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Acknowledge God's Nature, Promises and Acts - Part 5: The Victorious God.

Rev. Charles Oppong-Poku | December 20, 2023 | Nehemiah 9:22-25



 “You gave them kingdoms and nations, allotting to them even the remotest frontiers. They took over the country of Sihon king of Heshbon and the country of Og king of Bashan. Nehemiah 9:22 (NIV)



The victory of God for the people of Israel was reflected in delivering them from Egypt and leading them through the wilderness. Throughout biblical history, God's victorious acts are rooted in His steadfast love for His people. As Nehemiah and his people read on in the Word, they realised the victories God gave to them. God told them to possess the land—and that's exactly what they did (16, 24-25). Empowered by God, they conquered and claimed kingdoms and peoples. (22). And after they defeated foreign kings like Sihon and Og, they multiplied in the land (23).  Their interaction with the word reawakened their awareness of God's power and victorious deeds. And, as you interact with Scripture, it will also help you understand His power toward you. You will begin to uncover how God can effectively operate within you to fulfil His purposes in your life.


God demonstrates His victorious acts in various areas of the lives of His people, showcasing His power, love, and faithfulness. God intervenes to deliver His people from various forms of oppression, whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual bondage. He acts victoriously by providing protection and safety during times of danger, shielding His people from harm and threats. Throughout biblical history, God has granted victory over enemies in battles, emphasising His role as a mighty warrior who fights for His people. God demonstrates victory through physical and emotional healing, restoring health and wholeness to those who call upon Him in faith. God's ultimate victory is seen in the redemption from sin through the sacrificial work of Jesus Christ. This victory over sin and death brings salvation and eternal life to those who believe. God brings victory by lifting His people out of despair, offering hope and comfort even during challenging circumstances.



Take a moment to reflect on instances in your life where God has been faithful in delivering, providing grace, and granting victories. God’s victorious acts begin in salvation in which God saves the soul of a person and gives them victory over sin and Satan.



Dear God, I thank you for your victorious acts throughout biblical history and in my life. Grant me the grace to trust in your power and celebrate your victories, giving glory to you for your mighty works in my life. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen





The phrase "kingdoms and nations" in Nehemiah 9:22 is translated from the Hebrew words "מַמְלָכוֹת וּֽלְאֻמִּים" (mam'lakhot ule'umim). Here, "מַמְלָכוֹת" (mam'lakhot) refers to kingdoms, and "וּֽלְאֻמִּים" (u'le'umim) refers to nations.

Biblical Usage:

In the context of Nehemiah 9:22, the phrase is part of a prayer recounting God's providence and mercy toward the Israelites during their journey in the wilderness.

Examples of God's Dealings with Kingdoms and Nations:

  1. Egypt (Exodus 7-12): God demonstrated His power over the kingdom of Egypt through the ten plagues, leading to the liberation of the Israelites.

  2. The Conquest of Canaan (Joshua): God worked through Joshua to establish the Israelites in the promised land by defeating various kingdoms.

  3. Assyria and Babylon (2 Kings, Isaiah): God's dealings with these powerful nations, both in judgment and mercy, are recorded in the historical and prophetic books.

The phrase "kingdoms and nations" reminds us of God's overarching sovereignty over the affairs of the world. It prompts us to recognize His hand in the rise and fall of nations and to trust His ultimate plan.

Reflections As we contemplate the historical and biblical instances, we are encouraged to approach the complexities of our world with a perspective grounded in faith. Reflecting on God's interactions with "kingdoms and nations," consider how God's sovereignty is evident in both judgment and mercy. How does understanding His dealings with nations impact your view of His providence in the world today? How can we, as individuals, contribute to God's redemptive work in a world filled with various kingdoms and nations?

May this reflection deepen our trust in God's providential care and inspire a commitment to seek His guidance in navigating the challenges and opportunities presented by the diverse tapestry of kingdoms and nations.




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