Do your enemies become unhappy when you’re around?

But the officers of Achish were unhappy about his being there. “Isn’t this David, the king of the land?” they asked. “Isn’t he the one the people honor with dances, singing, ‘Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands’?” – 1 Samuel 21:11

King Saul wanted David dead and began a manhunt for him to kill him. David got word of the bounty on his head and made out for the hill country to hide from Saul and escape death. He went to the king of Gath, but the officers in the king’s army were unnerved by David’s presence in Gath. He’d been the one who killed their champion, Goliath.

Do your enemies get nervous when you’re in town? Do they even know when you’re around? These questions should be true of every disciple of Jesus. Why? Because the Lion of Judah lives in each disciple and isn’t afraid of anyone! Greater is He that IS IN ME than he that is in the world! Remember that we don’t wrestle with flesh and blood but against the spiritual wickedness in high places. Remember, too, that the weapons of our warfare are not of this world, but they are mighty to the pulling down of strongholds! Thus, our enemies should quake as they did before Jesus when he encountered the man outside the graveyard of the Gadarenes. Also, they should recognize us like they did Jesus and Paul when the sons of Sceva tried to exorcise demons but were whipped badly because they didn’t know the Lion of Judah personally and only spoke in the God whom Paul served.

Father, thank you for living in me and making me your personal temple, the place where you dwell upon the earth among men. You approved us on the day of Pentecost when your Spirit appeared with the sound of a wind storm and appeared as fire resting on each of the 120. Your presence is known throughout the universe by both angel and man. Angels of all sorts are smart enough to acknowledge your presence and glory and either flee in horror or bow in worship. The song “God’s not dead” speaks to your might but denies the truth that you’re more than roaring on the inside of people but really want to roar on the outside of obedient children doing the work of their Father. The disciples you sent out in pairs came back bragging that the demons were subject to them, but you said to give praise to God because their names were registered in heaven. LORD, it’s not by my might or power but by your Spirit that I am able to do all things in Jesus, who gives me strength through his grace. I love you, Dad. May your Spirit enable me to be your witness among men and cause the enemy to become unnerved when I show up because they know the God who lives in me. Your will be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.