IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: DO NOT FEAR, THOSE WHO ARE WITH US ARE MORE THAN THOSE AGAINST US.
Rev Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
2nd Kings 6:17
Today, with the direction our country is heading, there seems to be an assault on churches and people of faith. With the very clear threat from the islamic jihadists as represented by the FULANI HERDSMEN TERRORISTS, BOKOHARAM, ISWAP and several other islamic militia groups surrounding our towns, villages and in some cases forests, Killing, Kidnapping and raping our women, being aided and abetted by the FULANI controlled army, police and other military and paramilitary agencies, It may seem like we are alone, weak and powerless.
THE FULL STORY
Now the king of Aram (Syrian) was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.” 9 The man of God (Elisha) sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” 10 So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places. 11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?” 12 “None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.” 13 “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city. 15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. 16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So God struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.
2nd King 6:8-17
One of our enemy’s oldest tricks is to make us feel all alone, weak and powerless.
Elisha’s servant saw the massive enemy army and wondered what to do other than fear. He probably thought it was over for him, Elisha and all of the children of God.
Elijah thought he was the only one left of God’s prophets (1 Kings 18:22) but God reassured him that He kept 7000 prophets (2 Kings 19:18).
It’s easy to feel abandoned and powerless. But we need the Lord to open our eyes as He did for Elisha and realize that: “if God is for us, who can be against us?”Romans 8:31
When Paul was abandoned from his colleagues, the Lord gave Paul a vision in Acts 18:9-10 NKJV that he wasn’t alone.
Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; 10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.”
You may feel weak, alone, and powerless, surrounded by armies of problems. But if you pray to the Lord, He will open your eyes, and speak to you like he did the many people who were in the same boat or worse in the past.
We can especially feel alone at the times when we most need help – at the times when we are faced with obstacles and challenges. Most of us know the feeling of having to take on a struggle in our life, with a sense that we’re going into battle by ourselves. We know something of the feeling that Elisha’s servant must have had as he looked outside his master’s house and saw the entire city of Dothan surrounded by Syrian warriors.
Imagine what that would have been like for Elisha’s servant, who was only a boy or a young man. We read that he “arose early in the morning and went out.” Imagine stepping out of your door early in the morning and seeing a hostile army completely surrounding your neighbourhood. Now, where we live now, that may seems almost absurd; but in other places in the world, like NIGERIA where the fulani jihadists are having a field day killing, maiming, raping and taking over lands belonging to the Indigenous tribes this is still a real possibility. Imagine the fear of seeing that enemy army – and imagine how much greater the fear would be if you knew that the army had one goal in mind – to get to the house that you are in and destroy you and the people you are living with. We can understand why the servant boy cried out to Elisha, “Alas, my master! What shall we do!”
Put yourself in the shoes of Elisha’s servant. You (and I) would probably have been filled with fear too. But here’s where I want you to pay close attention, because there is a powerful truth I want you to catch. Without faltering, Elisha calmly told his servant, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (2 Kings 6:16).
I can just imagine how the servant must have felt. There was absolutely no logic in what Elisha had just said. There were just the two of them against a whole army! Had his master gone mad?
Why had the young servant been fearful while Elisha was fearless? The answer is this: They saw different things. The young man saw the great Syrian army. But Elisha saw an even greater angelic army on chariots of fire. Elisha had spiritual insight.
My dear reader, would you commit the above Scripture to heart? If you are in a constant fight with fear, meditate on this Scripture and fortify your heart with this promise. Whether you find yourself besieged by debts, attacked by what doctors call a terminal illness, or constantly anxious over the safety of your children, remember this powerful verse. The God of angelic armies is with you. No weapon formed against you shall prosper (see Isa. 54:17)!
THE truth here asserted is indisputable. Even heathens have taken this for their motto, and emblazoned it upon their standards of war. “God is for us!” has been the war-cry of many a warrior as he has dashed to the fight; however out of place it was in such association its force was clearly perceived. Our text, however, protects itself from ill-usage, for you observe that the text is guarded with the little word “If,” as a sentinel. No man, therefore, has any right to the treasures of this text, unless he can give the pass-word d, and answer the question. It is not every man who can say that God is on his side; on the contrary. the most of men are fighting against the Lord. By nature we are the friends of sin, and then God is against us; with all the powers of justice he is against us for our destruction unless we turn and repent. Is God for us? Remember he is so if we have been reconciled to him by the death of his Son; but an absolute God must be in arms against us, for even our God is a consuming fire. It is only when we behold the Lord Jehovah in the person of Jesus Christ that our hope and joy can begin; when we see Deity incarnate, when we see God surrendering the glories of his throne to become man, and then stooping to the shameful death of the cross—it is then that we perceive Emmanuel, “God with us,” and perceiving him, we feel that he is on our side. Question thyself then, soul, whether thou art in Christ. He who is not with Christ is not with God. If thou art without Christ, thou art without God, and a stranger from the commonwealth of Israel; but if through the sprinkled blood thou canst say that thou art reconciled unto God, then take the full meaning of this text, and feast upon it, and be thou blessed, for “If God be for us, who can be against us?”
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