As I began to praise God for the “great” He has done and is doing in my life, He brought me back to “ And blessed be God Most High,Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” God has delivered my enemies into my hand, PAST TENSE. Take a moment to visualize that for a moment. What are the enemies in your life; fear, sickness, depression, anxiety, financial lack, etc?
My enemies God defeated through Jesus Christ and delivered them into my hand, or in other words, under my authority. The Old Testament is full of stories of battles and the enemy being delivered to the conquering king. They were either killed, or put to shame and displayed for all to see that the enemy had been conquered and was under their authority now. My enemies have been delivered into my hand, but what have I done with them? I was reminded of the old TV show, Hogan’s Heroes.
The American Colonel Hogan with other Americans had been captured by the German army and put in prison in this popular television comedy. The bumbling Germans gave Hogan and his crew plenty of opportunities to sabotage their war efforts. The German Colonel Klink was more concerned with having everything run smoothly and avoiding any trouble with his superiors (especially anything that might result in his being reassigned and sent to the front) than with being tough on Hogan and his fellow prisoners. In one episode, Hogan convinced Colonel Klink and the Gestapo that the war is over so that they would release some prisoners.
1: to require by authority to leave a country or place 2: to drive out or remove from a home or place of usual resort or continuance 3: to clear away : DISPEL example-his discovery banishes anxiety
Thoughts to ponder: Are you allowing the enemy to interrupt, deceive or sabotage God’s plans for your life?
Prayer: Father God, God of the Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth, I thank you and praise you that you have delivered my enemies into my hand. Forgive me for allowing the enemy to still have freedom and influence in my life. I take my place of authority over the enemy and banish him from my life. I declare that the BLESSING of God in my life banishes ______________________(fill in the blank with the name of the enemy that has been attacking your life). Amen
I encourage you to listen to the song: Greater by Tasha Cobbs
Better days ahead, I’m living in the promise of God/ A new day is here And I have a fresh expectation [repeat 2x]. Got a new perspective Loud and clear. I’m not moved by what I see, Only what I hear and I hear greater…
Wow, this word has been exploding in me today. It started as I heard the phrase, “Expect the great.” As I was meditating on that, I began to think about what I expect the great in. I expect the great blessing that was on Abraham to be on me.
It is important to see this powerful description of who is blessing Abram. The blessing can only be as great as the one giving it is. The description of God who is giving the blessing is God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth! That means He has all the possessions in heaven and earth to give and authority to do it. That is a powerful picture, and notice this description is repeated twice by Melchizedek and then repeated by Abram. Abram got it and declared who God is. That is a crucial step for us to know who God is and declare it out loud into the atmosphere, and especially to our enemy’s ears.
Notice also that God describes Himself as “One who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” Stick with me! There is a revelation coming that is going get you shouting and jumping up and down.
In the very next chapter we read, “After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” I tell you today God is saying the same thing to you. Put your name in this Scripture, “Do not be afraid, ______(your name). I am your shield,your exceedingly great reward.” Does that shout “greater” to you? It does me! But hold on, there is more.
In Genesis 12:2 it describes more of the blessing that is on Abram. Look for the word “great” as you read this verse. “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.” Much later in Abraham’s life, his servant describes Abraham as “The Lord has blessed my master greatly, and he has become great…” Are you seeing the picture of great in Abraham’s life?
Thoughts to Ponder: Are we seeing “great” in our life? Are we allowing our Heavenly Father to flow the “greater works” through us, like He did Jesus?
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father I pray our eyes of understanding are opened to the greater You want to do in our lives and through our lives. I pray John 14:12 over all who are reading this and believes in Jesus that all the works Jesus did they will do also and GREATER WORKS will be done through their lives.Open our eyes to what those “greater works” are and remove our small thinking. I lose vision over you today, vision that you see yourself operating in “the greater works”, in the Mighty Name of Jesus, Amen