Psalm 108:13 Gain The Victory

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With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. Psalm 108:13 

Throughout history there have been many battles among men. One man is an enemy to another and they are willing to fight each other. The reasons for being enemies are as numerous as the stars in the sky. The most common reason for being enemies is that one wants to have full power and control.

Not everyone is able to get victory over the enemy. With man, alone, there is usually one that wins and one that loses. In order to win, one must have more power, cunning, and favor in the battle. The details are also very numerous as to what will make the winning battle.

David knew how to win the battle against the enemy. He knew that with God he and all Israel would gain the victory.

Every person has an enemy, however, the enemy is not people as the world sees it. The enemy is not nations, governments or groups. These were the types of enemies that David was facing, but that has changed for mankind. The greatest enemy that people have in the world is spiritual forces of evil.

The spiritual forces of sexual immorality, greed, pride, hatred, vengeance, violence, gossip, false gods and many more are the real enemy of every person.

These are enemies that cannot be fought with physical hands and guns. All the

laws in the land will not be able to destroy these spiritual forces. In reality, the more that laws are made against spiritual forces, the stronger they become. People love to do what they are told not to do. This is how the Old Testament law brought about the realization that men needed something more than the law to save them.

The only way to beat a spiritual force is with God’s Spirit.

As you face the spiritual forces of evil in your life, you must allow yourself to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit. Then allow God’s Spirit to give you the ability to trample down the spiritual forces.

With God’s Spirit in you, He will give you the ability to say ‘No’ to temptations presented to you. He will give you wisdom in using His word to defeat the enemy. God can give you the words to speak to crush the arguments of this world.

With God’s Holy Spirit, you will gain the victory over the enemy. You will be able to crush the enemy and all of his strongholds in your life and in the lives of others.

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit; that you will be guided by God’s Spirit; and that God will give you victory over the enemy. 

2 Chronicles 32:7 A Greater Power

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.” 2 Chronicles 32:7

Sennacherib, king of Assyria, laid siege to Jerusalem and was ready to destroy the city. He ridiculed God and made Him the same as other foreign gods. Hezekiah told the people to not be afraid because there was a greater power with them, than with Sennacherib. He put his trust in God and went to Him for help. In the end, God sends an angel, who goes into the Assyrian camp and kills everyone in the army.

The world works in a power that seems very powerful and great. It appears that those in the world can have absolute control. In some countries, the leader runs the country as an absolute dictator with full control. Although America is not run under a dictatorship, there are people in it who run some people as though they have absolute power.

A police officer is just a person just like everyone else. In himself he has no real power or authority. Yet, when he pulls a person over for speeding or arrests someone for a theft, he has a lot of power and authority. That power comes from the city or state government, not from himself. He has been given authority to overcome others as needed.

People in the world try to make Christians feel as though they do not have any real power. Satan tries his best to threaten and intimidate believers into fear.

However, as a believer, you have a power that is greater than any power in this world. When God is on your side and in you, you have a greater power than anything Satan can set against you. God’s Holy Spirit resides in you and is more powerful than anything the world can use against you.

Do not let the threats and cares of this world discourage you or make you afraid. God is with you. He made this world and He is the only one who has absolute control. Trust God today.

I pray today that you will know that God is in control; that you will trust God’s power in your life; that you will not fear the attacks of this world; and that you will seek God for every situation in your life.

2 Kings 4:3 Don’t Stop With Just Enough

Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.” 2 Kings 4:3

A prophet’s widow had come to Elisha because she was about to have her two boys removed from her due to past due debt she owed. Since she was a widow, she did not have the means to support herself to pay the debts. She told Elisha that she only had a little bit of oil left in a small jar, so Elisha told her to go and get as many empty jars as possible.

Once she had received many jars, she had to pour the oil from her small jar into all the other jars. The oil did not run out until all the jars were filled. She was able to sell the oil and pay her debt and live off of what was left.

It is very common for people to pray for various needs that they have. The prayers are usually to for God to fix a situation in their life. Most of those prayers are very specific to the need that is visibly seen at the moment and stops right there. Rarely do the prayers focus on the long-term or the eternal consequences of the situation.

God loves to fix the situations in the lives of His children, but He fixes them with a long-term goal, not just for the moment. When God provided for the widow through Elisha, it was enough for her to survive on after paying the immediate debt. In order for God to do that, however, she had to go out and get as many jars as possible.

In your life, there may be times when you have to go out and get something for God to use in your life. Give it your best effort and get as much as possible. The item that God may have you get is a job, or a new location, or new friends, or a new ministry, but in and through all of these things, you need God’s Holy Spirit for strength and guidance.

It is good to be touched by His Holy Spirit on Sunday in the church service, but that is not enough. Throughout the week you need to be continually filled with His Holy Spirit to overflowing. As the oil kept flowing for the widow as she poured it out, so will God’s Holy Spirit flow in and out of you as you seek Him.

Seek God’s presence in your life throughout your week, each and every day. Grab to the overflowing of His Spirit in your life. Don’t just stop with “just enough” for now.

How much of God are you asking for?

Do want all of God?

Or just a small part of Him?

Don’t ask for “just enough”, get all that you can and see what God can do in and through you today.

I pray today that you will know God in a greater way; that you will seek to have all of God; that God will fill you daily with His Holy Spirit; that you will not settle for a little with God; and that God will use you to do great things in this world to build His kingdom.