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Then the officers who were over thousands of the army, the captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, came near to Moses; and they said to Moses, “Your servants have taken a count of the men of war who are under our command, and not a man of us is missing.” (Numbers 31:48-49)

Pursuant to the battle, a division of the spoils of war was conducted among those who fought in the battle. Along with the dispersion of the plunder, a count was made of those who had participated and it was discovered that not one man man of Israel was missing –- no casualties at all. That is astounding in the natural but not so unexpected when one serves the living God. If He goes before the congregation of the LORD, there should be no fear of the enemy.

Moreover, if He goes before us, we should expect that He fights the battle for us. True, men had to wield a sword but it was He who led them, sustained them and brought them the victory. The captains of Israel acknowledged this by bringing an offering to the LORD from among the spoils they had received (Numbers 31:50). They understood that, without the LORD, this victory — and certainly the victory with no casualties — was indication that He was with them.

We have the promise that our enemies will flee from before us and that “Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight” (Leviticus 26:8). In the natural that would never happen, but with God all things are possible — including going into battle without having to fear the enemy before you. That includes the Adversary that we war against along with his imps and minions. In Messiah, we have been given authority over them and, yet in the end, it is “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 4:6).

Blessings and Shalom,  




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