Thursday, 6 June 2013

Your Enemies Flee

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 28 v 7; Luke 8 v 26 - 39.

“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."

Some people think that Jesus and the devil are always confronting and fighting each other. But when I read my Bible, I don’t see fights between the two. What I see is the devil having to flee whenever he encounters Jesus!

Even when Jesus fasted 40 days and was confronted by Satan in the Wilderness, He defeated him by the power in the Word of God.

Consider the demoniac from the country of the Gadarenes in Luke 8:26–39. The demons in the man begged Jesus not to torment them or send them into the abyss, but to permit them to stay in that place. Jesus sent them into a herd of swine who did what the Legion of demons was trying to do to the demoniac. Commit suicide.  Thereafter the man was clothed and in his right mind.

You see, neither the devil nor his demons can stand before Jesus. They may be able to torment people for a while, but when Jesus comes on the scene, they know that they have to leave.  There is no fellowship between light and darkness; good and evil; Jesus and Satan.  They will have to flee! All it took was just one word from Jesus, and the entire legion of demons had to come out of the man and flee into the swine.

As a child of God, you exude a spiritual fragrance which evil spirits can detect and which causes them to tremble. It is the life of Jesus inside you. And He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4) When a demon sees you filled with the Holy Spirit, he cannot distinguish between you and Jesus. All he sees is the Light that destroyed the power of all demons as Jesus in you shines forth. He is a defeated foe and all he has in his bag of tricks is bluff.  But he is very good at conning people.

He can scare you with symptoms of horrible diseases. If you start to fear and worry he adds more pain and misery. Your unsaved doctor is also under his control and he diagnoses and confirms your fears. In Job it says that which you greatly fear shall come upon you. So when you get nasty symptoms, return them to sender and rather believe God's Word which says by the stripes of Jesus you are healed.

That is why no curse, spell, disease, accusation, scandal or destruction planned against you can succeed. Your enemies may come against you one way, but when you submit to God and resist the devil he will flee. (James 4 v 7). The Lord will confuse them and cause them to flee before you seven ways when you declare your faith and make your stand.

We must be proactive with the Lord as Jesus paid with His life to give you this victory over your enemies. So put on the whole armour of God, and resist the enemy to see your symptoms disappear. All things are possible to those who believe.

After His arrest in the garden of Gethsemane, the Jews and Gentiles were united for the first time with one common objective: Torture Jesus and have Him killed. King Herod of the Jews and Pontius Pilate of the Romans were long-time enemies, but because of Jesus, they became friends. (Luke 23:12).

My friend, Jesus’ enemies were united and had “victory” over Him. But because He triumphed over them through the Cross and rose again, today, your enemies will be scattered and you will have victory over them!

Prayer: Heavenly Father we have been accustomed to consulting doctors and specialists to have our fears confirmed before we pray and resist our enemy. We need to renew our minds according to Your Word to have continuous victory over illness, financial problems, bad government, motor accidents, being burgled, mugged or any other scheme of the enemy to destroy our faith. Father, teach us to know just how powerful You are on behalf of Your children. In Jesus' name. Amen.