Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Defeat of a Dreadful Foe (Part 3)

“For there is a greater power with us than with him.” (2 Chronicles 32:7).

These empowering words were spoken centuries ago by a good King named Hezekiah, as he sought to instill faith and hope into the hearts of his frightened people. And his words proved true, for God defeated their dreadful foe.

And as for us, these words are even more true today, for we share in Christ’s triumph over all the power of the enemy. “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

Yes, because of what Christ did for us at the Cross, it is now said of us as it was of Hezekiah, “So the LORD saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all others. He took care of them on every side.” (see 1 Ch.32:20-22). Did you catch that last line? God took care of them on every side. Wow. Isn't that what you want Him to do for you?

Earlier we asked the question, “How does God reward His faithful servant? What does Hezekiah get for all his gallant duty?” The answer is profound – Hezekiah had the high honor of being the one king in all history who defeated the King of Assyria! You see, God set Sennacherib up for destruction by permitting him access into Hezekiah’s life!

And is it possible God does the same in our lives today? Is it possible that He allows the devil access for no other reason but to bring him to ruin and an open shame?

Is it possible that your faithfulness, your devotion, your service are often the occasion for the Lord to draw the devil into a trap? Could it be that we are sometimes used as "devil bait" – the means whereby the Lord lures Satan into battle, and gives us the honor of actually overcoming the wicked one?

Oh how humiliating this must be to Satan, that Christ has placed His victory in the hands of school children who by faith put the devil to fright and flight! What must the hordes of hell think of their dark master now? He who once wielded such power as to shake nations, now buckles when a little girl prays!

My friend, take a new perspective on those unexpected invasions of your life; those times when darkness gathers about you though you have long been faithful and true. Brace yourself not for battle, but for victory.

A celebration is coming, for the Lord has decided to promote you for your service, and to distinguish you with a badge of honor -- by the defeat of a dreadful foe at your hands.

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