Deuteronomy 20:1-4 “When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them:  for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.  And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people, And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies:  let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.”

At the end of August 1776, the Continental Army faced their first major battle after the Declaration of Independence.  In what is known at the Battle of Long Island, the Battle of Brooklyn, or the Battle of Brooklyn Heights the Americans found themselves surrounded with their backs to the East River.  Hour-by-hour, British trenches crept closer to the Continental front lines.  The only way to preserve the hope for independence was to preserve the Continental Army and escape by boat.

General Washington arranged a brilliant retreat plan during the night of August 29th and 30th.  It required silence, coordination, and deception.  It also required heavenly intervention.  Specifically, at daybreak on August 30th, the retreat was incomplete.  As the sun arose, a thick and unexpected fog sprung up and concealed the remaining maneuver, providing the few necessary hours to allow all men and supplies to be out of British range before clearing.  During that night, 9,000 men escaped — the LORD our God had saved them.

Our enemies are surrounding us.  Hour-by-hour, they are creeping closer to our front lines.  Fear not!  The LORD our God goes with us, to fight for us against our enemies to save us.

PLEASE PRAY FOR GOD’S POWER IN OUR CURRENT BATTLES.  They require heavenly intervention – His specialty.

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