The Battle-Winning Strategy and Helper

Do you want to know how to win battles? Take a clue from some of the Israelites. First Chronicles chapter five gives us a glimpse of some battle-winning strategy.

  • The sons of Reuben, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh had forty-four thousand seven hundred and sixty valiant men, men able to bear shield and sword, to shoot with the bow, and skillful in war, who went to war. They made war with the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab. (First Chronicles 5:18-19, NKJ)

The sons of Reuben, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh went into the battle prepared.

  • They had 44,760 valiant, skilled soldiers
  • They were strong enough to carry all their armor and swords
  • They were expert marksmen
  • They were capable, competent, and proficient in the ways of war
  • They were engaged in the battle—no one was slothful or holding back

These guys were the Green Beret of their day, the SWAT officers, the special unit. Yet there was one more piece to their victory strategy. Even though they used every ounce of training and their own ability, they did not forget to carry with them their biggest gun of all—reliance upon God. “And they were helped against [their enemies], and the Hagrites were delivered into their hand, and all who were with them, for they cried out to God in the battle. He heeded their prayer, because they put their trust in Him” First Chronicles 5:20, NKJ (emphasis added).

When we face our enemies—especially the hellish horde, our spiritual foes—it’s a good battle plan to start by rallying the troops. Pull together those stalwart saints who we know will engage in the battle on their knees with us. Then wear and carry the armor; don’t get caught without the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the good news shoes, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Keep practiced up in proper sword use by “rightly dividing the Word” (see Second Timothy 2:15), and be strong and courageous, standing firm against all the methodology of the adversary.

Then, let’s not forget to pull God into the mix. It is His power that will ultimately help us to win. Notice that the Israelites cried out to God “in the battle.” As they fought, God “helped them against…all who were with [the enemy].” My mom used to say, “Work like everything depends on you; pray like everything depends on God.” The winning strategy is to fight and pray. It works every time.


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on November 25, 2011.

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