"For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you
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 in trying to bring us down. Our enemies try to erase Jesus, God’s one and only Son. They’ve tried to destroy our freedom to worship. I truly believe that they believe that once Jesus is taken out of the way, they will have won the battle, and they win.
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 long ago, this verse demonstrates how our enemies think.
The enemies of God’s people will not get by with hurting us for long. But in the meantime, they want to cause as much havoc as possible in attempting to do whatever is necessary to steal our hope and stop us from doing His work. Hope is a strong emotion; but when it is lost, depression and discouragement fills that gap. One of the main goals our enemies try to do is convince us that our situation is hopeless. Hopelessness steals our joy. It destroys our emotions and cause people to do things they might never do otherwise. Hopelessness is a thief that tries to steal our salvation.
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 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 tough times, and whenever I hear it or sing it, I always know there is hope. I know He lives, and because of this I know I can face tomorrow. And you can, too.
Jesus does, indeed, make life worth living . . .