Head of the Enemy

The enemy of our soul constantly attacks us, just like the Philistines attacked the Israelites. David had the answer, he took the head of the enemy:

And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand (1 Samuel 17:57).

David knew though that he was just the vessel that God was using to take the head of the enemy:

Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee ( 1 Samuel 17:36-37).

So David went as Saul commanded and told Goliath that he was coming, in the name of the Lord, with God's deliverance, to take his head so that the whole world would know there is a God in Israel:

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel (1 Samuel 17:45-46).

David slew the enemy, and took his head, causing the Philistines to flee.

Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled (1 Samuel 17:51).

Christian Application of taking the Head of the Enemy

The Bible teaches us that just like Christians, demons believe that Jesus is God also, and that the demons tremble in terror of Him:

You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror (James 2:19 NLT).

Jesus teaches us that Christians will do the same or even greater works than He does, if we ask Him to do anything in His name:

 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! (John 14:12-14).

David called on God's name (1 Samuel 17:36-37, 45-46), and literally took the head of the enemy (1 Samuel 17:57). Christians can do the same thing spiritually. We see this happened when the disciples went out two by two as God's laborers (Luke 10:2):

When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name (Luke 10:17 NLT)"!

“Yes,” he told them, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning! Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you (Luke 10:18-19 NLT).

Combining these teachings of our great God and Savior (Titus 2:13), all that we have to do as believers is to ask Him to "Rebuke the enemy of my soul, in the name of Jesus Christ", and He will spiritually take our enemy's head. Hallelujah!

If you are doubting this at all, just look at what happened to the demons living in Legion until the Lord rebuked them. They entered about two thousand pigs and all of them drowned (Mark 5:11-13). When the Lord rebukes demons, He doesn't mess around.

After He takes the head of our enemy, we need to remember to rejoice, not because He did that for us, but as true believers our names are registered in heaven:

But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven (Luke 10:20 NLT).

David rejoiced after the Lord took the head of Goliath. David wrote Psalm 9:1-20) about this great victory. He knew his name was written in heaven. 


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