Psalm 60:12 Only With God

Tournament victory

With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. Psalm 60:12 

All around the world there are physical battles occurring. People are fighting other people. There are enemies that are out to destroy and conquer other people or groups.

Each one has their own purpose for going into battle. Some are small individuals, completely on their own, while other battles are grand scale, whole nations or larger.

Those who are being attacked will often rise up to fight. They will seek help from others to raise enough power to stop the enemy.

However, there are also many who will just cower and not seek victory against the enemy. They have no one to help them and the enemy is too powerful or big. They just cower in fear.

David had been battling against the nation of Aram. This nation was a very powerful nation and made it difficult to win the battle. David looks to God for strength. He knew that just human power was not enough. With God, he knew that they would gain victory.

Believers no longer have to physically fight an enemy, as David did, but they do have enemies that they must battle on a daily basis. There is the enemy of temptation. This enemy takes on many different forms–lying, cheating, stealing, cursing, being drunk, hatred, violence and more.

These are just the inside battles. Then there are physical battles of sickness, poverty, food, and more in provision, or others physically battling.

In himself, the believer does not have the strength to win the battle. The enemy is too large, too smart, too powerful to win. But with God he can gain the victory. Jesus overcame the greatest power on this earth–death. If He can beat death, then nothing is impossible.

Just like David, you will have battles with the enemy on a regular basis. Some of these enemies will be small and easy to overcome. However, many will be large, formidable enemies with a lot of power.

You do not have to cower in fear, but can seek God for His strength and help. Do not look to man, but to God for your help. He will be there each and every time. He will provide a way out to defeat the enemy.

If you want victory, know that God is right there ready to provide it. You just have to accept His ways of gaining that victory over the enemy.

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will seek God’s help first; that you will rely upon God’s power; and that you will see the victory God can give you. 

Psalm 59:17 What To Rely Upon

Alnwick castle

You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely. Psalm 59:17 

Relying on someone or something is something that every person does all the time. People rely upon their boss to give them their paycheck in a timely matter; they rely on others to stay on their own side of the road when driving; they rely on their vehicle to work; they rely upon the electricity company to provide the needed electricity; and the list goes on forever. Many will also rely only upon their selves.

With all of these things or people that people rely on there is one problem, they can let a person down. Equipment fails, people do not always do what they are supposed to do, or greater problems occur, preventing something from happening.

David had quickly learned that some of those people, whom he should have been able to rely upon had turned their backs on him and sought to kill him. However, he knew he could rely upon God. God would be his fortress and strength.

God is always there for every believer. He is a fortress that has walls thick enough and high enough that no enemy can break through. The only things that God allows through the walls of that fortress is what is best for the believer. Everything else is blocked.

This can give amazing strength to the believer. He now has the ability to overcome every attack of the enemy, when God is His fortress. Standing behind the walls of God’s fortress provides a protection that no one or any thing on this earth can provide.

God is faithful and will not fail in His protecting you. His fortress will stand the tests of time and the attacks of the enemy.

As a believer step into God’s fortress. Be filled with His Holy Spirit and know that you have His protection upon you at all times, in every situation. There is no enemy strong enough to get to you without God’s permission.

Do not turn to things and people of this world, because they can and will fail when needed. God will never fail you. You can rely upon Him to do what He said He would do each and every time.

As you see His strength and power in your life, sing praises to Him. Give Him praise for protecting you and being your strong tower of protection.

I pray today that you will know the power of God; that you will know the protection God has for you; that you will know you can rely upon God; that you will know God’s faithfulness; and that you will sing praises to God each day. 

Psalm 18:29 Overcoming A Wall

Great Wall Of China

With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. Psalm 18:29 

Going through life, everyone faces some walls in their lives. Some of these walls are self built, while others are built by other people or situations.

These walls can be relational, physical, emotional or some other wall. Walls that are emotional are very common. People are angry with someone or has someone angry at them and it breaks the relationship.

Inventors and dreamers run into walls all the time. They want to accomplish  something, but hit a wall preventing them or slowing them down.

When a person hits a wall there is three things that he can do. Stop and change directions. God around the wall. Or scale and go over the wall. Most people stop and change directions, giving up what they wanted to do.

