“For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you” –Deuteronomy 20:4
Our enemies are all around us; sometimes noticed, and sometimes unnoticed. Those we can see have faces. Those we can’t see lurk and hide in dark places. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).
These unseen forces wait for us to stumble, hoping that we take our eyes off Jesus. Some have no faces, but they do have names: Discouragement. Self-pity. Resentment. Hate. Jealousy. Envy. Depression. Finger-pointing.
Many know these types of enemies because they can become relentless toward bringing us down. Our enemies try to rid the marketplace of Jesus, God’s one and only Son. They’ve tried to destroy our freedom of religion. Our enemies believe that once Jesus is taken out of the way, they will have won the battle, and they will believe they will be in control at last.
Evidently, they are not privy to Isaiah 59:19, “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him?”
How awesome is this!
Our Enemies’ Goal.
Nehemiah’s enemies tried to prevent the wall around Jerusalem from being rebuilt. They said, “They will not know or see until we come among them, kill them and put a stop to their work” (Neh. 4:11 NASB). Although written a long time ago, this verse demonstrates how our enemies think.
Enemies of God’s people will cause as much havoc as they can, attempting to do whatever is necessary to steal our hope and stop us from doing His work. They want us to believe that they have won the battle before it’s even over in order to discourage us. Hope is a strong emotion; but when it has been lost, depression and discouragement fills the gap. One of the main goals of our enemies is to convince us that our situation is hopeless.
Hopelessness steals life from our hearts. It can destroy our emotions and cause people to do things they might never do otherwise. Hopelessness is a thief and tries to steal your soul.
But, there is always hope no matter how far off it seems.
Nothing or no one has the power to steal or destroy our hope unless we allow it. This is because Jesus lives and He gives us the strength to overcome! The song Because He Lives (one of my all-time favortie hymns) by Bill and Gloria Gaither is a song I hold close in my heart. It’s a song that has gotten me through some rough times, and whenever I hear it or sing it, I always know there is hope. It’s the song I still find myself singing now and then and fills me with joyful emotion. I know He lives, and I know I can face tomorrow. And you can, too.
Jesus does, indeed, make life worth living . . .
The Truth of the Matter . . . to be continued