Reference: BATTLEFIELD VERSES by John Brunner
PUT ON THE HELMET OF SALVATION WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD
Life is a battlefield, and we can only be sustained by God’s right hand. I’ve learned that it takes courage to get through life’s trials and tragedies. I’ve learned in the crucible of life’s exigencies that there is a direct correlation between faith and courage. As the old hymn says, “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear.” John Brunner
If you are presently serving on the front lines in the military…
If you are a Gold Star mother with a son resting under a granite cross…
If you are a grandmother raising your grandchildren all on your own…
If you are a widower raising your daughters without their mother…
If you are a single mom holding two jobs to keep food on the table hoping to get an extension on the rent…
If you are a police officer who just wants to arrive home alive to see your family at the end of every shift…
If you are a factory-line mechanic who seldom has time at home, working overtime, anytime and every time, for your child’s college education…
If you are a farmer, and your crops have failed again and the foreclosure begins next week…
If your child received a scholarship to college, but was never able to attend, because of a life cut short by cancer…
If you lost your job at the convenience store because some thugs burned down the place…
If it has been ten (10) months since your spouse has been deployed into harm’s way, and the first time you will see him is next week, hard-wired to bedside machines at Walter Reed Military Hospital, or perhaps, Harry S Truman Memorial Hospital….
If you find yourself slugging it out, up against the wall, blinded by tears of sorrow and grief….
Then what pray tell, do you do? To Whom or where can your turn?
If you can feel a pulse, if you are still alive, a member of the still-breathing category of the human race; finding yourself in a foxhole, under attack, you, like me, need some battlefield verses that will give you the courage and strength to fight another day and overcome all that you are up against. In the darkest of nights, God’s encouraging words will be that sustaining guiding star, lighting your path until the darkness sounds retreat on the horizon of a new day.
All Battlefield Verses are inspired by God…so that every soldier of God may be thoroughly equipped for every combat mission. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (modified)
7 “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria, nor because of all the army that is with him; for the One with us is greater than the one with him. 8 With him there is only an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people relied on the words of Hezekiah king of Judah. 2 Chronicles 32:7-8
“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. 2 When you approach the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people, 3 and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel: you are advancing today to battle against your enemies. Do not lack courage. Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble [in terror] before them, 4 for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’ Deuteronomy 20:1-4
6 Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.”
7 Then Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all [the people of] Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you will go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you will give it to them as an inheritance. 8 It is the Lord who goes before you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:6-8
27 Only [be sure to] lead your lives in a manner [that will be] worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I do come and see you or remain absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit [and one purpose], with one mind (soul) striving side by side [as if in combat] for the faith of the gospel. 28 And in no way be alarmed or intimidated [in anything] by your opponents, for such [constancy and fearlessness on your part] is a [clear] sign [a proof and a seal] for them of
destruction, but [a clear sign] for you of deliverance and salvation, and that too, from God. Philippians 1:27-28
‘Do not fear [anything], for
I am with you;
Do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you;
I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’ Isaiah 41:10
Cast your burden on the Lord [release it] and He will sustain and uphold you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail). Psalm 55:22
Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. Philippians 4:11
The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],
I shall not want. Psalm 23:1
In peace [and with a
tranquil heart] I will both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety and confident trust. Psalm 4:8
When I am afraid,
I will put my trust and faith in You. Psalm 56:3
In God have I put my trust and confident reliance; I will not be
What can man do to me? Psalm 56:11
What then shall we say to all these things? If God is for us, who can be [successful] against us? Romans 8:31
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold [our refuge, our high tower]. Psalm 46:7
How blessed and graciously favored is he whose help
is the God of Jacob (Israel),
Whose hope is in the Lord his God. Psalm 146:5
With God we will do
For it is He who will trample down our enemies. Psalm 108:13
For I,’ declares the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire around her [protecting her from enemies], and I will be the glory in her midst.’ Zechariah 2:5
You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that
is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].
so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom and rhetoric of men, but on the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:5
But this I call to mind,
Therefore I have hope.
22 It is because of the Lord’s lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed,
Because His [tender] compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
Great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23
And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. Romans 8:28
I have been young and now I
Yet I have not seen the righteous (those in right standing with God) abandoned
Or his descendants pleading for bread. Psalm 37:25
Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment]. Hebrews 4:16
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.] John 16:33
Though an army encamp
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
Even in this I am confident. Psalm 27:3
Evil will cause the death of
And those who hate the righteous will be held guilty and will be condemned.
for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]. 2 Corinthians 5:7
For everyone born of God is victorious and overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has conquered and overcome the world—our [continuing, persistent] faith
[in Jesus the Son of God]
. 1 John 5:4
7 Be still before the Lord; wait patiently for Him and entrust
yourself to Him;
Do not fret (whine, agonize) because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
8 Cease from anger and abandon wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evil.
9 For those who do evil will be cut off,
But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.
10 For yet a little while and the wicked one will be gone [forever];
Though you look carefully where he used to be, he will not be [found].
11 But the humble will [at last] inherit the land
And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity and peace.
12 The wicked plots against the righteous
And gnashes at him with his teeth.
13 The Lord laughs at him [the wicked one—the one who oppresses the righteous],
For He sees that his day [of defeat] is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn the sword and bent their bow
To cast down the afflicted and the needy,
To slaughter those who are upright in conduct [those with personal integrity and godly character].
15 The sword [of the ungodly] will enter their own heart,
And their bow will be broken.
Listen carefully: I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; so be wise as serpents, and innocent as doves [have no self-serving agenda]. Matthew 10:16
You need not fight in this battle; take your positions, stand and witness the salvation of the Lord who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you. 2 Chronicles 20:17
and that this entire assembly may know that the Lord does not save with the sword or with the spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will hand you over to us.
1 Samuel 17:47
No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word—He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy]. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in. Galatians 6:9
No man will [be able to] stand before you [to oppose you] as long as you live. Just as I was [present] with Moses, so will I be with you; I will not fail you or abandon you. Joshua 1:5
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]
Will gain new strength and renew their power;
They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles
[rising toward the sun]
; They will run and not become weary,
They will walk and not grow tired. Isaiah 40:31
For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
51 Listen very carefully, I tell you a mystery [a secret truth decreed by God and previously hidden, but now revealed]; we will not all sleep [in death], but we will all be
changed [wondrously transformed], 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at [the sound of] the last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [who believed in Christ] will be raised imperishable, and we will be [completely] changed
. Corinthians 5:51-52
O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin [by which it brings death] is the law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory [as conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us]. 38 For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39
10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. 11 Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to
stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places. 13 Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. 14 So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart), 15 and having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news]. 16 Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Ephesians 6:10-17