The Lord my Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights! For the choir director: on stringed instruments. Habakkuk 3:19 CSB
4 Barak abdicated his authority to a woman and the women got the praise for killing Sisera. God is no respecter of persons and will use anyone willing to do His will. In that day and age it was infrequent to find women in charge but the Lord knew Deborah who He had anointed to prophecy would follow His will. Obedience is all it takes for the Lord to give us the victory though He fights the battle! Obedience, not anything else. As written many times in this blog:
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (1 John 5:3-4)
5 9 My heart is with the leaders of Israel, with the volunteers of the people. Blessed be the Lord!
Give praise to God, telling of His righteous acts and the great deeds of His people!
31 Lord, may all your enemies perish as Sisera did. But may those who love him be like the rising of the sun in its strength.
Any place without the Lord is deserted and barren! The Spirit brings life to all who desire it. Living righteously brings peace and confidence in the Lord. It also brings natural abundance with growth in what is planted.
Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from eternity to eternity, you are God. For in your sight a thousand years are like yesterday that passes by, like a few hours of the night. Psalm 90:2, 4 CSB
2 Because of the disobedience to drive out then enemy, the enemy became a significant problem to the people and the enemy still is that problem! Obey and give NO PLACE WHATSOEVER TO THE ENEMY AND his WAYS! Sin is the enemy's ways. Disobedience to God is the enemy's ways. All of the ways of the Lord must be passed on to our children and their children continuously. This is why God chose Abraham because Abraham passed on the ways of the Lord to the generations that followed him as long as he lived.
For I have chosenhim so that he will command his children and his house after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. This is how the Lord will fulfill to Abraham what he promised him.” Genesis 18:19
There is never victory in rebellion against the Lord. All that a person doesn't want to come upon themselves does when they choose the devil and ways of this world over their Creator and lover of their souls! Yet, the Lord is moved with pity when His children suffer! His mercy is beyond description but I am so incredibly thankful for His wonderful new, every morning, mercies upon my life! What a loving Abba You are, my God! God used the appointing of Judges to lead the people but the heart of the people was not with their God.
3 We are tested to know where our hearts are really at, with God or not. I pray my God I will never again fail Your testing. We need to learn to fight against the enemy and be taught spiritual warfare for ourselves and those around us.