Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me. As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me. Psalm 18:43-44;
One of the mysterious ways God works is that He can silence the enemies of His children without them having to fight any battle or lift a finger! Sometimes, taking up arms and weapons may not necessarily be the way to overcome an enemy, and this is the reason why every believer must be sensitive to discern the way God has chosen to deal with a particular enemy at any point in time. For instance God may choose not to destroy the enemies but keep them alive around His children, and yet make life enjoyable for His children. This exactly was what God did when David proclaimed in Psalm 23, ‘Thou hast prepared a table before me in the midst of my enemies, and hast anointed my head with fresh oil, my cup runneth over…’ God did not eliminate David’s enemies, but kept them alive, certainly for a definite purpose, but the most interesting thing is that the enemies became toothless dogs under God’s divine force at work in the life of His servant.
To enjoy your life as a believer, it is important you learn the secrets of winning wars without fighting a battle. If you understand how to win battles without fighting, your enemies will on their own drop their deadly weapons and ammunitions to become your friends and helpers. The first secret of subduing your enemies without lifting a finger is to make the Almighty God your ally. Proverbs 16:7 says ‘When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him’. If God is pleased with you, He Himself will take over your battles and get your enemies to submit themselves to you. Many people are not making progress in life because they have been expending all the resources and energy they require to move forward, on fighting their enemies. If you spend all your life struggling and fighting battles, when exactly are you going to make progress and enjoy heaven on earth as promised by the Lord? Yes, I agree life is a battlefield, but we as God’s children can enjoy the abundant life Christ has brought, which includes absolute victory, if we stand in righteousness and dwell in the perfect will of God. It is only when our lives are pleasing to God that He can be on our side.
Another major secret of winning without fighting is to operate in the realm of divine wisdom. Ecclesiastes 9:18A says ‘Wisdom is better than weapons of war…’ One notable thing about the reign of King Solomon was that, for complete forty (40) years of his reign, there was no single war in Israel and Judah! In the days of Solomon, the entire Israeli Army was practically jobless, and the armory was permanently under lock and keys because there was no single war to fight! The secret? By divine wisdom, King Solomon was able to subdue all nations which were arch enemies of Israel during David, his father’s reign. The Philistines, Syrians, Assyrians, Egyptians and all the neighbouring nations, which hitherto were avowed enemies of Israel, in actual fact, brought gifts and paid tributes to King Solomon for complete forty years! None of these enemy-nations dared to lift a finger against anyone in Israel all because King Solomon was operating under the unction of God’s wisdom. It’s clear that wisdom, and not weapons, is what we need to win the battles of our lives without fighting, but this divine wisdom cannot come if we lack the fear of God and refuse to submit to Him totally. Psalm 111:10 says ‘The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments,…’. Those who think they can use God to deal with their enemies while they themselves do not submit to His lordship are only deceiving themselves!
It must be emphasized that what makes the enemies to submit themselves to a man without him carrying weapons or fighting, is the presence of God! Your greatest asset as a believer is God’s presence; this explains the reason you should never involve yourself in anything that will strip you of God’s presence. It must be mentioned that what keeps the devil and his cohorts under subjection, is not your own power or might, it is the presence of God in your life. Romans 8:31 says ‘What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?’ With God’s awesome presence in a man’s life, the entire host of darkness cannot prevail against him! From the words of Christ according to Revelation 2:13, the Church in Pergamos was said to be located in a place where ‘satan’s seat is’, where ‘satan dwelleth’, yet the Church was waxing stronger day by day! ‘I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith…’ It’s clear that the greatest problem of God’s children is not the presence of the devil, it’s the absence of God! Is God with you?
Finally, it is important to state that living a life of constant praise and thanksgiving to God has a critical role to play in winning life battles without fighting. Unfortunately, majority of believers have not discovered this secret. Most believers would rather complain, grieve, grumble and murmur about their situations rather than giving thanks to God. The supernatural power of praise is brought to the fore in your situation because praise prepares the way for God! It is possible for you to live in absolute peace even in the midst of chaos if you learn to win battles against your enemies without fighting. But remember, you can never win any battle against the devil when you are on the same side with him, come to the side of the LORD today.