The power you need to overcome evil
“And all the powers of darkness
Tremble at what they’ve just heard.
‘Cuz all the powers of darkness
Can’t drown out a single word!” —“He Reigns” by the Newsboys
The king of Aram was at war with Israel. Like any decent leader, he had a group of strategists that planned the movements of his enormous army. It should have been a slam-dunk victory. His only problem was that Israel ALWAYS knew what they were going to do before they did it! The king thought he had a leak in his leadership. When he confronted them, they said it wasn’t them, but the prophet Elisha who was getting the inside scoop from God about their plans. Desperate for a win, the king told his army to capture Elisha.
When Elisha’s servant went out to get water one morning, he saw a horrific sight: a massive army encircling the city ready to attack.
“Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” —2 Kings 6:15-16
When the servant’s eyes were “opened,” he saw that the hills surrounding Elisha were filled with the fiery chariots of God’s army. On a natural level, it looked as if all hope was lost. But on a spiritual level, the battle belonged to the Lord… and a supernatural victory took place that day.
Today, you will face enemies of many kinds. Some are physical, but at least one is spiritual: Satan.
- He is very powerful.
- His demons are very powerful.
- He’s also wicked.
- The Bible says that he is the king or the lord of this dark world, this present darkness.
- He is the great liar, the great accuser.
- And he hates us—passionately hates us.
Like Elisha’s servant, you may be filled with fear today, calling out, “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?”
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. —1 John 4:4
No matter what Satan has to throw at you today, remember that an army of angels battles for you and the Spirit of Christ is in you. God will always be victor because no other force in the universe is greater… and He has them way outnumbered.
God, I’m so glad we’re on the same side. Amen.
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God is great. God is good. It’s sung as a hymn and taught to children as a prayer. But we’re not always sure we believe it! Why? Because of suffering. We see real devastation in our own families and across the world and think, “Either God is not so great, or He’s not so good.”
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