Sunday, September 28, 2014
September 28 – Always the majority
Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you.” (Leviticus 26:8-9 NKJV)
This is one of many promises listed in this chapter of Leviticus that God made to all His people if they obeyed Him and followed His precepts. With God, we are always the majority, even if we appear to be outnumbered physically speaking. Intimidating threats, people or circumstances can throw us into a panic, but God is telling us that we have no reason to be afraid when we are with Him.
We have to remember at all times that our fight is not against flesh and blood, as Ephesians 6 tells us. Our fight is against demons, principalities and spiritual forces that want to cause destruction and steal away our salvation. When emotions get riled up and we begin to look at people with anger or grudges, we immediately move out of spiritual mode and into a fleshly mode. Jesus tells us to love our enemies, and even when it hurts, we have to choose to see them with eyes of compassion, as people who need to be saved just like us. But when it comes to the demons that work through the people who try to harm us, we need to be ruthless in our prayers and in our determination to defeat their work. When we are, we experience these kinds of victories. We have David and Goliath moments because we have the God of the universe fighting for us.
One of the saddest things that we’ve experienced in counselling over many years, is seeing people learn how to fight the devil in their prayers at church, but become open doors for demons in their daily lives. Filthy language leaves their lips and they entertain evil thoughts. They gladly lash out in anger and accusation on their job, or engage in fleshly behavior, but even so, they complain that they’re praying constantly and tying up demons and God doesn’t answer their prayers. It should be a no-brainer, but tying up the devil is a way of life, not just random prayers.
This promise is for everyone who lives in accordance with the precepts of God, who follows His ways and His Spirit. When we do, not even the armies of hell can stand against us.