David knew that with God’s help, there was nothing he could not do. He could go against a whole troop of enemy or he could scale a wall that was in front of him.

Even in the life of a believer, one will come across walls in his life. Going up against a wall is a common thing. It is not a one time event, but occurs on a regular basis. Some walls are small, while others are massive great walls, like the Great Wall Of China. These walls become a problem for the person to overcome.

However, unlike the world, the believer has God to give him assistance. God is there to help him get over the wall and keep moving forward in His plan.

God has strength and abilities that go beyond anything any person could ever have or even dream about. Sometimes God will move the wall, as He did with Joshua, but often He will help the person scale it and get over the top.

You may have some walls in your life that are trying to slow you down or stop you. You have a choice as to what you will do, give up or keep moving forward. In yourself, you may not be able to ever climb that wall and get to the other side, but with God it is possible.

God can guide your steps to get over that wall. He can give you strength to be able to pull yourself up as you climb that wall.

Trust in God for your strength and guidance. You can get over that wall in front of you, not by yourself, but with His help.

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will rely upon God’s strength; that God will guide you over a wall in your life; and that God will guide you on your journey through this life. 

Psalm 3:3 God Is A Shield

Sword and shield

But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. Psalm 3:3 

No matter where a person goes there can be some enemies. With all of the various mass shootings lately, there are many people going around in extreme fear, not knowing if they will be the next to be killed. Students are afraid to go to school, because some other student may choose to do some killing that day.

Then there are also the enemies who don’t necessarily do physical harm, those who do verbal damage. The majority of danger people face is with words that are lies or hurtful.

The world is trying to figure out what is wrong and how to fix the situation. People are always walking around in fear of the unknown enemy.

David was running in fear, when his son Absalom was trying to physically kill him and take the throne as king of Israel. David felt as if everyone was against him and there were enemies everywhere. Suddenly David realized, however, that God was his shield and who lifted him up. It was God who made him king, so it would be God who could protect him.

Every believer has enemies, just as David did. Some will physically be trying to attack and kill, while the majority will just verbally attack the person. The effect is the same.

Looking around it appears as if the enemy, the world, is winning the battle. They appear to be the stronger enemy. Yet, God is still in control.

God is the shield for every believer. No one can do anything without His permission. Remember with Job, Satan had to get permission to attack him. God shielded Job and will shield the believer today.

This does not mean that attacks and injuries will not happen, but it does mean that the believer will not be destroyed.

You may be going through some attacks right now, physically or verbally. Look to God for your strength and protection. He is your shield, just as He was with David.

God will lift you up and make you shine in this dark world. Do not let the enemies attacks cause you to fear, because God will lift up your head and allow you to walk as His child, an heir to the kingdom of heaven. God will deliver you from the enemy–Satan–in the end.

Trust God to be your shield today.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God’s protection; that God will remove fear of the enemy in your heart and mind; and that God will lift your head in the sight of your enemies. 

2 Chronicles 20:17 Not Your Battle To Fight

Standing still

You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you. 2 Chronicles 20:17 

Everyday people face difficult situations. Situations where there is a battle being drawn up to fight. The enemy is coming against a person in some form. Sometimes it is physically, many times it is in other ways outside of being physical attacks. These attacks can be mentally or socially damaging attacks.

Most people will want to rise up and fight against the attack or they will flee quickly from the attack. Very few people like to stand still when an attack is immanent.

Several armies had banded together against Judah to wage war against them. The number of soldiers was so great, that King Jehoshaphat immediately went to God about it. God told him that the battle was not his and that he was just to stand still and watch what would happen. God would win the battle without the help of King Jehoshaphat and his army.

Very few people like to stand still when there is an enemy coming against them. Most will rise up to fight, but sometimes the best thing to do is stand still and let God fight the battle.

There are many battles that people cannot win on their own. Fighting back will result in more injury on both sides with a loss of the battle by the believer. There are times when it is God’s battle to win. The believer must just stand still, trusting God and watching what He does.

God is the ultimate warrior. He cannot lose any battle. When God wins a battle like this, it is to His glory and honor. There is no doubt that God did the work.

