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RULING EVEN WHEN THE ENEMIES ARE IN POWER

IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.

TOPIC: RULING EVEN WHEN THE ENEMIES ARE IN POWER!

COMPILED/EDITED BY:-
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)

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 and are still ruling till today.

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.

“The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power.’
Psalm 110:1-3

Though these may be perilous times, they are also the days of God’s power on the earth.

We are in the days of His power. The end time is the era of power. We are in the era of the dominion of the church And again God is positioning men and women for what He is about to do.

It doesn’t matter how things may look like in the world now, Jesus is coming for a glorious Church.
Despite the gross darkness, the church is going to shine in glory and power, ruling in the midst of her enemies.. The time of the greatest darkness in the world will be the time of greatest light in the Church. And just like in the past waves of revival, God is positioning men and women that He will use mightily in these end times.
Let us therefore live ready and prepared so as not to miss out on the mighty move of The Spirit.

No matter what may be going on in the world, always maintain your focus on God’s Word. Understand that it is always darkest just before the day breaks, the enemy knows that great Glory is about to be released.over God’s people, that is why he is trying to distract the Church.

But we will not give in to his distractions. God is too faithful to fail.
What His mouth has promised, His hand is able to perform.
The end time Church will indeed be a glorious Church, living in dominion and ruling in the midst of her enemies.

The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, ‘Rule in the midst of your enemies!’” (Psalm 110:2 NIV)

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).

Even though we have enemies as fierce as the lion and tiger or as dangerous as the dragon, 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!

After he defeated Goliath, David went on to become a mighty warrior, no doubt the greatest in all Israel’s history. “Blessed be the Lord, my rock,” he would declare, “who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle” (Psalm 144:1; cf. Psalm 18:34). Scripture describes his mighty exploits in significant detail.

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.

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.

John 10:10 A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

God is bringing the Church into the power and glory of the kingdom. The ruling scepter in the kingdom of God is the rod of the Word. He sends the rod out of Zion and then commands us to rule! Be strong in the Lord, grow in the Word, and become established in the power of the Spirit.

SHALOM!

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