March 12, 2018 by Kgalalelo
I was sitting one afternoon when the scripture came to mind that says “But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor evil occurrence” (1Kings 5:4). These were the words of Solomon. He had been anointed king in the place of his father, David and since David could not accomplish the task of building the temple for God, his son, took it upon himself to build it. David had intended to build the temple when he also was given rest from all his enemies all around (2 Samuel 7:1), but the Word of the Lord had come upon Prophet Nathan that God had appointed Solomon to build a house for His name instead of David. When Solomon had settled and had peace from his enemies he commanded that cedars be cut down from Lebanon to prepare for the building of the temple.
In 2 Chronicles 20, we learn about the story of Jehoshaphat who had been at war with the Moabites, Ammonites and other nations from Mount Seir. He had proclaimed a fast throughout Judah and sought the Lord as he was afraid but the Spirit of the Lord had come upon Jahaziel from the Levi tribe saying “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you” (2 Chronicles 20:14-17).
The Bible says that as soon as they heard the Word, praised, worshipped and sang unto the Lord the morning of the battle, the Lord set ambushes against the enemy who came against Judah, and they were defeated. The Lord had caused them to rejoice over their enemies. We further read “And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. Then the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around” (2 Chronicles 20:29-30).
God fought the enemy and gave His people rest from them that they may concentrate on other things. I reread the scriptures as I found myself restful as well and relaxed. I was not worrying about the usual things I normally worry about daily and I realised that God has given me rest from the enemy. He saw it befitting that I should have a time of peace, not distressing about anything as He handled everything perfectly Himself. He was taking care of the whole lot on His own and all I enquired about, it was done and completed. The scripture says “When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him”. There was no reason for the enemy to pick a fight with me as he was dealt with by the Lord and I was minding my own business. I was concentrating in the work of the Lord and receiving the Word of Life and applying it in my life.
God didn’t design us to be at war with the enemy because the enemy was defeated at the cross over two thousand years ago. Jesus Christ saved us, He redeemed us from the paws of the enemy and set us free without requesting anything but that we may follow His ways and refraining from wickedness. He said that to the woman who was brought to Him because she had been caught in adultery and was condemned by the Pharisees and scribes. They said according to the Law of Moses she had to be stoned to death. Jesus said to them “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first” (John 8:7) and because all those that were there were convicted by their conscience, they all left and Jesus was left with the woman and said to her ‘I do not condemn you; go and sin no more” (John 8:11).
God is concerned that we should not repeat our mistakes but learn from them and follow His ways all the time. He says I’m the way and the truth and the life (John 14:6). “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). We can never go wrong by trusting and following Jesus. Psalm 119:105 says that “Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path”. He’s leading is accurate and perfect, you can therefore, never be lost nor fall into the wrong hands. The Lord leads you far from the enemy and where there is trouble. He secures you because the Bible says that “His mercies endures forever” (Psalm 136:1) and “His mercies are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:23). You are safe in the Lord when you belong to Him. He protects you with all His Might and you never have to panic even when the enemy throws his fiery darts towards you. God thwarts the plans of the evil one and they have no impact on you because He has already defeated the enemy.
He says to us that we are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us. We are beyond conquering, victory is ours because He has won the battle. We receive accolades for doing absolutely nothing but just being in Him. Being in Christ means that nothing can come close to us. His blood and ours are one, our DNA and His are One and the Bible says at the name of Jesus, every knee bows and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. The enemy sees Jesus when he is about to attack and makes a quick U-turn because we are sealed in the blood of Christ. We often don’t realise how powerful we are and don’t understand who we are in Christ. Pastors across the world always tell us about our significance in Christ but often we don’t grasp that message.
You need to have the revelation to understand and it is through the Holy Spirit alone that you can receive this revelation and when you get it, you boast in the Lord and not of yourself because you know who you are and whom you belong to. This is powerful knowledge once understood and you begin to sing like David and say “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me” (Psalm 23:4). Your heart trusts in the Lord because you walk with Him and as a result, the angles surrounds you automatically, you feel the protective shield around you and you eat without any concerns of being attacked by the enemy because there’s no way the enemy can reach you.
David says that “surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever” (Psalm 23:6). David was sure of himself in the Lord because he knew and had seen the goodness of the Lord in his life. He was chased by Saul endlessly but victory was his all the time. He walked with confidence. The Bible says in 2 Samuel 6:14 that as David and the Israel crew were bringing the ark of God from the house Obed-Edom on a new cart transporting it to the City of David he danced before the Lord with all his might and was wearing linen ephod with the shout of trumpet. David was oblivious of himself and everyone around him. He danced as if no one was watching except the Lord. This is how you feel when you lose yourself in the Lord and self-consciousness disappears.
As you begin to have peace from your enemies, this is the time to worship and praise the Lord. It is time for you to devote yourself to God and serve Him wholeheartedly. There’s nothing like shutting the door and keeping the enemy out as you rejoice in the Lord. Observe the seasons and realise when you are at rest that you may jump and sing for joy before the Lord. Begin to thank the Lord for undisturbed rest.
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. &
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