Shall I Go Up?

  • Exodus 14:13… But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.
  • Deuteronomy 20:1… “When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you.
  • 1 Samuel 17:47… and that all this assembly may know that the LORD does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the LORD’S and He will give you into our hands.”

You have heard me say, “Believers, fight from a place of victory in Christ!” It is a truth worth repeating… and yet, rushing into spiritual warfare can lead to disaster and defeat. Although we are taught to remain on the offense, presuming to enter a battle God has not called us to fight… well, it can be a dangerous mistake. We all are in a spiritual war, but the battle really is the Lord’s! He fights for us… even when we are unaware.

The Battle is the Lord’s!

The Wise Spiritual Warrior:

Many Old Testament hero built quite a reputation for warfare… and it appears the Body of Christ has also. Wisdom is a vital key to victory. David asked the Lord time and time again, “Shall I go up?” (2 Sam. 5:19). It was his path of spiritual discernment… before running into the fierce unpredictable battlefront, he would confront his own heart. “Am I in the will of God… if I enter this battle?” Let that phrase enter your spirit – “Shall I go up?” I believe, every spiritual warrior needs to ask this question before engaging the enemy. In other words, we need to be lead by the Holy Spirit into battle, if we want God to show us His purpose and triumph over all that concerns us. If we lose a battle, get overwhelmed or find ourselves desperate… it could very well be that the Holy Spirit was not leading us into the spiritual struggle in the first place.

The Key is Humility in Warfare!

David displayed humility in his warfare, and I have learned to do the same. The Bible tells us the story of Ahab, Jezebel’s husband and a mighty warrior who posted many victories, who were certainly full of pride (1 Kings 22:17-23). God’s prophet Micaiah clearly told Ahab what no other person was saying: that he would lose if he went to battle in Ramoth Gilead . Instead of heeding the voice of God’s prophet, proud Ahab arrested the man of God and ran to the battle line anyway. As Micaiah prophetically warned… Ahab was defeated and killed in the end.

Obey the Father!

Before you run into the spiritual battles in your life, ask the Holy Spirit, “Shall I go up?” Then obey what the Father tells you. It could be that God has assigned someone else to “go up” and defeat the enemy. It could be that God is taking the battle into His own hands. Or it could be that you are not equipped or lack knowledge. Ask yourself, if your skill in battle is enough… is that really all you need to take on the enemy that rises up against you? The reason you go into battle does matter! It speaks of whose battle it really is! Obedience is better by far than sacrificing your time and energy in a questionable fight. What matters is being in the will of God, even in spiritual warfare.

Be in the Will of God!

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