their guard. This happened several times.
 “The king of Aram became very upset over this. He called in his officers and demanded, “Which of you is the traitor? Who has been informing the king of Israel of my plans?”
  “It’s not us, my lord,” one of the officers replied. “Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in the privacy of your bedroom!”

  1. Clatter

 2 Kings 7:5-7
 “So that evening they went out to the camp of the Arameans, but no one was there!
 “For the Lord had caused the whole army of Aram to hear the clatter of speeding chariots and the galloping of horses and the sounds of a great army approaching. “The king of Israel has hired the Hittites and Egyptians to attack us!” they cried out.
9. False Report/the Angel of the Lord


2 Kings 19; 5- 16, 35, 36
“After King Hezekiah’s officials delivered the king’s message to Isaiah,
  The prophet replied, “Say to your master, ‘this is what the LORD says: Do not be disturbed by this blasphemous speech against me from the Assyrian king’s messengers.
 “Listen! I myself will move against him, and the king will receive a report from Assyria telling him that he is needed at home. Then I will make him want to return to his land, where I will have him killed with a sword.’”
” Meanwhile, the Assyrian representative left Jerusalem and went to consult his king, who had left Lachish and was attacking Libnah.
 “Soon afterward King Sennacherib received word that King Tirhakah of Ethiopia was leading an army to fight against him. Before leaving to meet the attack, he sent this message back to Hezekiah in Jerusalem:
 “This message is for King Hezekiah of Judah. Don’t let this God you trust deceive you with promises that Jerusalem will not be captured by the king of Assyria.
 “You know perfectly well what the kings of Assyria have done wherever they have gone. They have crushed everyone who stood in their way! Why should you be any different?
 “Have the gods of other nations rescued them—such nations as Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Tel-assar? The former kings of Assyria destroyed them all!
” What happened to the king of Hamath and the king of Arpad? What happened to the kings of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?”
 “After Hezekiah received the letter and read it, he went up to the Lord’s Temple and spread it out before the LORD.
 “And Hezekiah prayed this prayer before the LORD: “O LORD, God of Israel, you are enthroned between the mighty cherubim! You alone are God of all the kingdoms of the earth. You alone created the heavens and the earth.
 “Listen to me, O LORD, and hear! Open your eyes, O LORD, and see! Listen to Sennacherib’s words of defiance against the living God.
35.” That night the angel of the LORD went out to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian troops. When the surviving Assyrians woke up the next morning, they found corpses everywhere.
 36.”Then King Sennacherib of Assyria broke camp and returned to his own land. He went home to his capital of Nineveh and stayed there.