Yolanda and I were on a walk the other day and we were talking about the success of God and the consistent failure of the devil. When we see things like the COVID19 virus happening around our world we can lose perspective on just how bad the track record of the devil really is when it comes to his interaction with man through the years. There are so many examples in the Bible that there should be a section somewhere dedicated in every Bible called “demonic failures through the years” just to keep the struggles of life in perspective.
Take the story of Joseph in the Bible. He was a young man with brothers who were jealous of the visions God would give him and essentially the favor that was on him from God from the beginning of his life. The devil inspired his brothers to sell him into slavery to get rid of him and to ruin his life. Ends up, that Joseph becomes the second most powerful man in Egypt behind Pharaoh and his most trusted advisor. Saving a country from famine with God’s direction and eventually having his brothers come before Joseph and expect to be punished for what they had done but seeing the mercy of God operate through Joseph.
Or take Shadrach Meshach and Abednego in the book of Daniel not submitting to King Nebuchadnezzar’s order to bow down to a false God. The devil inspiring the King to throw the three in a furnace and being so mad that he had the furnace heated SEVEN TIMES hotter than normal that they would be thrown into. The Bible says that some of the strongest soldiers were ordered to bind and throw the three into the furnace and because it was so hot the soldiers died throwing them in. Once they were thrown in Nebuchadnezzar looked into the furnace and not only where they not harmed but there was a figure in the fire that looked like the son of God! Once he saw they were not burning Nebuchadnezzar ordered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego out of the fire. The Bible says that even their clothes didn’t smell like smoke! Because of the spiritual fortitude of these three servants of God Nebuchadnezzar ORDERED that no one speak against God or they would be cut into pieces! Not only were Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego saved but the king honored them and gave them even HIGHER positions in Babylon. In BABYLON!
And the king topper “demonic OOPS” of all time was the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross. Satan thought he had won. After the accusations of Judas, the denials of Peter, the scourging and public humiliation in front of a crowd that chanted for his death and the release of a KNOWN criminal, nailed to a cross for all to see, pure and utter failure. The devil lost the keys to death and hell, Peter who was the denier or deniers became THE ROCK that Jesus spoke of and Jesus was known to be seen by over 500 (OVER FIVE HUNDRED) people after he came back from the dead.
When we keep sickness, disease and like in perspective of eternity and also the track record of the devil on this earth we can say with certainty that God is STILL in control and establishing his kingdom on this earth through his believers
Today, take a moment and no matter what you are going through in life, raise a hallelujah and thank God that he gave US the ability to defeat the devil. I was praying for a family friend and his wife who had contracted the COVID19 virus and posted on his Facebook Page: “Bottom Line. Satan always loses. God ALWAYS wins.” Grab ahold of the promises of God for your life and believe for God to come through in your situation. To overcome fear with faith and for God to give you power to not just fight the devil but to realize that the BATTLE IS ALREADY WON.
Praying for you all in this time of the perfecting of our faiths.
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