The Battle belongs to The Lord (2Chr 25:8)
The world is Mine, and the fulness thereof (Ps 49:12)
Considering how few believe in Jesus Eucharist, and considering further the challenge put before us to return the world and all therein to The Lord, I sought for comfort and confirmation of our task in His Word. Here are some thoughts to help us on our journey!
a) He teaches His faithful how to war:
“For who is God but the Lord? or who is God but our God? God, Who has girt me with strength; and made my way blameless. Who has made my feet like the feet of harts: and Who sets me upon high places. Who teaches my hands to war: and Thou have made my arms like a brazen bow. And Thou hast given me the protection of Thy salvation: and Thy right hand has held me up: And Thy discipline has corrected me unto the end: and Thy discipline, the same shall teach me. Thou have enlarged my steps under me; and my feet are not weakened. I will pursue after my enemies, and overtake them: and I will not turn again till they are consumed. I will break them, and they shall not be able to stand: they shall fall under my feet. And Thou hast girded me with strength unto battle; and hast subdued under me them that rose up against me. And Thou have made my enemies furn their back upon me, and have destroyed them that hated me. They cried, but there was none to save them, to the Lord: but He heard them not. And I shall beat them as small as the dust before the wind; I shall bring them to nought, like the dirt in the streets” (Ps 17:32-43).
b) The battle belongs to The Lord:
“All this assembly shall know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear, for it is His battle, and He will deliver you into our hands” (1K 17:47) (1K is also 1Sam in Hebrew numbering).
“Fear ye not, and be not dismayed at this multitude: for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (2 Chr 20:15).
“If you think that battles consist in the strength of the army, God will make you to be overcome by the enemies: for it belongs to God both to help, and to put to flight” (2Chr 25:8).
“Machabeus…stretching out his hands to Heaven, called upon the Lord, that works wonders, Who gives victory to them that are worthy…Send now also, O Lord of Heaven, Thy good angel before us, for the fear and dread of the greatness of Thy arm…So fighting with their hands, but praying to the Lord with their hearts, they slew no less than five and thirty thousand, being greatly cheered with the presence of God” (2M 15:21,23,27).
c) He may do it with a large or small number:
“Jonathan said to the young man that bore his armour: Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised, it may be the Lord will do for us, because it is easy for the Lord to save either by many, or by few” (1K 14:6) aka 1Sam.
“He called upon the Lord God, and said: Lord, there is no difference with Thee, whether thou help with few, or with many: help us, O Lord our God: for with confidence in Thee, and in Thy Name we are come against this multitude. O Lord Thou art our God, let not man prevail against Thee” (2 Chr 14:11).
“It is an easy matter for many to be shut up in the hands of a few: and there is no difference in the sight of the God of Heaven to deliver with a great multitude, or with a small company, for the success of war is not in the multitude of the army, but strength comets from Heaven” (1M 3:18,19).
d) He teaches us to war a good warfare:
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty to God, unto the pulling down of fortifications, destroying counsels” (2Co 10:4).
e) We must be pure:
“Forgive the iniquity of thy handmaid: for the Lord will surely make for my lord a faithful house, because thou, my lord, fight the battles of the Lord: let not evil therefore be found in thee all the days of thy life” (1K 25:28).
f) We must never loose hope nor faith:
“God gave them help. And the Agarites were delivered into their hands, and all that were with them, because they called upon God in the battle: and He heard them, because they had put their faith in Him” (1Par (1Chr) 5:20).
“Thus consider through all generations that none that trust in Him, fail in strength” (1M 2:61).
“For, said he, they trust in their weapons, and in their boldness: but we trust in the Almighty Lord, Who at a beck can utterly destroy both them that come against us, and the whole world” (2M 8:18).
“My wrath is kindled against the shepherds, and I will visit upon the buck goats: for the Lord of hosts has visited His flock, the house of Juda, and has made them as the horse of His glory in the battle…Out of him shall come forth the corner, out of him the pin, out of him the bow of battle, out of him ever exacter together…And they shall be as mighty men, treading under foot the mire of the ways in battle: and they shall fight, because the Lord is with them, and the riders of horses shall be confounded” (Zc 10:3-5).
A last warning and alert:
Anyone who denies Jesus Eucharist is not a Christian! Only those who believe in Transubstantiation and receive Jesus worthily in Holy Communion (1) can enter at the narrow gate (2).
(Note 1) “Therefore, whosoever shall eat this Bread, or drink the Chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the Body and of the Blood of the Lord” (1Co 11:27).
(Note 2) “Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leads to life: and few there are that find it! (Mt 7:13,14).
“Not every one that saith to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven: but he that doth the will of My Father Who is in Heaven, he shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day: Lord, Lord, have not we prophesied in Thy Name, and cast out devils in Thy Name, and done many miracles in Thy Name? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, you that work iniquity” (Mt 7:21-23).
God bless you all who believe.