Deuteronomy 20:1-4 NKJV “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 is with you, who brought you up from the land of Egypt. (2) So it shall be, when you are on the verge of battle, that the priest shall approach and speak to the people. (3) And he shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; (4) for the LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’
Deuteronomy 20:3-4 MSG … “Attention, Israel. In a few minutes you’re going to do battle with your enemies. Don’t waver in resolve. Don’t fear. Don’t hesitate. Don’t panic. (4) GOD, your God, is right there with you, fighting with you against your enemies, fighting to win.”
Here in Deuteronomy, Moses was writing a number of different commands to the Children of Israel and all future leaders of Israel, which the Lord God had given him. He instructs future leaders and the Israelites not to give in to fear when they see numerous and powerful enemies coming their way, but to instead have the priests address the people and remind them that God is with them, He is on their team fighting for them, that He is indeed God, and there is nothing therefore to fear.
1Peter 2:9 NKJV But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
Peter called all New Testament Believers priests. That means we have been commissioned to stand up before others when we see fear inducing circumstances closing in on them and tell them to Fear Not. We are called to remind one another that God, the Lord God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth is with us and He is on our team. In the midst of the situation, people’s eyes can drift from the reality of the Victory that they posses in
Christ Jesus. It only takes a moment for fear to begin to set in and weaken ones resolve, paralyze them from moving in faith, and insight panic which will lead to them being steamrolled by the enemy.
Nearly every day we have opportunities to speak the priestly proclamation in Deuteronomy 20:3-4 to others. When people talk about upcoming surgeries for themselves or loved ones, your friend shares with you about being laid off, or neighbors tell you about bills or their concern for their children, these are all opportunities to say, “Looks like you’re headed for a battle, my friend. I want you to know that God the Father, the Lord Jesus, the Holy Ghost, and I are all on your team. God sent Jesus to die for you and me so we could walk in His victory and there is nothing to fear. Jesus won the battle (Colossians 2:15) and by faith in Him and His Word we win. So take heart, grab a hold of His promises for your situation, go forward in triumph, and DO NOT FEAR.”