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. 

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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.

2 Samuel 9:1 Show Kindness To The Enemy

Little girl and a dog

David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 Samuel 9:1 

Showing kindness is something that people will do to those who show kindness back. When a person is around someone who is not normally kind, he usually will not show any kindness. The harsher the person, the less likely one will show kindness to him.

The world looks at someone who is an enemy or not kind as not being worthy of kindness. That person will only be treated as an enemy and just as harsh as he is treating others. Not only will that person be treated harshly, but also his entire family will be despised and treated badly.

Saul was an enemy to David. He had set out to kill David for no real reason, other than jealousy. He treated David badly for many years. Yet, after his death, David was still willing to show kindness to Saul’s son Jonathan.

David was still willing to show God’s love and mercy to those who were his enemies. He did this out of love for others. David had cared for Saul and his son, Jonathan with a pure heart. That care was still there, despite the wrongs suffered.

One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is kindness. Every believer should have kindness in their heart and actions towards others.

There are many believers, who have not learned how to be kind to others. They are kind to those who are kind to them, but are rude and vengeful to those who are the enemy. They treat others as they are treated, rather than how God treats people.

It is the kindness of God that brings a person to repentance. It can be the kindness of a person that can draw others to God and to the person. It can break down walls of hostility and hatred.

As a believer, allow yourself to be filled with the kindness of God to everyone, including your enemies. Seek how you can show kindness in more than just words.

In this way you are demonstrating God’s love and kindness to people who do not know God.

Do not allow bitterness or anger build up in you from an enemy who has treated you wrong. Allow the love of God to overcome the enemy in your life.

Who should you begin to show kindness to today?

Today I pray that you will know God’s kindness to you; that you will know God’s love for you and all other people; that God will strengthen you to show His kindness to others; and that God will use you to reach others for Jesus.

2 Samuel 1:12 Weeping Over Fallen Enemy

Man crying

They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. 2 Samuel 1:12 

When an enemy falls, many people rejoice. They are glad to see that the enemy has fallen or been destroyed. Throughout history it is a common sight to see people rejoicing when a known enemy is killed or dies. They rejoice because now that person can no longer be a threat to them.

David’s greatest enemy was Saul, who was the king of Israel. Saul was set out to kill David at any cost. No matter where David would go, Saul tried to follow him with an army and destroy him. Later, when Saul was killed in a battle, David and his men wept and fasted in mourning for his death. David did not want to see King Saul killed. In fact, he killed the man who had chosen to kill King Saul.

While the world often rejoices at the death of an enemy, there have been many believers who have also rejoiced with them. They see the death as something very good.

Although the death of the enemy may mean the end of some suffering, it is also death of a person, a person who is lost for eternity. When a person dies without Christ, he is lost in his sins forever. There is no return. There are no more chances to become a believer.

Rejoicing over that death does not show God’s love or compassion at all. It shows the heart of the world, rejoicing over evil and being lost.

Every believer needs to have the heart of Jesus, who would weep over those who would do wrong to Him. God never rejoices over the destruction of an enemy. He sees each one as a lost child that can never return home.

Knowing and understanding the heart of God will strengthen you to show love to your enemies. Jesus said to love everyone, including the enemy. Rejoicing over their destruction or death is not showing His love, but the world’s hatred.

Allow God’s love for you and all people fill you up so that you may love everyone the same. When you see the destruction of an enemy, you will not rejoice, but weep, knowing how lost they are for all eternity.

Weep, don’t rejoice, over those who can never accept Jesus anymore.

I pray today that you will know God’s great love; that you will be filled with God’s love for all people; that your heart will break at the destruction of any person; and that your love will be a sign of God’s love to this world. 

Joshua 17:17-18 You Can Drive Them Out

Drive out the enemy

But Joshua said to the tribes of Joseph–to Ephraim and Manasseh–“You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment but the forested hill country as well. Clear it, and its furthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron and though they are strong, you can drive them out. Joshua 17:17-18 

The tribes of Joseph had wanted more land than what they had been given because of their number of people. Joshua stated that they can get some more land from the Canaanites. He did not deny that the Canaanites were very large and powerful, but told the tribes they could still drive them out.

As with the Israelites taking over the land of Canaan, believers today still have many enemies and have to take over land. It is rarely a physical land, but a spiritual one that believers must take over. This spiritual land is in their own hearts and lives and in the lives of others around them.

God does not have believers going around now to physically kill the enemy, but there is a spiritual enemy that needs to be defeated. The number of the enemy is extremely high in number, in fact there are more of the enemy on this earth with Satan, than with God. Yet, God has more strength and ability than the enemy ever had or will have.

When Jesus died and rose again from the dead, He defeated the greatest enemy of God–death and sin. All this power He has given to every believer to overcome this world.

Every believer needs to take a stand to drive out the spiritual enemies in their lives. Some of those enemies are: jealousy, anger, immoral thoughts, greed, pride, fear, lying, cheating, and many more. These are all areas of the heart–the land–that need to be taken for God.

God can show you areas of your heart that have allowed the enemy in to take control. He can also give you the strength to push the enemy out and give God the land that is His. God can also help you drive out the spiritual enemies in your city, workplace or wherever you set your feet.

Do not be afraid of how strong the enemy is. God is stronger. In the end you will win the battle with God on your side. God never loses.

Go and drive out the enemy today.

I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will not fear the strength and number of the enemy; that God will help you drive out the enemies in your life and the lives of others; and that you will see victory in Jesus.