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Victory as an act of God (2)

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God is the source of all victory, which he grants to those who obey his commands and put their confidence in him. This principle holds true in all believers’ conflicts, whether physical or spiritual.

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God is the source of all victory

Deuteronomy 20:1–4 NASB95
“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, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you. “When you are approaching the battle, the priest shall come near and speak to the people. “He shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, you are approaching the battle against your enemies today. Do not be fainthearted. Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’
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Victory is achieved by God, not people

Psalm 20:7–8 NASB95
Some boast in chariots and some in horses, But we will boast in the name of the Lord, our God. They have bowed down and fallen, But we have risen and stood upright.
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Victory should be ascribed to God

Psalm 118:15 NASB95
The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
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Victory depends on faithfulness

God grants victory to those who are faithful to him

1 Chronicles 22:13 NASB95
“Then you will prosper, if you are careful to observe the statutes and the ordinances which the Lord commanded Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and courageous, do not fear nor be dismayed.
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Unfaithfulness to God brings defeat

Numbers 14:41–43 NASB95
But Moses said, “Why then are you transgressing the commandment of the Lord, when it will not succeed? “Do not go up, or you will be struck down before your enemies, for the Lord is not among you. “For the Amalekites and the Canaanites will be there in front of you, and you will fall by the sword, inasmuch as you have turned back from following the Lord. And the Lord will not be with you.”
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Examples of God giving victory

to Israel over the Amalekites

To Joshua at Jericho:

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to Gideon over the Midianites; to Samson over 1,000 Philistines; to the Israelites at Mizpah; to David over Goliath; to Elijah at Mount Carmel; when David conquered Jerusalem

God is able to work through defeat

Genesis 50:20 NASB95
“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.
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God is able to fulfil his purposes through the victory of unbelievers

Isaiah 44:28–45:4 NASB95
It is I who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd! And he will perform all My desire.’ And he declares of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built,’ And of the temple, ‘Your foundation will be laid.’ ” Thus says the Lord to Cyrus His anointed, Whom I have taken by the right hand, To subdue nations before him And to loose the loins of kings; To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: “I will go before you and make the rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars. “I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden wealth of secret places, So that you may know that it is I, The Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name. “For the sake of Jacob My servant, And Israel My chosen one, I have also called you by your name; I have given you a title of honor Though you have not known Me.
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