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Sticking with God brings this added bonus–victory over enemies

Serving Jehovah, our Heavenly Father, has many rewards when we are the truly saved who endure to the end. One of those bonuses is ultimate victory over any and all enemies who reject, persecute, mock, and even kill us for being in the faith. Every once in a while when I feel like I’m getting nowhere fast with enemies who lash out against me, I still wish for their salvation, but I also like to remind myself of the following verses:

He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet. Ps. 47

10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11 So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth. Ps. 58

13 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies. Ps. 108

22 Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. 23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me. Isa. 49

18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence. 19 So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. Isa. 59

14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee; The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Isa. 60

Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. Isa. 66

20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. Rom. 16

Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Rev. 3

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4 thoughts on “Sticking with God brings this added bonus–victory over enemies

    1. Anonymous,

      I’m not sure what you mean by “bad stuff” but David’s cries to God about his enemies were him seeking justice from the Lord. He was living a righteous life by faith and when he treated people fairly, some of them (like Saul, Nabal, et al.) did not return the kindnesses but unleashed unjustified attacks, so he went to the Lord about them. He wasn’t being vindictive, but wanted vindication.

      Here’s what Jesus said, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” Matt. 5:43-44. Then Paul agreed with Christ’s principle when he quoted Prov. 25:21-22, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head,” Rom. 12:19-20.

      But there are times when we pray a different prayer like David prayed when he wanted God to avenge wrongs unjustly done against him. Paul made this type of statement against Barjesus (Elymas) in Acts 13:9-11 when the sorcerer continually interrupted Paul with arguments against the gospel. Paul also prayed against Hymenaeus and Alexander in 1 Tim. 1:20 that they would be turned over to Satan for their blasphemy. In 2 Tim. 4:14, Paul prayed against Alexander the coppersmith for some great evil he did to Paul. In Rev. 6:9-10 we even see saints in heaven who were murdered for the faith asking God how long it would be before he would avenge their deaths and God encouraged them and didn’t have a problem with what they said.

      It all comes down to the motives behind our asking for God’s judgment against our enemies, considering if they are justified according to God’s standards and not our own selfish, fleshly ones (see James 4:1-3).

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  1. I loved the points you made. You know while visiting Jerusalem, I took a picture of the Eastern Gate; I now have that picture on the wall of my bedroom. It is the first thing I see when I wake and the last I see before going to sleep. Reason? I know that Gate will be split into upon His return, and I will be with Him to reenter the City!

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