IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
HE ALLOWED NO ONE TO OPPRESS THEM, HE REBUKED KINGS FOR THEIR SAKES
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“He permitted no one to do them wrong: Yes, He rebuked Kings for their sakes.”
(Psalm 105:14, NKJV)
The knowledge of who we are in Christ Jesus is the greatest discovery we could make and is more valuable than all the treasures of this world. Why? This knowledge holds the key to our sustained freedom. It also provides other priceless benefits such as enduring peace and self-confidence in God.
Shortly before Jesus Christ was delivered to be crucified for the salvation of mankind, He made a very heartfelt plea to the Almighty God pertaining to all of us (read John 17). He asked for a special divine consideration to be given to anyone who will believe in Him. “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of this world.” (John 17:15-16, New King James Version).
God placed a special mark on His creation and this is the hallmark of diversity: no two individuals are the same even when they appear to share similarities such as physical appearance and societal features such as culture. Every one of us is unique and this applies to your new identity in Christ Jesus: “therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have passed away: behold all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, New King James Version).
In response to the prayers of Jesus Christ, God is committed to the welfare of every one of us and this includes our safety and protection from all kinds of evil. As suggested by our key Bible verse for this devotional, there is a divine decree defending our lives. This declaration attracts severe punishment for any violators, irrespective of their position or reasons for acting the way they did.
The abiding presence of the Spirit of God makes every one of us special and risky to hurt by anyone. This is the anointing of God upon our lives. No wonder the Lord warns in Zechariah 2:8 (English Standard Version): “for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye”. This truth is reiterated in Romans 8:33 (New King James Version): “Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.”
It is important for us to be conscious of this special provision of God and His assurances to defend us against all our adversaries.
This knowledge helps creates a superior confidence of victory over whatever is causing us grief such as sicknesses, harassment etc. We must bring all our troubles to the presence of God, bearing in mind His promises to always protect us from harm. There is no reason strong or genuine enough for anyone to cause you pain because you are a child of God through Jesus Christ. Psalms 82:6- New King James Version says “ I said ,”You are gods ,and all of you are children of the Most High”
“ … do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm.” (Psalm 105:15, New King James Version).
One of the main reasons why the Lord will not permit anyone to treat us unjustly is because of the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in us. When the Almighty God led the children of Israel to their promised land, His reaction to their enemies was personal. He would not allow any of the Israelites to suffer harm and in the Bible we read: “He permitted no one to do them wrong: Yes, He rebuked Kings for their sakes.” (Psalm 105:14, New King James Version).
This leads us to the sad experiences of King Saul who was the first King of Israel. We might wonder why it became so difficult for His sins to be forgiven. His trouble began when the Spirit of God departed from him as a result of his disobedience to the word of the Lord as instructed by Prophet Samuel (read 1 Samuel 15).
He became vulnerable to evil torment and was beyond redemption when he decided to kill David. Naively, he was not aware that David had been anointed by Prophet Samuel. The Bible gives the following account of what happened when David was chosen by God: “then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers: and the SPIRIT of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.” (1 Samuel 16:13, New King James Version).
Note that when the oil was placed upon the head of David, the Spirit of God became his companion; this meant that anyone who tries to hurt him would be taking a big risk and furthermore, he was now more than just one of the Sons of Jesse.
The anointing made him the apple of God’s eyes which meant that he must not be harmed. Saul was ignorant of all these but his ignorance did not excuse him from the consequences of planning evil against David (the Lord’s anointed or chosen one)
The futile efforts of Saul to kill David nevertheless continued. David also had the opportunity to kill Saul but he knew there was no reason strong enough to justify harming any one of God’s untouchables. He said to his men who had earlier encouraged him to harm Saul: “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.” (1st Samuel 24:6, New King James Version).
Even though Saul had been rejected by God, his judgment or punishment was not in the hands of any man including David. Therefore, nothing was permitted to hurt Saul simply because he was God’s anointed. In Galatians 6:17, Apostle Paul also warned “From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” (New King James Version). There is a “touch-not” or “do not harm” decree upon every born again child of God through Jesus Christ and we must be conscious of this reality.
The truth of our exclusion from harm explains the irreversible word of God which says: “behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.”
(Isaiah 54:15, ).
This is God’s eternal promise of peace and security to us all.
Let us pray: “Father, by your mercy, fight my cause with those who strive with me and fight against those who contest against me,” in Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.
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