God looks at His people as a family. God also looks at His family as an army.
Let’s look at the story of Gideon. God visited with him one day and said, “Thou mighty warrior!” God called him to do war against 135,000 soldiers. Israel had 32,000 soldiers. God said, “That’s too many.” Then he started qualifying soldiers. First he told Gideon to ask how many were afraid. Wow: 22,000 were sent home. Then Gideon had 10,000. God said, “It’s still too many.” God said, “Bring them down to the water and the ones who get on all fours and cup the water to their mouth to drink can stay. They ended up with 300 soldiers. God said, “That’s enough.” That way when they won everybody would know the victory came from God.
The first qualification was being fearless. We must stand against fear and overcome it by walking in faith.
The second qualification was alertness. We must be alert to the wiles of the devil. Paul the apostle said, “We are not ignorant of the devil’s devises.” An old hymn said, “Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin; Each vict’ry will help you some other to win; Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue; Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.”
The Bible tells us to submit ourselves to God, resist the devil, and he will run as one in terror from us. We must be alert to the Captain of our Salvation. We need to endeavor to walk so close to Jesus that we can hear His heartbeat and know what to do in every situation. Alert means, “Awake, give attention to, focus, concentrate.”
When people are being trained to spot counterfeit money, they don’t study the counterfeit. They study the real money so closely that they can catch the slightest error.
Getting to know Jesus intimately is an indispensable weapon in the battles of life. We must be alert to the war manual. I think you probably have one. It’s called The Bible. Someone said, “BIBLE” means “Basic Information Before Leaving Earth.” We must be alert to our Captain’s voice and commands. The Bible, yes, but also what God speaks to us individually in each particular situation. We are in a spiritual war, but we are on the winning team. Greater is Jesus who is in us than the devil who is in the world.