It was over 20 years ago but I remember it like it was yesterday. I was facedown on the floor in my bedroom. That’s a great position for worship, but let’s just say that isn’t what was happening. I can’t say I was even really praying—mostly I was whining.
The funny thing is, I don’t remember why. But I DO remember what happened next. I had a very clear impression of a demon standing over me with his foot on the middle of my back. He was cackling with great glee at my despondency.
Before I had time to think about what I was doing, without missing a beat, I turned my head toward this “thing” and said in a matter-of-fact tone:
“My Jesus is the victor and don’t you EVER forget it.”
Needless to say that stopped the cackling critter in its tracks. It also ended my pity party in a hurry.
Yesterday, America had a bad day. Regardless of your thoughts about where we stand as a nation, no one should feel good about what we witnessed. While it might be tempting to spout off with our various opinions or allow hopelessness to creep in, we might find it a bit more effective if we stepped back to remember who the REAL enemy is. Even more, perhaps we need to collectively declare that OUR Jesus is the victor and continually remind the forces of hell to never forget that fact.
The truth, of course, is that all of hell is quite aware of the victory Jesus has already won. We are the ones who forget. And when we do, the demonic realm is right there ready to take full advantage of that lapse.
Beloved, we do not battle against flesh and blood. I don’t know about you, but the thought of a multitude demons standing over this nation cackling with glee, does NOT sit well with me. But sometimes Satan overplays his hand. Sometimes, if we’re paying attention, we can catch a glimpse into what is happening in the unseen realm.
Let’s use those glimpses for good. Let’s resist the urge to point fingers at each other or wring our hands in dismay. Instead, let’s fix our eyes on the One who has already overcome. Let’s arise and shine in our identity as sons and daughters of the Most High God. Let’s use our voices and the authority He has given us to overcome fear with love, and darkness with light.
And let’s remember Jesus is now, and forever will be, the Victor.
Don’t you ever forget it.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.” -Isaiah 60:1-2
“Since ancient times no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” -Isaiah 64:4