You may have enemies coming against you in your life. These enemies could be actual people or they could be non-physical enemies, such as sickness, pain, injury, mistreatment or more.

As a human, you are limited in what you can do. Seek God and find out what He wants you to do. Sometimes He may give you the strength and direction to fight the battle. Other times He may have you sit still and watch Him fight the battle for you. Let God guide the battles and win the battles in your life.

I pray today that you will know God’s power; that you will trust God’s strategies; that you will see God winning the battles; and that you will be a testimony of God’s work to this world.

2 Samuel 18:33 Weeping For The Enemy

Bridge in a park

The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: “O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you–O Absalom, my son, my son!” 2 Samuel 18:33 

When an enemy dies, most people will rejoice. They want to see the enemy defeated and pay for what he has done wrong.

Very few people like their enemies and even fewer love their enemies. When the enemy has a major set-back in life or is destroyed, the majority of people are happy about it. The more damage that the enemy had done, the greater the people want the person to pay for it in death or pain and suffering.

David’s son, Absalom, had chosen to fight against David to gain the throne as king of Israel. David and his men had to flee, because Absalom had grown so powerful against David. Despite the problems Absalom had been giving David, he did not want any harm to come to him.

In the process of the battle, Absalom gets killed. When David hears about this, he weeps out loud. He even states that he wishes he would have died instead. David was showing great love for his enemy.

Both those in the world and those in the church will often rejoice at the death of an enemy. They have very little compassion for the enemy. The greater the crimes, the less the compassion.

Jesus was not like that. He wept over the loss of anyone, even the enemy. His love over came the anger against the enemy.

Believers should be just like David and Jesus in showing compassion even for the enemy. At a minimum, it could be seen that a dead enemy, is a person who is lost for eternity from God. They no longer have a chance to serve God and live for eternity.

Allow yourself to be filled with God’s great love, to the point that when an enemy dies or is destroyed, your heart breaks out of love and compassion for the person. You can rejoice at the destruction of spiritual forces, but people are not spiritual forces. People are lost children of God whom God loves and Jesus died on the cross for.

As a believer you are not to be against a person, but against the spirit behind the person. Show your love and compassion to everyone, including your enemies.

I pray today that you will know God’s love and compassion; that you will show God’s love and compassion to others; that you will pray to God for those who are your enemies; and that the world will see God’s love and compassion through you.

2 Samuel 16:10 Don’t Take Offense

Forest path

But the king said, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the LORD said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this?’ ” 2 Samuel 16:10 

Taking offense at what someone says is a very common reaction among many people. People do not like when someone else says something negative to them or about them.

In the process of taking offense, it is common to say or do something back to the person. When a person curses or bad-mouths another person, the common reaction is to curse or bad-mouth him right back. Some will resort to physical fighting or injury. Those with money, will take the person to court suing him for defamation of name or character.

While many think that this is just common among children, it is also very common among adults.

As David was traveling along, a man, from Saul’s family line, came out and started throwing rocks towards David and cursing him. Some of David’s men wanted to kill the man for his disrespect towards David. Yet, David turned away from the man and said leave him alone. He said that the man may have been speaking upon the command of God. He would not take offense against the man for his actions or words.

The action that David said, was what Jesus had said years later, to love one’s enemy and not curse them and to turn the cheek when struck.

Some believers are very quick, as the world is, to take offense and strike back when cursed. They want to sue the enemy or fellow believer who did them wrong. This is not showing the love of God to their enemies, but the hateful heart of this world.

If someone is cursing you, God could be using that person to build some character in your life. Teaching you to turn the other cheek or to love the enemy.

How you react will show what type of person you are. You can stoop down to the world’s ways and take offense, striking back, or you can be the bigger person, like Jesus, and love the person, ignoring the remarks or actions.

Taking the time to take offense does not help anyone. It is only wasting time on some small event, that will quickly pass.

Take time today to show love and not take offense at someone’s words or actions towards you.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you and your enemies; that God will strengthen you to turn the other cheek; that God will strengthen you to make the right choice in dealing with the enemy; and that the world will see God’s love in you.