October 25

Today's Bible Reading
          II Kings 6
          I Timothy 3
          Daniel 10
          Psalm 119:1-24
''So he answered, Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." (II Kings 6:16)
            The occasion was a time when the Syrian army had surrounded the camp of Israel. When Elisha's servant looked out and saw the surrounding Syrian army, fear struck his heart, and he cried out, “Master, what shall we do?” It was then that Elisha the prophet, in order to teach his servant, said, “Donotfear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” How could he make such a statement when it was not apparently true? It was because he saw things with his eyes of faith that his servant could not see. He saw the hosts of God, camped round about, to take care of them.
            Elisha was a prophet with great faith. By that faith, he knew that the Lord's army was encamped around Dothan, not to save the city, but to deliver Elisha from the hands of Ben-Hadad, the King of Syria. The King had sent his army to capture Elisha because the Lord had revealed to the prophet all of Ben-Hadad's military plans.
            Elisha, in tum, revealed those plans to Ben-Hadad's enemy, Jehoran, King of Israel, thus guaranteeing Ben-Hadad's defeat.            So Ben-Hadad sent spies to locate Elisha.
            When Elisha was found, the King sent horses, chariots, and a great army just to capture one unarmed prophet, but they were not enough. They reached Dothan in darkness, and surrounded the city. As Elisha's servant went around his morning duties, he saw the Syrian army, and rushed in to Elisha, overcome by fear and crying, “What shall we do?” Elisha taught the young man faith in the fear of the Lord. He prayed the Lord would open the young man's eyes so he might see the unseen.
           Every servant of God has the edge over the enemies of righteousness.  The Psalmist said, “The Lord is on my side. I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Psalms 118:6) Every believer has certain armaments available to him in his fight against fear.  He has God’s Word, God's power, God's HolySpirit, and God's protection.
            Isaiah 35 is a promiseand a prophecy. Isaiah the prophet says, “Be strong, do not fear; behold, your God will come with vengeance” (Isaiah 35:4).  The promise is that the Messiah will come to establish God's Kingdom on earth.
            While we await the Second Coming of our Lord, we are to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.  We are to put on “the whole armor of God.” (Ephesians 6:10) Without God’s army, we fight a losing battle.
            So, with the King of Kings leading the way, knowing that the battle is not ours, but His, yet clothed in the full armor of God, we move forward on our knees, and know that God has promised the victory. Whatever you are facing today, remember, “We are morethanconquerorsthrough Him who loved us.”
            Perhaps one of the most strategic mission fields throughout the world is the gigantic numbers of students who need Christ and have an entire lifetime to shape the future of their nation. Worldwide, there are over 150 million students in 146,000 universities and colleges. Many will be in leadership roles in 20 years’ time or less. The percentage of evangelical students in several countries is generally lower than in the general population. This is true in Latin America, China, and many European countries. Most students’ cultures remain scarcely influenced by Biblical Christianity.