Colossians 2:15 (NKJV)
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
What the enemy tramples on
The enemy can make a real mess of things, you know. Just look around you. Right now, as we write, he is trampling all over the whole of humanity and the majority of mankind. A deadly virus has invaded our world, and is wreaking havoc and destruction.
The Bible says that the enemy comes “to steal, to kill and to destroy” (John 10:10 NKJV). And, right now, we have to say that he’s doing a good job! You might not believe that our enemy, the devil, is behind this virus; you might believe that it is man-made, or that it is nature, or a combination of both. Nevertheless, the Bible tells us that there is an enemy – the devil – and he brings everything he can to wreak havoc.
This virus is stealing our way of life; it is stealing our sense of safety, stealing our sense of belonging and of community, stealing the very fabric of society, it seems. We are becoming isolated and lonely; our physical and our mental health is deteriorating, as it is stolen from us.
This virus is killing us – literally. Death rates all over the globe have escalated for months and months, and there is more to come. Sadness and sorrow, bereavement and loss, demise and death has led us to fretfulness and fear.
This virus is destroying our way of life – our economy, or way of living – is being dismantled and destroyed as businesses, large and small, are devastated beyond their ability to recover and restore their trade.
How are things with you? How are you coping? Are you being affected by it all? Whatever your situation, wherever you are, there is redemption.
Redemption means rescue and release, recovery and restoration.
Jesus triumphs over
That’s the promise of Jesus – He triumphs over all.
You see, if you can accept that there is an enemy – the devil – who came to steal, kill and destroy; you must also accept that there is a Saviour – Jesus – who came: “that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” “They” means you and me – everyone – who believes in Jesus.
Whatever troubles we are going through right now, whatever damage, desolation and destruction these troubles have brought to your life, Jesus has it all in hand. The Bible says that your: “struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
So, although we might struggle against a physical virus in this world, that’s not our main struggle. There are other forces at play – spiritual forces, “evil in the heavenly realms.” How do we battle against all that? Well, we can’t – on our own.
It’s at times like these, when everything seems to have changed around us – when we experience a paradigm shift in our perception of the world around us – that we begin to wonder whether there are other forces at play. Our world has changed almost beyond recognition, almost overnight. Gone is our freedom, gone is our economic safety, and gone is the security of our health. Our values have changed – paying millions of pounds to football players and celebrities cannot change our situation – and we rely on those who are poorly paid or recognised for their dedication and their commitment to saving our lives. It’s a paradigm shift in our perception of the world.
And perhaps you need to reconsider the paradigm of faith? Is there a God? Does Jesus live today? And is He your Saviour?
Because when the chips are down, our health is at risk, and we face our fragile fatality; that’s who we turn to in prayer. And that’s how we can triumph over what the enemy tramples on – prayer.
May we pray right now …
Heavenly Father, we face perilous times. As the enemy is trampling all over this land, we Thank You that what the enemy tramples on, You will triumph over. So we ask You today, in your mercy, please triumph over our lives and preserve us – please heal us and please give us peace. In the name of your precious Son, Jesus. Amen.”
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