I hate the devil. I hate him vehemently. I'm pretty sure it's okay for me to admit that, because I'm pretty sure God feels the same way. The enemy of our souls doesn't play fair. satan, (I refuse to give him the honor of capitalizing his name), and his demonic minions truly do come to steal, kill and destroy, and he'll use any means he can to do so.
I urge you to stop and take the time to read the entirety of 2 Chronicles 20. The condensed version is this. When Israel escaped bondage in Egypt, God told them not to attack the people of Moab because their land was not part of what the children of Israel were to inherit.(Deuteronomy 2:9) Years and years later when Jehoshaphat was king of Judah, Moab and Ammon and the people of Mt. Sier united together to attack Judah. Their purpose was to drive God's people out of what God had given them to inherit. (vs. 11)
satan seems to use the same old tricks over and over. his goal is to keep you from the purpose, promises and destiny God has for your life. Oh, and he just loves to pour salt in the wound by finding someone you were good to at one time to do his dirty work. he knows that it hurts a lot more to be attacked by someone you've got an emotional investment in, than someone you don't know.
King Jehoshaphat seeks God for direction about what to do. The Lord tells him, "Do not be afraid or dismayed...for the battle is not yours, but God's." (vs. 15) In verse 17 God instructs the king that they are not to fight in this battle, but to take their position, stand still, and see the deliverance of the Lord. (vs. 17) Then Jehoshaphat does an interesting thing, but one that is quite appropriate when you realize that the meaning of the name Judah, the land he ruled, is praise. Jehoshaphat appointed singers to sing to the Lord and to praise Him, "in their holy garments". (vs. 21) When they began to sing, "Give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and lovingkindness endure forever!", the Lord set up ambushments against the enemy and the enemy was self-slaughtered! (vs. 22) The enemy literally destroyed themselves, killing one another!
satan would love nothing better than to rob you of all God has promised you. he will use any means and anyone he can to do so. When you find yourself under attack, it's all too easy to be dismayed and afraid. In fact, that's probably a perfectly natural response. However you need to remember that you have some supernatural weapons at your disposal and a mighty God on your side.
(Please join me for the rest of this post at Woman to Woman Ministries, on Sunday, February 7th, for some Sunday Soul Food.)
Also happily linking up with the lovely Lisha Epperson