1 Samuel 17:10-11 Intimidated By The Enemy

Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified. 1 Samuel 17:10-11

Enemies can be found nearly every place that a person goes. Very often there is an enemy that is a bully and does his best to intimidate others in any way that he can. Sometimes this is just someone abusing their authority, while other times it is just being abusive in any way possible. Facing someone like this will often cause a lot of fear for most people.

Goliath openly stated that he defied the armies of Israel and challenged them to a fight. King Saul and all the Israelites were terrified of him.

Seeing or hearing someone who is being a bully can be intimidating for most people. Very few people have the nerve or braveness to stand up against an enemy that appears to be larger and stronger.

The enemy is not always larger and stronger in the physical sense, but can appear to be stronger in knowledge or communication or some other area in life.

Many believers will often be like Saul and the Israelites and back down and cower in fear, being intimidated by the enemy. The world will act like a bully and try to intimidate believers and cause them to fear. Often this is done with words, but at times physically.

No believer is to be afraid since they have God in their lives. God is perfect love and perfect love casts out all fear. He is also greater than anything the world can throw at the believer.

Every believer is to take a stand on God’s word against the enemy. God will give victory as He did with David against Goliath.

There may be some people in your life that strive to intimidate you and get you to doubt God’s word for you. Do not allow their size, position, knowledge, power or anything else to intimidate you.

Know that God is greater than any other person or thing on this earth. Allow God’s perfect love to cast out all the fear of the enemy. Allow the Holy Spirit to give you the boldness and strength to confront and defeat the enemy of your soul.

In the end you will receive eternal life, if you do not back down from the enemy.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the strength and power God has for you; that God will give you boldness to stand up against the enemy; and that you will see God defeat your enemies in His way and time.

Deuteronomy 31:8 No Fear, No Discouragement

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8

Doing something that is different and very dangerous can be very scary for someone to attempt. While doing a difficult and dangerous thing one can also get discouraged if it does not move along fast enough.

Fear and discouragement hold many people back from trying to do something new. Often this is because they are alone and do not want to be harmed or to fail. There is no one to strengthen or encourage them.

Moses told Joshua that God would go before him and be with him; that God would never leave him, so he should not be afraid or discouraged.

The Israelites were getting ready to go into a new land and physically fight against the enemies to destroy them and take over the land. Very few people today will ever have to go into a land to destroy the enemy. Only the few in the military will have that experience.

However, every person, who is a believer, will have to go in and take some spiritual land. This may be land in one’s own life, or land in the lives of other people.

The world, under the influence of Satan, is out to steal, kill and destroy all mankind. Greed and pride are used to lure people into sin and death and away from God. They will fight against believers with whatever it takes.

Many believers back down from the fight out of fear. Others will start the fight, then quit out of discouragement.

Although the battle is fierce and dangerous, the believer must know that God is with him and goes before him to be a witness and draw people from the snares of death. He does not have to fear. He should be encouraged that God is with Him all the way.

In your life you will have many battles that need to be fought. Some will be against sin and temptation in your life. Other battles will be for the souls of other people around you.

The world will do what it can to stop you and discourage you in the battle. Being wounded will occur and the enemy will appear large and undefeatable, but God is with you.

Do not give in to fear or discouragement, but trust God as you fight this war.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s presence in your life; that God will strengthen you to remove all fear; that you will be encouraged with God’s presence; and that you will be His witness in this world.

Nehemiah 6:13 Intimidation

He had been hired to intimidate me so that I would commit a sin by doing this, and then they would give me a bad name to discredit me. Nehemiah 6:13

Several people were upset that the Israelites were building a wall around the city. They tried to get Nehemiah to move away from the wall in order to stop it from being built. One of the ways they tried this was to spread false words that they were about to be attacked and that there were people about to attack and kill Nehemiah. Nehemiah realized that all they were trying to do was intimidate him so that he would go against God’s commands and sin, thus discredit him.

When the world does not like someone who is popular and doing great things, they try to find a way to stop him. Usually when a person is doing great things, many people like him, but there are always some who do not. The easiest way to stop a person is to discredit him, make the people think he is worthless or false.

As the world looks at believers who are standing strong and true to God, the best way to stop a believer is discredit them. However, if a believer is standing true, that is a difficult task. The enemy then will try to intimidate a believer.

False lies are said to put pressure on a believer to do something sinful. In a workplace, these lies can get the person to do fight back in the wrong way or say things that are wrong and do not honor God. It can often appear that a person’s job is on the line, even though it is not true.

Once the world can get the believer to do something wrong, his testimony about Jesus becomes very weak. Many will no longer believe or follow God because of it.

You must keep your life focused on what God has given you to do. Do not let the pressure of this world try to intimidate you into do something against what God has told you to do.

Do not allow yourself to do something that would harm your testimony about what Jesus has done in your life.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to live for Him; that you will not give into the intimidation the world gives; that God will open your eyes to the false lies of this world; and that you will be a strong witness for Jesus.