The Power of Intimacy

“…But the people that know their God shall be strong and do exploits.” Daniel 1:32b

In the book of 2 Kings 18 from verse 17, the Bible records that the king of Assyria sent three of his officers, Tarzan, Rabsaris and Rabshakeh from Lachish to king Hezekiah. And when they came, they went and stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which is by the highway of the fuller’s field. These names Tarzan, Rabsaris and Radshakeh are not just names. Tarzan was the commander in-chief of the Assyrian Army, Rabsaris was the administrator and Rabshakeh was the like the cup bearer or somebody who was very close to the king. They were sent to go and preach to King Hezekiah. Even though this was the enemy attacking God’s people, let’s see a principle there.

Verse 19 of the passage reads “And Rabshakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustiest”? Notice here that it was Rabshakeh that was speaking. You would have thought that the person that would speak was the commander in-chief because that’s the normal thing in any battle, but that didn’t happen, the person that spoke was Rabshakeh, the cup bearer who had a personal relationship with the king. Because he was closer to the king, he was the one meant to speak because he knew clearly the mind of the king. Beloved, that tells me you cannot speak to the enemy at the gate if you have no relationship with God. You don’t have the power. You don’t have a firm knowledge of His mind and therefore cannot speak authoritatively for Him neither can you confidently represent Him.

You can only speak when you know the mind of God, when you understand what God is doing at that point in time. Because Rabshakeh knew the weapon at his disposal that’s why he was asking Hezekiah, on what power do you trust? When you have intimate relationship with God, you are not afraid to tell the devil, you are wasting your time, because you now your God. How intimate are you with God? Are you a guest in the house or are you the one that dwells in the secret place of the Most High? Today, I challenge you to cultivate an intimate relationship with God and as you do, you will always find the power and confidence to speak with the enemy at the gate. I declare you a winner in Jesus name.

Further reading: Job 22:21 – 30, Psalm 125:1-5 Daily Bible Reading: Morning: Psalms 57-59 ; Evening Romans 4

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