Saturday, July 22, 2017
God is a Warrior
John F. Craghan, author of Psalms for All Seasons says, "fidelity to God means deliverance from any and all forms of distress. Notice Craghan says, this benefit belongs to those who are in a state of "fidelity." To be a person of fidelity, means to be faithful and loyal in character.
While many are fainting with fear God has instructed Christians not to be fearful or dismayed. The faithful Christian may proclaim as David did in Psalm 18:6. "In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears."
The text goes on to say that, after God heard David's prayers He got in a Cherub, bowed the heavens and came to earth to rescue him. He fought His way through the heavens shooting lightning bolts, dropping hailstones and hot coals of fire upon David's enemies! David's human enemies did not see of feel the hail or great balls of hot coals fall upon them but his spiritual enemies saw and felt them. Remember scripture says, we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and power, against rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).
Sometimes we forget our human foes are mere instruments of our spiritual foes. Satan enticed Judas to betray Christ.
Even when we are down on ourselves (Mark 5:5), like being depressed, withdrawing from others, having suicidal thoughts and cutting/ wounding ourselves; Satan is behind it. However, when we humble ourselves and pray about our situation God intervenes and the enemy shakes in fear. When we are faithful to God and resist the devil he will flee.
Yes, when we pray God responds. Can you picture evil spirits fleeing as they are being shot with arrows, lightning bolts and hot coals of fire?
The Treasury of David reminds us that our enemy "the prince of the power of the air is soon dislodged when the cherubic chariot is driven through his dominions; therefore let not the legions of hell cause us dismay. He who is with us is greater than all they that be against us."
God can deliver you from any form of distress or trouble. Take time to present your troubles to Him for it is He who fights for you!
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