Have you ever watched tennis or boxing or wrestling tournaments? What does the referee do to the winner? The referee lifts up the hands of the winner as a sign of victory and a show to the world watching that the one whose hand is being lifted up is the victor. Take for example another scenario when Manchester United won the European, League cup, and community shield, the tournament organisers presented the winning team with medals and the captain lifts the trophy high up in the air, and there is celebration and jubilation for all associated with the club, fans and owners alike. The presentation of the trophy is a memorable occasion to everyone associated with the club.
Brothers and sisters, this is no different in our Christian walk and faith. Listen to this beautiful verse of scripture, “Your hand will be lifted up in triumph over your enemies, and all your foes will be destroyed.” Read Micah 5:9 (NIV). Let us dig deep into this, are you aware that people are not necessarily your enemies? The Bible tells us who the enemy is, and that enemy has “Come to steal, and to kill and to destroy.” Read John 10:10 (NIV). In other words, anything that expresses itself in these three categories is an enemy. Think with me for a minute, sickness is an enemy, a lack of joy is an enemy, poverty and lack are enemies, unfruitfulness is an enemy, sorrow is an enemy, a lack of fulfilled desire is an enemy, bareness is an enemy, spending too much time in front of a computer is an enemy and not having much more than enough is an enemy and the list goes on.
The Bible also helps us understand who the enemy really is, it is not your brother or sister in the Lord, neither is it that man or woman in your office who might be upsetting you or giving you so much work to do; instead the real enemy is the devil. The devil walks through people who open up themselves to be used as the tormentor. The Bible tells us, the best way to fight the devil is “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil…” “Stand firm therefore…” Read Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV). Watch this, the one who stands firm till the end is the one whose hand is lifted up in triumph over its enemies. Standing does not mean you won’t fall or rock sometimes, but the victory is in getting back up again and allowing Gods word to stabilize you, knowing that the host of heaven are urging you on; so, wherever you think you might be in your walk with God, get back up again, pick up that word of prophecy, that Rhema word of encouragement and get back in the race of life; because this is one trophy you and I must endeavour to have our names etched into. Hallelujah. And by the way, I am aware that we have been engraved in the palm of His hands.
The devil is your greatest enemy, he is not your friend, and you have no time to play around with him; you must be decisive in your dealings with him, you have the sword of the spirit; the word of God as your offensive weapon to slice through his plans and expose it for what it really is; devlish. Whenever the Bible talks about the hand of God, it symbolically means, God’s ability and power. This is really cool, because God’s hand is the one actually lifting our hands in victory over our enemies. The Bible says, “I can of our own self, do nothing…” So, the victory is already won in Christ, and what we must do is to mirror the image of Jesus triumphing over Satan in hell and setting captives free.
Watch this beloved, our victory has already been secured, and it came about when Jesus Christ hung on the cross at Calvary, when He died, was buried, and rose again on the third day; this my friend is the “victory which overcame the world.” Hence the Bible says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” Read 1 John 3:8 (KJV). This is an amazing piece of scripture for us to digest, absolutely brilliant.
“Your hand will be lifted up in triumph over your enemies…” Beloved, this is a more sure word of prophecy, and it has captured my soul. Hallelujah! Glory to God!!
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