Thursday, September 22, 2022

“You are my King, my God, who ordains victories for Jacob. Through You we drive back our foes; through Your name we trample our enemies. For I do not trust in my bow, and my sword does not bring me victory. But You give us victory over our foes and let those who hate us be disgraced. We boast in God all day long; we will praise Your name forever. Selah”

Psalms 44:4-8 HCSB

“Enemies? What enemies do I have,” you may ask yourself. Indeed, it may seem as if most people like you or are at least okay with you. After all, no one is chasing after you with a machete, right?!

But there is a different kind of adversary God regularly chases back on your behalf who terrorizes your joy, puts up a wall between you and Him, and detracts from His kingdom: sin.

Put that way, what foes has the Shepherd beaten back in your life that once were irrepressible opponents? While you may not have the concrete, obvious enemies of drugs or alcohol, what about jumping to conclusions and being quick to judge others? I remember a time when anger and envy were driving forces in my life, most definitely putting wedges between me and God and others. Who wants to hang out with the angry, jealous chick? Perhaps gossip is your jam. Or you just can’t stop yourself from telling those lies even when the truth would have been Through You we drive back our foes; through Your name we trample our enemies. just as easy. Stealing pens from the office? Or maybe it’s simply holding back on giving of your time and talents to the kingdom of God through saying “yes” to volunteerism.

God wants to trample these enemies that separate us from Him and from living victoriously to His glory. As a child of God, you are not a slave to these sins. The thief Satan comes to steal and destroy, but God tells us in John 10:10 He came so that we would have abundant life. That means life overflowing with His goodness and mercy! 🚦

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