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He'll Fight For You!

Oh, To Know You Lord!

Philippians 3:8-10(NLT) - Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!

Everything else is worthless when compared to knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Everything! The King James Version uses the much stronger word, dung, to describe how little we should value the things we consider to be so important in this world. Our qualifications, reputation, money, status, possessions, knowledge, etc. are nothing compared to Him. In fact, the very things that we set our alarms for and woke up this morning to do should never be placed before knowing Him. If He is not the primary reason for waking up each morning why do we wake up? Why? He should be the reason why we wake up because whether we want to admit it or not, He already is the reason why we can wake up in the first place. It's His prerogative to give us another day of life and for that we must be grateful.

Welcome to today's blog. Yesterday, at The Body Church we emphasized the importance of developing a true friendship with God. Though He might not be a respecter of persons according to Acts 10:34, He treats His friends completely differently to other people. When you're close to God there are distinct advantages that nobody else has access to. In the article, Accept God's Friend Request, a few weeks ago we studied the lives of several people who benefited from their proximity to God.

The Apostle James said in James 2:23; "And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God." In Genesis 20, God defended His friend Abraham by issuing a death threat to King Abimelech in a dream for even thinking of sleeping with Abraham's wife. A death threat? Yes, check this out;

Genesis 20(NKJV) - And Abraham journeyed from there to the South, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur, and stayed in Gerar. 2 Now Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. 3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, “Indeed you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.” 4 But Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, “Lord, will You slay a righteous nation also? 5 Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she, even she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this.” 6 And God said to him in a dream, “Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart. For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her. 7 Now therefore, restore the man’s wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.” 8 So Abimelech rose early in the morning, called all his servants, and told all these things in their hearing; and the men were very much afraid. 9 And Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? How have I offended you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done deeds to me that ought not to be done.” 10 Then Abimelech said to Abraham, “What did you have in view, that you have done this thing?” 11 And Abraham said, “Because I thought, surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will kill me on account of my wife. 12 But indeed she is truly my sister. She is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife. 13 And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said to her, ‘This is your kindness that you should do for me: in every place, wherever we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”’” 14 Then Abimelech took sheep, oxen, and male and female servants, and gave them to Abraham; and he restored Sarah his wife to him. 15 And Abimelech said, “See, my land is before you; dwell where it pleases you.” 16 Then to Sarah he said, “Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver; indeed this vindicates you[a] before all who are with you and before everybody.” Thus she was rebuked. 17 So Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants. Then they bore children; 18 for the Lord had closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.

God didn't just threaten Abimelech with death but He made all the women in his household barren just because the king thought of sleeping with Abraham's wife. Don't you want God to value you so much that He would defend you the way He defended His friend Abraham? Are you close enough to God that He could call you His friend? Do you really know Him? Do you have a track record of seeing God unleash His great power against anybody who has ever come up against you?

Oh, to know you Lord! I have enemies I cannot see plotting against me. There are traps laid out for me today that are well hidden. Without you, I will fall right into them but with you, my enemies will fall into the traps they created. Everyone who even thinks of harming me or my family will face the brute force of your power. You defend your friends so I know that you will defend me. God is ready to defend His people against their enemies. He is ready to scare the living daylights out of our enemies. It's time for the fear of The Lord to hit this earth like it never has before. Yet God can't put His fear in our enemies if we don't first put His fear in our hearts. We must willingly fear, honor and respect God before we expect anyone else to be forced to do so on our behalf.

Numbers 12:1-9(NKJV) - Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman. 2 So they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” And the Lord heard it. 3 (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.) 4 Suddenly the Lord said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tabernacle of meeting!” So the three came out. 5 Then the Lord came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam. And they both went forward. 6 Then He said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. 7 Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house. 8 I speak with him face to face, Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; And he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant Moses?” 9 So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed.

What a fascinating account of God standing up for His friend? Pay close attention to verse 6. God demonstrated that His relationship with Moses was stronger than His relationship with any prophet. He said that when He speaks to prophets He uses visions and dreams but when He speaks to Moses He speaks face to face. Not just that, but He speaks plainly and does not use riddles. Wait, there's more. He said that Moses sees His form. What? Yes! God would manifest Himself to chat with Moses like He did with Adam and Eve. The Bible says in Exodus 33:11(NKJV), "So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend...."

Don't you want God to do that for you? Think about it. There are people right now gossipping about you at work when suddenly a blinding light enters the office stunning everyone. Then a deep voice like a trumpet thunders from the light calling each of them out to stand before Him. Then He asks them a simple question like He asked Aaron and Miriam, "Now you know the kind of relationship I have with (put your name here), were you not afraid to speak against my child? I talk to people through the scriptures, signs, dreams, visions and parables but I talk to (put your name here) face to face. Why did you think it was okay? Now you will feel my wrath."

Maybe it's just me but I'm tired of defending myself. I'm tired of getting deceived and bamboozled because I trust that people would treat me fairly. It's time for me to get so close to God that I never have to fight alone again. In fact, He doesn't just want to fight with me. He wants to fight for me. He wants to win battles on my behalf that I never even know were fought. I just show up after to pick up the spoils. With that arrangement, I can never lose again. He wants to be my friend. He wants to be your friend too. He wants to fight for you.

John 15:14(KJV) - Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

It's that simple. God's friends do whatever He says. If you obey God you have accepted His request for friendship. Now read what He does for His friends. He fights for them.

2 Chronicles 20:14-26(NKJV) - Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. 15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. 17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” 18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. 19 Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with voices loud and high. 20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.”[c] 22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. 24 So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped. 25 When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies,[d] and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much. 26 And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed the Lord; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah[e] until this day.

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