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WHO ARE YOUR ENEMIES?   2 comments

WHO ARE YOUR ENEMIES?

 Lord, I trust in you only. Don’t let my enemies overcome me.

 Ps. 31:1

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Who are your enemies?  Everybody has enemies for one reason or another.  We may have made them ourselves through thoughtless or selfish acts, or they may have come about due to circumstances beyond our control.  Maybe we intentionally hurt someone at work, or perhaps a neighbor, who has just moved next door, is just plain mean, ornery or disrespectful.  The reasons are endless.

But enemies can also be other things. Emotions, attitudes, physiological, medical conditions or physical or mental addictions could be considered enemies.  Not being a religious scholar, I am going to go out on a limb here and say anything that diverts our attention away from our relationship with God could be considered our enemy.

Both Psalm 31 and 35 describe situations where King David, the man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), implores God to both defend him against and defeat his enemies.  Now, we know from the Bible, that David was both a godly man and hunted man.  One of his biggest enemies was King Saul who was so jealous of his popularity, that he vowed to hunt him down and destroy him.

We also know that another of his biggest enemies was lust as evidenced by his desire and ultimate illicit sexual affair with Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba (2 Samuel:11).  One enemy, Saul, happened not because of what David did to him personally, but because of Saul’s own jealousy.  The other, the adulterous affair, was because of David’s lustful desire. (It should be noted here that Saul suffered from a condition described in the Bible as “a distressing spirit from the Lord” or as we might call it today, depression.  In addition to jealousy, this was another enemy with which Saul was cursed. 1 Samuel 16:14.)

So, you see, enemies don’t necessarily have to be people.  If you are suffering from  fear, a physical or mental addiction, a medical condition, an emotional disorder, these can also be enemies.  Don’t let them “overcome” you.  Psalm 91 says that you don’t have to when it states that “you don’t have to fear the dangers of the day or the plagues of the night or the tragedies of the morning (Ps. 91:5-8.)” You can live within the shadow of the Almighty and enjoy His protection, His healing and His security.  Just trust in Him alone.

 Jay Boudreaux

2013

Suggested reading:

Ps.31,

Ps.35

Ps.91

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ENEMIES AND VICTORY   Leave a comment

He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. (NIV)

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                                                                 Ps. 91:2

Enemies.  We all have had them, or have them today, in one way or another in our lives.  The mere sound of the word strikes fear in the hearts of many.  An enemy can be either real as in a playground bully or imagined as in an unfounded fear that someone wishes us harm.  Not many of us have real enemies as did king David.  He was hounded and pursued by king Saul because Saul was jealous of David’s abilities and personality.  Saul was afraid that David was after his throne.

Today many of us are hounded by other types of enemies, such as alcoholism, drug abuse, sexual disorders, depression, eating disorders, etc.  These are not new to mankind, just more publicized and talked about openly in society. As  a matter of fact, the Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12 that ” we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.    (KJV).”  In other words Satan is our enemy and he uses a myriad of ailments, conditions, destructive habits and substances to destroy us.  The sad part about it is that we are defenseless against these enemies unless we depend on the Savior, Jesus Christ. He is OMNIPOTENT.  He has the power to defeat all methods used by Satan to bring us down.  But we have to trust Him.  And to do that all we need is faith. A belief that God loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).  That’s it!  Believe in Jesus Christ.  Believe that He loves us so much that He would do anything to keep us from eternal damnation.  To keep us from failure, self-destruction, disease; you name it.

Who are your enemies today? Want victory over them? Use God’s armor as described in Ephesians 6:10 – 17; armor that is more powerful than any nuclear weapon devised by man.  But more importantly believe it because it was forged by the hand of God and that victory will be yours.

J. Boudreaux 2012

SUGGESTED VERSES:

Ps. 35

Ps. 44:4-7

Ps. 91

Isa. 43:2

John 14:11

2 Thes. 3:3

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