(2 Samuel 22: 17-20) 17 “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. 18 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. 19 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. 20 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.”
When I think of enemies, I do not think of human beings. I guess to me, people are just people. Yes, there are dangerous people. Yes, there are groups of people who wish to do harm to others. However, deep in my heart I understand that the only true enemy is the one who seeks to destroy souls. Satan. It’s okay. You can say his name. He’s just not that scary…he has, after all, been defeated. Sure, he’s the enemy of our souls…but because of God’s word we have knowledge, and because of His word become flesh (JESUS) we have victory.
Just like with hope, we have to claim our victory. Our thoughts and words are powerful, and when we use wisdom to control them, we are always a step ahead of the enemy.
Words satisfy the mind as much as fruit does the stomach; good talk is as gratifying as a good harvest. Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose. (Proverbs 18: 20-21, The Message)
“You choose.” That’s the love of God…freedom of choice…spacious places away from the deep waters…God delighting in us in the midst of our worst disasters. So our words, they have to echo the love of God that is manifest in our lives. Our words have to declare TESTIMONY. That means we no longer keep it to ourselves. We have share our rescue stories. Imagine if you lived through a major tornado or hurricane, only to find yourself injured and buried beneath a pile of debris…but someone comes along, just when you have lost your voice and your last drop of hope, and piece by piece they remove the broken hunks of wood and shards of glass until at last you are gently pulled from the ruins. Isn’t that a story you would share for the rest of your life? Well, we have to quit thinking in physical terms! You have a story to tell! The testimony of Christ our Lord is exciting, and sharing it with others is how we overcome: “They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…” (Revelation 12:11). You see, our words work together with the blood of Christ to overcome Satan. That is power, friends…power entrusted to us by the One who delights in us. Our enemy is powerful, of that there is no doubt, but the same power that conquered death and hell is what dwells within each of us. Even if you were the only one, you would still triumph. Thankfully though, we are not alone, and together, sharing our testimonies, operating in love and compassion, praying for one another, using the wisdom and truth of God’s word to guide us, we win.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for my testimony. Thank you that I have a story to tell that can encourage others and spread hope. Thank you that, through my difficulties and pain, You are made larger and your active love in my life is made evident to others. Let my words be a source of everlasting life, and as You have delighted in me…I will delight in You. Amen.