Many a times, we easily buy into the devil’s lie that spiritual ‘giants’ are stronger than us; as a result, we are paralyzed by fear, defeated by anger, overcome by doubt or depression, or crushed by lust. We tend to forget one main thing, as children of the Most High God, we are destined to rule and not be ruled over. Just see, for instance, the following verses that speak about our dominion in Christ Jesus:
- Romans 6:14 “Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace”
- 1 John 2:14 “I have written to you who are young in the faith because you are strong. God’s word lives in your hearts, and you have won your battle with the evil one.”
- Luke 10:19 “ Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
We ought to walk victoriously year after year by progressing in the faith, however, the reverse is currently happening. Many of us either fear or even go the extent of ignoring the devil and his schemes, and the consequence is lack of peace, joy, love, or victory.
Everyone knows the story of David & Goliath, the little teenage boy who defeated a giant oppressor; well, just three chapters before this biblical story is an incident seldom told in churches, Jonathan & the Philistines. At the time, the Israelites were living in the promised land and Saul was king; the Philistines, a neighboring enemy, gathered together a multitude of horsemen and chariots, and encamped in several parts of Israel to wage war. At this sight, the Israelites became distressed and hid in caves, in thickets, in rocks, and in holes, while a number of soldiers deserted Saul. To make a long story short, only Jonathan, the king’s son, had enough of the cowardice of his people, and put his trust in the Lord to go fight the enemy with only his servant.
1 Samuel 14:6, 14-15 Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few…” And that first strike, which Jonathan and his armor-bearer made, killed about twenty men scattered over about half an acre. And there was a panic in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. The garrison and even the raiders trembled, the earth quaked, and it became a very great panic from God.
This story is amazing because it shows how God manifested His power through two men in order to conquer the enemy. When Jonathan stopped tolerating the presence of the enemy in the promised land and placed his faith in the Lord, great exploits followed. And the same applies to us ladies, we need to stop tolerating the presence of the enemy under the disguise of fear, anger, worry, fornication, or gluttony as if they were normal traits of us. Enough is enough, we must rule over them and not the other way around. Faith must accompany us in this decision, the assurance to know that we can conquer not by our might but by the power of the Holy Spirit, just like what Jonathan said above “for nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.” We cannot defeat the giant of sexual lust or depression by our own power; what we need is to go on our knees through prayer, fasting, and claiming the Word of God over our lives.
Victory is ours as children of the Most High God, it’s time to begin possessing our possessions. Let’s call a stop to the devil’s dominion over us and by faith in God through prayer, fasting, and the Word of God, let’s rule and no longer be ruled. Let’s submit to the Word of God.