Defending Our Ground

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Eleazar became one of David’s “mighty men.” He earned that distinction during a time when David’s men confronted a Philistine army that was gathered together to battle Israel.

The conflict moved to a “plot of ground full of barley.” There, many were afraid and “fled before the Philistines.” But, inspired by Eleazar’s leadership, others stood their ground. The tide was turned, and defeat was turned into a “great victory.” These brave men had acted in faith, and the Lord saved them.

On another occasion, Israel was surrounded by a great army. Feeling that all was lost, Elisha’s servant asked, “What shall we do?” Seeing the situation with spiritual eyes, Elisha declared, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” When the servant’s eyes were opened spiritually, he saw “the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire.” At God’s command, Elisha prayed and the opposing army was struck with blindness (2 Kings 6:14-18).

As Believers, we know we will face situations like these—both practical problems and spiritual attacks. If we approach these situations in our own strength, we can become fearful. We may be tempted to run and assume defeat, just like many who encountered the Philistines.

But the Bible tells us we are to “be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13). We can be ready for attacks by putting on “the full armor of God” so we can “stand firm” (Ephesians 6:11).

Ask God to help you stand firm, living by faith instead of running in fear. Always trust in Him. Never accept defeat, but believe Him for victory in every situation.