OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL
TUESDAY – 11/03/2014
VICTORY OVER ENEMIES I
BY PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
The first thing that strikes you in Psalm 91:1 is that there is someone called “The Most High”. He is called “The Most High” because He is higher than the highest (Ecclesiastes 5:8b). The Name of that Person called “The Most High” is Jesus. It is written concerning Him in Philippians 2:9 that:
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:”
There is a story about four boys who were discussing their fathers. Each boasted about his own. The first said his father was the greatest because his father was the Head of State. The second boy said his father was greater because his father was the physician of the Head of State. His father could order the president to stay in bed for one week and the president would obey him. The third boy then said his father was higher than the fathers of the other two because his father was the medicine man of their fathers. He could kill the two fathers if he wished. The fourth boy, who was the son of a messenger, said his father was the greatest of all four fathers because, not only could his father kill all their fathers, he could also raise the dead. They were amazed, but he told them he was not talking about his physical father but the One above, whose name is Jesus.
In our reading today, we can see factors that guarantee us victory over our enemies. One factor is that “The Most High” has a secret place where He hides his own in the time of trouble. The secret place of the Most High is not a building. It is a Name, His Name. Proverbs 18:10 says:
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”
The Name of Jesus is our secret place of safety because the Father has ordained that at the Name of Jesus, every knee should bow (Philippians 2:10). We also discover from today’s Bible reading that there is someone who is called “The Almighty”. He is so called because He is very strong; He can even do the impossible (Luke 1:37). The reason He can do the impossible is because power, real power, belongs to Him (Psalm 62:11). The question then is, “how do I get under the shadow of this Almighty God?” It is simple; all you need to do is to make sure you are born-again. In other words, you must be born of God through the appropriation of the work of atonement by Jesus Christ when you confess and renounce your sinful ways. The Bible says that only those who are born of God and live by faith in Him are victors (1 John 5:4-5). Victory is yours in Jesus’ Name.
Father, keep me from evil and let your mighty hand uphold me that I may not fall away from your grace and mercy.
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