WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
FEBRUARY 01, 2024
TOPIC: THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD WILL GIVE YOU VICTORY
BY T. O. BANSO
“And when the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed them and harassed them” (Judges 2:18 New King James Version).
When the Lord is with you, you will be victorious. In Joshua 6, the Bible records Israel’s victory over Jericho in the unconventional battle Joshua led. The wall of Jericho fell without any physical attack but by following divine instructions. That chapter ends by saying, “So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout all the country” (Joshua 6:27 New King James Version). But the LORD’s presence had been with Joshua from the outset, and that was what gave them victory.
Earlier before he took over leadership, the Lord had told Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9 New King James Version). Note the phrase “the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
In verse 17, even the Israelites, while pledging their loyalty to him, recognized the importance of the presence of the Lord with him as a requirement for his success in leading them. The Israelites said, “Just as we heeded Moses in all things, so we will heed you. Only the Lord your God be with you, as He was with Moses” (New King James Version). They prayed that the LORD would be with Joshua. He was as He had told him. His presence with Joshua gave him victory.
Judges 1:19 says, “So the Lord was with Judah. And they drove out the mountaineers, but they could not drive out the inhabitants of the lowland, because they had chariots of iron” (New King James Version). The inability of the Israelites to drive out the inhabitants of the lowland, because they had chariots of iron, was not a failure on God’s part. Their chariots of iron were not more powerful than the presence of the Lord. The failure was Judah’s fault. As the New Living Translation puts the verse, the Israelites failed to drive them out. “The Lord was with the people of Judah, and they took possession of the hill country. But they failed to drive out the people living in the plains, who had iron chariots” (Judges 1:19 New Living Translation Version). They did not trust in God to drive out the inhabitants of the lowland.
All the judges of Israel that God raised were victorious because the Lord was with them. Judges 2:18 says, “And when the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed them and harassed them” (New King James Version). Because the Lord was with the judges whom He raised for the Israelites, He gave them victory over their enemies. He rescued the Israelites.
The Lord is always with His children. Always be conscious of His presence with you. Hold on to the promise of God’s presence, and victory is assured. Jesus said in Matthew 28:20 that He was with His disciples always, even to the end of the age. Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you” (New King James Version). The Lord is with you; walk in the consciousness of His presence. He will give you victory in any situation you may be in.
In the book of Exodus 33, Moses, who brought the Israelites out of Egypt, told the Lord he had not told him whom He would send with him on the journey to the Promised Land. “And He said, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest’” (Exodus 33:14 New King James Version). Moses understood the importance of the presence of the Lord. He replied to the Lord, “Then he said to Him, ‘If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth’” (verses 15-16 New King James Version).
I like the way the New Living Translation puts Exodus 33:14-15. It says, “The Lord replied, ‘I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.’ Then Moses said, ‘If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place.’” Note the phrase “I will personally go with you.” The Lord will go personally with you. Be conscious of His presence. The Lord is with you. The presence of the Lord with you means that He is going with you although you don’t see Him physically. Therefore, victory is assured. To assure Moses that He would do what he had asked, the Lord, at Moses’ request, showed him His glory (verses 17-23).
Although Ishmael was a product of human wisdom, God was with him even after Abraham had sent him and his mother, Hagar, away. The Bible says about Ishmael, “So God was with the lad; and he grew and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer” (Genesis 21:20 New King James Version). God was with Ishmael for Abraham’s sake. Abraham had asked God that Ishmael, who was the only child he had at the time Isaac had not been born, might live under His blessing (Genesis 17:18).
The Lord promised to bless Ishmael, make him fruitful, and multiply him exceedingly. He would be the father of twelve rulers, and He would make him a great nation (Genesis 17:20). That was God’s promise about the son of the bondwoman just because he was Abraham’s firstborn son. Remember that Genesis 21:20 says God was with the lad.
You are a child of God. If God could be with the son of a bondwoman for the sake of Abraham, why will He not be with you? Every born-again person is born of God. God has promised to be with you always. His presence will go with you. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 31:8 New International Version). His presence will give you victory. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (verse 6 New International Version).
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Holy Spirit, help me to live in the consciousness of the presence of the Lord with me. Because the Lord is with me, I have victory in Jesus’ name. I will overcome all my challenges and defeat all my enemies.
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T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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