People Might Choose Not to Believe But Every Spiritual Foe Knows the Truth!
Wednesday February 7, 2024
Scripture: 1 Samuel 5: When the ark of the Lord had been in Philistine territory seven months, 2 the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? Tell us how we should send it back to its place.” 3 They answered, “If you return the ark of the god of Israel, do not send it back to him without a gift; by all means send a guilt offering to him. Then you will be healed, and you will know why his hand has not been lifted from you.” 4 The Philistines asked, “What guilt offering should we send to him?” They replied, “Five gold tumors and five gold rats, according to the number of the Philistine rulers, because the same plague has struck both you and your rulers. 5 Make models of the tumors and of the rats that are destroying the country, and give glory to Israel’s god. Perhaps he will lift his hand from you and your gods and your land. 6 Why do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh did? When Israel’s god dealt harshly with them, did they not send the Israelites out so they could go on their way?
Meditation: There are those who acknowledge the power of God and may even do things to pay homage to the Lord, yet their hearts remain hardened against the Lord and refuse to go the whole way and simply put their faith in the Lord.
– The Philistines had won a battle against “the people of God”, however they soon discovered that the God of Israel was not to be trifled with. God afflicted the Philistines with terrible plagues while they harbored the sacred ark of the Covenant like some trophy they believed their fake gods had given them the victory over.
– No one and nothing can overcome the power of God! Satan believed he had won when he led Adam and Eve to sin against the Lord in the Garden and subsequently subjected God’s perfect Creation to sin and degradation. He was wrong! Again, the enemy thought he had won when he led the whole world in sin and rebellion against the Lord in the days of Noah bringing the wrath of God upon all Creation in the form of the great flood; he was wrong! Satan believed he had dealt the final blow against the Lord when he prompted sinful leaders and rulers to crucify the Son of God. He was so wrong! Three days the enemy celebrated as the lifeless body of Christ lay in the tomb … but on the Third day Christ arose triumphant over death, hell and the grave, causing every spiritual foe to quake with fear! The cross was no defeat! The cross was God’s solution to humanity’s captivity to sin! Satan did not win at the cross, Satan was defeated at the cross!
– The victory is won through the Son of God! How is it then that so many still choose not to believe?! Christ has disarmed the rulers, authorities and powers of this present darkness, yet people remain imprisoned by them! You Christian are victorious through your faith in the power of the Cross and the undeniable Resurrection of Jesus Christ! Every spiritual foe knows it so do not ever be afraid to speak of your salvation and our deliverance! Tell everyone!