Putting Enemies in Their Place

“Then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied’ ” (1 Samuel 17:45).

The expression “to lionize” means to make bigger than it is. For example, we can “lionize” a person’s reputation beyond what is reasonable or even true. We can also lionize our enemies and exaggerate their significance beyond what is real.

We can also exaggerate our challenges. Moses did this when he balked at speaking before Pharaoh. But God reminded him:

“Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?” (Exodus 4:11).

God directed Moses’ thoughts upward. Since God created Moses, can He not empower and enable him to perform? Similarly, God wants us not to elevate enemies or challenges beyond their true scope. We get into trouble when we compare our challenges to ourselves. We make out far better when we compare them to God. On our own, we cannot compete with our enemies, particularly spiritually enemies. How can we put these enemies in their place?

1. Focus on God’s attributes.
An “attribute” represents a quality about a person or thing. God possesses attributes too. For example, God is love (1 John 4:8, 16). He has no limitations (Matthew 19:26). He possesses all power (Psalm 115:3). When we meditate on God’s qualities, we grow in faith in His ability to help us in our struggles.

2. Focus on God’s character.
When children pray: “God is great, God is good,” they pray accurately. God is great indeed, and cannot be limited by anything. But God is also good; He can only and always do the right thing.

When we put these together we discover a faith-building formula: God will always do the right thing and possesses the power to bring it about. When we pray, we pray to a prayer-hearing God who also can answer our prayers. When our prayers please God, He will not fail to come to our aid. How do we know what to pray? Study the Word and simply pour out your needs before Him. Then we simply look up and see what good things God will do.

Do not exaggerate your challenges; God can and will meet your needs (Philippians 4:19). He will not fail or forsake you.

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