IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THE LORD SHALL CAUSE ENEMIES COMING AGAINST YOU IN ONE WAY TO FLEE IN SEVEN WAYS.
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“The LORD shall cause thy enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.”
The Lord shall cause thine enemies, etc. – This is a promise of security from foreign invasion, or total discomfiture of the invaders, should they enter the land. They shall come against thee one way – in the firmest and most united manner. And flee seven ways – shall be utterly broken, confounded, and finally routed.
When you are living in covenant with God, you can stand on the blessings of Deuteronomy 28. One of them deals specifically with spiritual warfare: “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways” (Deuteronomy 28:7).
“The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways.” Deuteronomy 28:7-9 (NIV)
This promises was given to Israel at the time when they were preparing to pass through the Jordan into the promised land. Moses was about to hand over the leadership of Israel to Joshua but before his farewell he gave a series of speeches reminding the people about the word of the law. The people that gathered to hear him were the generation of Israelites who had grown up wandering in the wilderness and who had not experienced the amazing exodus out of Egypt. Moses was therefore making sure that this new generation – who would go into take possession of the promised land – knew what the Lord expected of them. Other verses also form part of the blessings that the Lord is holding out to Israel if they are obedient to His word. They apply primarily to the nation of Israel when they settled in the Land. The simple meaning is that the Lord would fight the Israelites battles for them as He did on numerous occasions (cf Joshua 10:25, 23:10; 2 Chronicles 20:17; Jeremiah 15:20). But the blessings depended on the people’s obedience to the word of the Lord – the covenant.
Now of course we know from the rest of the bible that Israel failed to obey the Word of the Lord fully. That is why the covenant curses in the latter half of Deuteronomy 28 came into effect. See especially Deuteronomy 28:36b “You shall be uprooted from the Land you are entering to possess.” Indeed they did go into exile and God graciously left a remnant to rebuild the ruins.
However God did not give up on His promises just because Israel sinned. The promises of Deuteronomy 28 were ultimately fulfilled in Christ Jesus who defeated our enemies (sin, Satan and death) on the cross (cf Colossians 2:15; 1 Corinthians 15:26-28). And the same promises still hold firm for all those who trust in Christ today. We do not need to fear those enemies – the Lord himself has fought for us!
“My times are in thy hand.”-Psalm 31:15
DAVID WAS SAD: his life was spent with grief, and his years with sighing. His sorrow had wasted his strength, and even his bones were consumed within him. Cruel enemies pursued him with malicious craft, even seeking his life. At such a time he used the best resource of grief; for he says in verse 14, “But I trusted in thee, O Lord.” He had no other refuge but that which he found in faith in the Lord his God. If enemies slandered him, he did not render railing for railing; if they devised to take away his life, he did not meet violence with violence; but he calmly trusted in the Lord. They ran hither and thither, using all kinds of nets and traps to make the man of God their victim; but he met all their inventions with the one simple defense of trust in God. Many are the fiery darts of the wicked one; but our shield is one. The shield of faith not only quenches fiery darts, but it breaks arrows of steel. Though the javelins of the foe were dipped in the venom of hell, yet our one shield of faith would hold us harmless, casting them off from us. Thus David had the grand resource of faith in the hour of danger. Note well that he uttered a glorious claim, the greatest claim that man has ever made: “I said, Thou art my God.” He that can say, “This kingdom is mine,” makes a royal claim; he that can say, “This mountain of silver is mine,” makes a wealthy claim; but he that can say to the Lord, “Thou art my God,” hath said more than all monarchs and millionaires can reach. If this God is your God by his gift of himself to you, what can you have more? If Jehovah has been made your own by an act of appropriating faith, what more can be conceived of? You have not the world, but you have the Maker of the world; and that is far more. There is no measuring the greatness of his treasure who hath God to be his all in all.
The great truth is this-all that concerns the believer is in the hands of the Almighty God. “My times”, these change and shift; but they change only in accordance with unchanging love, and they shift only according to the purpose of One with whom is no variableness nor shadow of a turning. “My times”, that is to say, my ups and my downs, my health and my sickness, my poverty and my wealth-all those are in the hand of the Lord, who arranges and appoints according to his holy will the length of my days, and the darkness of my nights. Storms and calms vary the seasons at the divine appointment. Whether times are reviving or depressing remains with him who is Lord both of time and of eternity; and we are glad it is so.
Today I want you to see the walls of resistance crumbling before you. I want you to see God taking on your enemies and handcuffing them–they are powerless when you hand them over to the Lord. I want you to see the mountains of impossibility that you are facing being cast into the sea.
Start telling God the desires of your heart and watch as He begins to make your paths straight. Watch as He begins to bring things to pass in your life that you never thought possible.
Focus your faith on the outcome. Right now the circumstances may look grim, but these are just mere stepping stones in the overall story of your life. Keep marching forward. God sees your end from the beginning! Stay focused on Him!
Pray always and be watchful. At least half the battle is being on the offense—and that demands discernment. There’s an oft-overlooked instruction in Ephesians 6 that allows your spiritual warfare to transcend space and time: “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Eph. 6:18). The enemy is less likely to pounce on the one who is prayerful and watchful because that one is in communion with the Holy Spirit, a power which no foe can withstand.
So go forth, spiritual warrior, with praise in your heart and prayer on your lips, dressed for battle. The battle belongs to the Lord and the devil will flee seven ways.
May the Lord bless you, and may the Lord keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, giving you his peace. May you be committed to doing the will of God, living in the perfect providential graciousness of God your Father. He will send his angels before you to prepare your way, and behind you to be your rear guard. Know that you will live within his divine favor, because you are obedient to him. May the Lord bless you now in all things.
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