IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: REIGNING IN THE MIDST OF ENEMIES
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, ‘Rule in the midst of your enemies!’” (Psalm 110:2 NIV).
I believe this wonderful promise—“You will rule in the midst of your enemies”—is not only for the ascended Christ. Since we are in Christ and therefore seated with him at God’s right hand, it’s a promise for us too!
Notice, however, it’s not a promise that the Lord will get rid of our enemies. Someday, when Christ returns, that will happen, but not yet. Until then we will have enemies —enemies, as we’ve noted, that come in various shapes and sizes. So this is not a rose-garden promise to remove our enemies, but an invitation to rule in the midst of them. As David expressed it in the beloved Twenty-Third Psalm: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies” (v. 5, italics mine).
Though we have enemies, we can rule in the midst of them and be “more than conquerors” through Christ (Romans 8:37). Having been raised up and seated with Christ “in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 2:6; Colosians 3:1), we are therefore at God’s right hand, enthroned with Christ in the place of authority. That means we are no longer in a defensive, but an offensive position in relation to our enemies. We are in the midst of them but also looking down on them from above. Knowing that should cause us to rise up in confidence, boldness, and authority.
Remember the story of David and Goliath? Goliath was insulted that the Israelites would send out such a pathetic, unworthy opponent as David to fight him. He was infuriated when he saw that the man who had been sent out to fight him was “only a youth.” “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” he taunted. “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the wild animals of the field” (1 Samuel 17:43–44).
Goliath, the nine-foot giant, armed from head to toe, was an experienced, bloodthirsty warrior. David, the shepherd boy with only a sling, was obviously no match for him.
Yet when Goliath advanced toward him, what did David do? Tremble? Shake in his boots? Start backpedaling as fast as he could? No. Scripture says: “When the Philistine drew nearer to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:48, italics mine).
Amazing! David didn’t wait for the giant to initiate the combat. Instead he put his head down and charged toward Goliath. He didn’t fight defensively, using his quickness and smaller size to avoid Goliath’s attacks, hoping possibly to wear the giant down. No. David went on the offensive!
King Saul and David’s older brothers were probably shaking their heads in dismay. How foolish could David be? The lowly shepherd boy must be delusional! Yet we know that wasn’t the case. Why then was he so undaunted and courageous?
What David shouted to Goliath just before he charged toward him provides the answer: “You come to me with sword and spear and javelin; but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts” (1 Samuel 17:45). David’s boldness and confidence was in the name of the one in whom he had come: Yahweh Sabaoth—the Lord of Hosts, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. That name, which occurs approximately two hundred ninety times in the Bible, is one of the most frequent divine names in Scripture.
David had set his mind on things above, on the one above, who sits on heaven’s throne, who commands heaven’s armies and reigns above the earth. Seen in that light, from the perspective of heaven, he doesn’t look up at nine-foot Goliath; he looks down on him. Compared to David’s God, the Lord of Hosts, Goliath was like a tiny flea on the rear end of an elephant!
“Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet” (Psalms 110:1 NIV).
Enemy – one who is seeking injury, overthrow, or to confound. Sometimes the enemy is our own thoughts or imaginations. Jesus said there is a thief – the enemy is like a thief. Jesus ruled the enemy during his lifetime here on earth. Israel ruled in the midst of their enemies. The children of Israel had it in the promised land they ruled and over took their enemies. We have the mind of Christ so we can rule and reign over the enemy first beginning in our thoughts. No enemy, no work, no trial – nothing can stop us.
Isa 59:19 So [as the result of the Messiah’s intervention] they shall [reverently] fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives]. AMP
The Lord said to my Lord…” can also read the Lord said to me and to you “sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” What does this implies?
1) YOUR POSTURE: God says “sit.” This signifies the position of rest, authority, and a state of dominion. Ephesians 2:6 says that “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms…”
2) YOUR POSITION: The right hand of the Lord is the place of power and does mighty things. It is the place of honour, dominion and riches. It is the place of blessings and grace. And this is what should characterize your life.
3) YOUR PROCESS: “Until I make” speaks of process. God has to work it out in you and on your enemies. Don’t just talk like it, prepare for it. Develop yourself, train, build capacity, grow. For as long as the heir remains a child, he differs not from a slave! (Galatians 4:1-2).Your victory is in your growth!
4) YOUR OPPOSITION: “Your enemies.” The truth is that you don’t have to focus on your opposition but focus on the position God has placed you. Your opposition are the ladder into your rulership.
5) YOUR OPERATION: “Rule thou in the midst of your enemies”. God does not want you to behave cowardly and naively in the midst of your opposition but want you to rule in the midst of your enemies. The mantle on your life is to rule.
I pray for you today rule in the midst of your enemies in Jesus’ name.
PRAYER: O Lord any enemy within and without I rule over them in the name of Jesus’
QUOTES: Rulership begins with identity and identity comes with knowledge.
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