Rev. 12:9 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
This devil, our enemy, is always trying to dishearten, bring fear, discouragement, sickness, death, and destruction upon men. If we are washed in the blood of Jesus, we have weapons at our disposal with which to do battle. We have the promise of God’s everlasting love and protection, but we must learn to walk in it and trust in His Word. We must not look at the enemy or listen to his threatenings, for he will surely destroy our faith and steal our peace. Instead of rising in the power afforded us by the cross and the resurrection of Jesus, we will cower in fear, give in to despair and accept defeat. Is this the will of God for his children ? Absolutely not! The price paid for our victory was costly, but totally complete.
King Jehoshaphat was doing the right things and living a life of integrity when WHAM! He was blindsided by the enemy who brought war into his peaceful kingdom. Your enemy, like his, has nerve! He is formidable, but take a lesson from the king who turned his attention to seek the Lord. He did not waste time worrying or blaming God. Jehoshaphat resolved that his eyes would stay riveted on his God regardless of what enemy was headed toward his boundaries.
Such a clear picture of this was presented in Tolkien’s “The Hobbit- Battle of the Five Armies.” A great dragon was breathing fire and destruction upon the village; fire, death and destruction were being rained down upon all. As all the villagers ran in fear, one father and his son stood to battle the dragon. The dragon rose to intimidate, and with a frightening countenance and great boldness told them how they were alone, that there was no help and that their defeat was certain. That seemed an accurate and realistic accounting of the circumstance. The son turned to look at the great dragon, the father spoke, “Look at me, son.” When the son turned his attention back to his father, the father fired the arrow and the dragon was slain.
In our frightening and devastating situations, the devil does the same thing to us. You are alone, there is no help, you will certainly die. But just as in the movie, our Father is saying, “Look at me, son.” And just like in the movie, the dragon is defeated and our victory and deliverance has been won. Victory is ours!
If you want to win the battle and live in peace and joy, you will keep your eyes on the Lord. You will not waste time worrying or being anxious. You will resist the temptation to speak only of the battle – cancer, finances, mother-in-law or spouse, the rebellious child. You will speak of the Lord your God and His deliverance. Find a verse to stand on and stand on it. Speak it, rejoice in it, praise Him for your victory. The devil is defeated and you are victorious. Shout unto God with a voice of triumph. Praise Him upon your bed, on the streets, in the sanctuary. Praise Him! The devil is defeated!!!!