“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
It’s a little unnerving to know you have an enemy and even more so when you can’t tangibly see him. It’s also disquieting to know this enemy is set on ultimately destroying us and/or our relationship with God. Until we remember what Jesus did…He conquered death! And when He did that, He also defeated the enemy that tries to bring us down. Which means, there is NOTHING the enemy can do to those who have chosen to follow Him.
There’s a lot I don’t understand about the spiritual realm, but I know enough to know it is real! I’m thankful that as hard as my enemy may try to bring me down–and some battles he does win–ultimately, my victory is certain when I put my hope and trust in Jesus Christ alone!
In the book of Exodus, when the Egyptians we chasing hard after the Israelites, Moses tried calming the people by telling them, “Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today…The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still!” (Ex 14:13-14) Forty years later, as Joshua was preparing to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, God would essentially give Joshua a pep talk…He was wanting to remind Joshua that He has already gone ahead of him and the people and would give them victory over every nation currently in the Promised Land as long as they followed and obeyed Him. Three times he tells Joshua to “Be strong and courageous” (Joshua 1:2-9)…God knew His people and how much reassurance they would need, just like He knows you and me…and the message is still the same–Stand firm, Be strong and Courageous, Be still.
Sounds counter-intuitive doesn’t it? When our enemy’s entire goal is to try to bring us down, having courage, being still, or standing firm aren’t usually at the top of our to-do list! But I also think it’s a powerful reminder…a reminder that no matter what we may currently be facing–sickness, a prodigal child, lack of finances, relationship challenges–God knows what they are and wants us to trust Him…why? Because He knows what we don’t…the final outcome! And the safest place to be is on our knees in prayer, BEHIND God and His Word, where the enemy can’t reach us!
I’m sure I’m not the only one who sees fit to help God out every once in a while…you know, He IS busy watching over the entire world, right? But you know what? Every time I do that…every time I try to take matters into my own hands, help God out…I end up making things worse, making it take longer to resolve than it should, or becoming angry with God when I was the one who tried to go it alone!
Jesus said that he came to give us LIFE–a rich and satisfying life! (John 10:10 NLT) So if that’s true (He said it, so I believe it) than I’m missing out on all the GOOD this life has to offer when I remain focused on an enemy I can’t even see, fighting battles I will never win. But, I’m learning…my BEST defense against the one who seeks to “steal, kill and destroy” is to simply say, “Okay God…it’s go time!” And let Him fight for me!
What about you? Are you trying to fight a battle you weren’t meant to fight alone? Is there something you are currently dealing with that you need to surrender and then Be Still…let God take over? Know you are not alone in this, sweet friend! Let’s agree, right now, to drop our daggers we’ve been using to lunge at anything that resembles our enemy and instead pick up our sword–God’s Word–and fight using His words, in prayer! Then we need to go out and ENJOY this awesome life He has blessed us with today. Are you ready? 1-2-3…GO!
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