What makes enemies run away? The presence of the Living God!
What about God’s presence in us and with us causes our enemies to “perish at His presence”?
When my enemies turn back, they shall fall and perish at Your presence. (Ps 9:3 NKJV)
This verse tells us that the enemies begin to run away (‘turn back’) and then they fall and then they perish (or die). God’s power, perfection, and glory have this devastating effect on those who work in defiance of God and of His will.
You will make them turn their backs when you aim your arrows at them. (Ps 21:12 NCV)
They run from God in fear and terror because the enemies of our souls are aware that God is always victorious, and His arrows never miss their targets.
You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes. (Ps 18:40 NIV)
The explanation for this verse is that the enemy (satan) sets ambushes for people and aims arrows of lack, sickness, strife and fear at God’s people. God’s arrows are the power of His spoken Word, His living Word, and His written Word. With the power and authority of Jesus Christ and His finished work of salvation, the Lord overcomes and overpowers the enemy easily as we trust in Him, and speak His Word in faith and power into our circumstances.
Rejoice in the goodness and the mighty power of our God!
Why does the Lord want us to be ready to tell people about salvation at a moment’s notice? One reason is that the Lord is not willing that any should perish; He wants everyone to be saved. (2 Pet 3:9)
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. (2 Tim 4:2) He wants us to be ready whether it’s convenient and whether it’s inconvenient—when the world mentality (at any given time) is “pro-Christian” or “anti-Christian.” Our heart attitude should be eager to share the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.
No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. (2 Tim 2:3-4) The warfare in which we’re engaged is to share the gospel with as many people as possible, regardless of their response or reaction. Leave that part in God’s hands. When we accepted Christ as our Savior, we were automatically enlisted as a soldier in the army of the Living God.
You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men . . . (2 Cor 3:2) Not only do we share the gospel with our words, but we share it by the lives that we live. People will read us as easily as they read a book or a letter.
What are you sharing through your day-to-day life? Is your readiness joyous and filled with hope and courage? If so, then it will be good and edifying to read!
Ponder this: did Jesus truly show His love for mankind? Do you have assurance of God the Father’s love for you? Here are some Scriptures for you to consider:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
. . . nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:39, underscoring added)
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
All of these Bible verses talk about the love of God for us and the love of Jesus for us. It is very easy to understand it through these passages.
Jesus, our Savior, demonstrated His great love for mankind and for His Father by offering His own life and blood in order to reconcile all of mankind to our Father God. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. (Joh 15:13) Jesus absolutely loved us—He gave His life for us!
With this understanding of Jesus’ love, which is a reflection of God the Father’s love, I believe it should seem like a reasonable service for us to put God in first place in our lives.