1 Samuel 8:19-20 NKJV

Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No, but we will have a king over us,  that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”

Exodus 15:3-4 NKJV

The Lord is a man of war. The Lord is His name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea. His chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea.

As the Israelites discussed their wish for a king with Samuel, they said they wanted a king to judge them and go out before them to fight their battles. In Exodus 15, we see the song Moses and the Israelites sang after Pharaoh’s army was defeated. They referred to the Lord as a “man of war.” As you read the Bible and history, kings were known as warriors. Ancient kings did not just send men out to fight. Kings led their armies into battle. Sometimes they went to war to defend their kingdoms. Other times they started wars to gain more territory. As kings under the king of kings we must not be afraid to fight spiritual battles, nor become annoyed when a fight comes our way. Instead we should be starting fights when we see the need. Our commander in chief, the King of kings has guaranteed us victory so we have no reason to hesitate. Jesus said the gates of Hades would not prevail against His Church. He has given us His armor (Ephesians 6:13-18) so we must resist any temptation to fear and fight like a king. Fight with confidence and expect victory.  

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