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!
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word. (Ps 119:114 ESV)
For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. (Ps 27:5 NKJV)
You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. (Ps 31:20 NKJV)
You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. (Ps 32:7 NKJV)
A pavilion is another word for a tent, chamber or building. Through these Bible passages, the Lord is:
- Teaching us,
- Making promises to us, and
- Encouraging us.
The Lord is teaching us to run to Him and to His Word when we are in need, in poor health, or in trouble. He is reminding us to lay all of our troubles and concerns at His feet; and to trust Him to deal with each and every one of them on our behalf.
The Lord, through these Bible verses, promises to:
- Be our safe haven,
- Shield us and hide us from trouble,
- Set us high upon a rock, far from strife and evil words spoken against us,
- Save (deliver) us from trouble, and
- Surround us with songs of release and freedom from and victory over all evil.
Last, but not least, the Lord is lovingly encouraging us to put all of our faith and trust in Him and in His Word. He wants us to be steadfast and unwavering in our faith in Him.
God wants us to remember that He cannot and does not lie! (Num 23:19; Tit 1:2) Trust the Savior today.
Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand. (8) For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. (Romans 14:4, 8 NKJV – underscoring added)
We must not judge our brothers and sisters in Christ harshly. They are God’s servants—not ours. God’s Spirit in us brings unity and harmony, peace and understanding. We should not walk in strife, criticism, envy, or division. Those things do not flow from the heart of God. They come from the enemy of our souls in order to create division.
See the brothers and sisters in Christ through God’s eyes. God sees each of His children as He ordained them to be: VICTORIOUS! He sees them as having already fulfilled the tasks that He has assigned to them. He sees each one of us through His love, His mercy, and His plan for us.
Allow yourself, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to see past the outward appearance to the hidden hurts and challenges with which every human being must deal. All human beings have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. No one is exempt from pain, trial, or testing.
Remember, the Bible says that God is able to make His servants STAND. (Verse at top of post.) He will enable and empower each one of us to stand, as we trust Him and obey His Word daily. The Good News says: Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. (Rom 14:8) You are God’s child; rejoice in that! Ask God to give you grace to walk in peace and harmony with your brothers and sisters in Christ, and then rejoice that He has answered you.