Hidden Battle, Open Victory!
"When Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not go as he had done each time before [superstitiously] to seek omens and signs [in the natural world], but he set his face toward the wilderness (desert). And Balaam raised his eyes and he saw Israel living in their tents tribe by tribe; and the Spirit of God came on him." -Numbers 24:1-2 (AMP)
Throughout life, there are times that we encounter people who may have ill-will towards us (for no reason at all!), or made up in their mind that they don't like us. It could be something that we have unknowingly done to offend that person, or it may be their own personal dislike of you because of their mindset. Earlier todayI read about Balak and Balaam in Numbers 24 and there were two men that came together for two different purposes. I received a revelation that confirms how much God truly has our back and where our focus should be while he is working things out.
Balak was a king that despised the Israelites (aka: The people of God.). He devised a plan to put a curse on them because he was afraid of how much power they had and how numerous they were. He reached out to Balaam, who was a prophet, and asked him if he would come to his palace and place a curse on the Isrealites so they would become less powerful and he would then defeat them. Balak agreed to come, but said that he would only say the words that God placed in his mouth regarding the Israelites. Once there, he consulted God to give him the words to say, which ended up being blessings. Balak was so upset that he sent Balaam to three separate places in his palace to give a word regarding them. He figured that his connection to God was off and that if he went to a different part of the house to talk to him, he would somehow come up with a curse for them instead of a blessing. However, each time it was the same thing...a blessing!
However, the third time Balak went to consult with God on what to say, he was filled with the Holy Spirit and came back with a powerful blessing for the people of God and a curse for Balaam! As you can read in the above scriptures in this post, it says that Balaam was filled with the Holy Spirit when he set his face to the wilderness, and within the wilderness he saw the people of God in their tribes. To me this reveals two things: Instead of running from what seems to be the problem and/or lack in our lives (aka: the wilderness), we should face it head on with God by our side. Also, there is power in unity and agreement. When the people of God were in unity they were a great army and could not be stopped. Those who tried to curse them were cursed!
The Israelites did not have to hire anyone, fight any wars, or lift a finger to prevent being cursed. They just continued to be the men and women of God that they were and God took care of them behind the scenes. Their unity caused the Holy Spirit to move and their enemies to be cursed.
There is nothing that you are dealing with that God is not able to handle both privately and openly. He knows what your enemies have planned against you and he will always make sure that you are taken care of. All you have to do is continue to keep following him, stand in unity, and let God fight your battle! :)
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