In the Presence of Our Enemy

Something about Dave Kubal’s article regarding his eye-witness account of the protests in Washington, DC following the final night of the RNC drew me even before I read the first word.

I quickly completed answering emails, pushed some other work to the side and began to read. Almost immediately, the Lord began to speak to me as I read these riveting words.

I am 6’2”, 230 pounds, and an avid cross fitter. I am not easily intimidated. For the first time in my life, in America, I feared for my physical safety. And where? One block from the White House in our Nation’s Capital.

I sensed a palpable, supernatural, unified spirit of anger. Ephesians 2:2 describes “. . . the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience . . . ” It is one thing to experience the riots and protests from a safe distance on the internet or television. It is another to walk in the midst of what is clearly a spiritual battle.

Fear, as we all know, has invaded our nation. Everywhere we look these days we face fear in one form or another.

People, like Dave, who are not easily intimated, find themselves in situations where they must stand against this evil spirit of fear that has been unleashed.

Yet, God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.

Fear is not from God, we must resist it and refuse to give it place in our life.

Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7).

Freedom from fear is not the only promise God has given us for times like these.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways (Psalm 91:9-11).

These are great promises, but the one that gripped my heart as I read Dave’s article is found in Psalm 23:5.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

I have always found this scripture intriguing. The last place I would want to sit down and enjoy a meal is in the midst of my enemy. Yet, God says that is the very place He is setting the table for us. Not only setting a table, but causing us to abound to the point our cup runs over.

Perusing this article, I felt this scripture was beginning to play out before our eyes.

There are three things God showed me from Dave’s experience.

1. In this season, even the most confident Christian may find themselves standing against fear. And stand we must.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor 10:4-5).

One thing I have learned in life is this; fear doesn’t always immediately go away, sometimes you have to do it afraid, knowing God is with you.

2. Many intercessors will find themselves walking in the very midst of the chaos and darkness.

There was a little song we used to sing when I was in elementary school. It went something like this… “going on a bear hunt, all right, lets go…can’t go under it, can’t go around it, gotta go through it.”

I believe we are going to find ourselves in situations we can’t walk around or avoid, but must walk through. We may only walk through it spiritually, but walk through it we will.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me (Ps 23:4).

3. We will walk through the darkness without harm.

I recently heard a minister say God told him, “not one thing you care about will be harmed.” He went on to say that word was for all of us who would grab hold of it and believe it. I am one of those, I pray this over my family each day.

It’s not the first time we see this supernatural protection with God. Daniel went into the lion’s den and came out without harm. Shadrach, Meshach, Abed Nego went into the fiery furnace and came out, without the smell of smoke. And remember Lot. He wasn’t even the one in covenant with God, however, because Abraham, his uncle was, God delivered Him. His faithfulness is unending.

I am more convinced than ever that God is preparing a table for His children in the very presence of the enemy. A table of provision, healing, peace, the fullness that was purchased at the cross through the blood of Jesus. It is the King’s table. Will we be bold enough to sit at this table in the center of our enemy to eat of all the Lord has prepared for us?

I believe we will! I also believe Dave Kubal’s experience was a prophetic act. I believe it is God showing us where we will tread. Where we MUST tread—in the very midst of our enemies As the leader of IFApray.org, Dave has walked through that place of fear and intimidation, in the very midst of an enemy who desired to harm him. He gave that enemy no place. He continued to press forward. As will we.

(Originally published at IFApray.org)

Meditate on this:
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with torment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

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