EXTRACTED FROM OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL (11TH & 21TH MARCH, 2014). VICTORY OVER ENEMIES I & II PSALM 91 : 1 – 2. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. DANIEL 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. The first thing that strikes you in Psalm 91 : 1 is that there is someone called “The Most High”. He is called “The Most High” because He is higher than the highest ( Ecclesiastes 5 :8b ). The Name of that Person called “The Most High” is Jesus. It is written concerning Him in Philippians 2 : 9 that: “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:” There is a story about four boys who were discussing their fathers. Each boasted about his own. The first said his father was the greatest because his father was the Head of State. The second boy said his father was greater because his father was the physician of the Head of State. His father could order the president to stay in bed for one week and the president would obey him. The third boy then said his father was higher than the fathers of the other two because his father was the medicine man of their fathers. He could kill the two fathers if he wished. The fourth boy, who was the son of a messenger, said his father was the greatest of all four fathers because, not only could his father kill all their fathers, he could also raise the dead. They were amazed, but he told them he was not talking about his physical father but the One above, whose name is Jesus. Paul in Philippians 3:10 prayed earnestly: “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;” One wonders what prompted the apostle to pray this type of prayer! It may be, as we shall shortly see, that he discovered the secret of victory in the knowledge of the Most High God. It is beneficial to know Christ. In Daniel 11:32, the Bible reveals that the people who know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. The knowledge of God is therefore the key to doing exploits for Him. The degree of your knowledge of the Almighty God determines the level of victory you will experience over your enemies. For victorious Christian living therefore, knowledge is not a matter of choice but rather that of life and death; for lack of knowledge could lead to death (Hosea 4:6). Knowledge is generally accepted as power. Power to conquer your enemies is in knowledge. This knowledge should be the knowledge of the Most High. Let’s take a look at examples of some heroes of faith and see how their knowledge of God gave them victory. The three Hebrew young men were boastful of their God as being able to deliver them (Daniel 3:16-18). They also knew that it could please Him to recall them to Himself in heaven through the fiery furnace. When you know God to be a consuming fire, you will not want to do anything that will offend Him. In return, your life of consecration and holiness will shield you against the onslaught of the enemy. Seek to know the Trinity today Prayer Points: ------------------- Father, keep me from evil and let your mighty hand uphold me that I may not fall away from your grace and mercy. Father, reveal yourself to me. Let me know you as I ought to, and let the knowledge of you give me victory all the days of my life.
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