[b]THE LIES OF THE ENEMY[/b]
In our times of trial and temptation, Satan comes to us bringing lies: Youre surrounded now and there is no way out. Greater servants than you have quit in circumstances no worse than this. Now its your turn to go down. Youre a failure, otherwise you wouldnt be going through this. Theres something wrong with you and God is sorely displeased.
In the midst of his trial, Hezekiah acknowledged his helplessness. The king realized he had no strength to stop the voices raging at him, voices of discouragement, threats and lies. He knew he couldnt deliver himself from the battle, so he sought the Lord for help. And God answered by sending the prophet Isaiah to Hezekiah with this message: The Lord has heard your cry. Now, tell the Satan at your gate, Youre the one who is going down. By the way you came here, you will also go out.
Hezekiah had very nearly fallen for the enemys trick. The fact is, if we dont stand up to Satans liesif, in our hour of crisis, we dont turn to faith and prayer, if we dont draw strength from Gods promises of deliverancethe devil will zero in on our wavering faith and intensify his attacks.
Hezekiah gained courage from the word he received, and he was able to say to Sennacherib in no uncertain terms: Devil king, you did not blaspheme me. You liked to God himself. My Lord is going to deliver me. And because you blasphemed him, you will face his wrath!
The Bible tells us that God supernaturally delivered Hezekiah and Judah on that very night: It came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses (2 Kings 19:35).
Believers today stand not just on a promise but also on the shed blood of Jesus Christ. And in that blood we have victory over every sin, temptation and battle we will ever face. Maybe youve received a letter from the devil lately. I ask you: Do you believe God has the foreknowledge to anticipate your every trial? Your every foolish move? Your every doubt and fear? If so, you have the example of David before you, who prayed, This poor man cried, and the Lord delivered him. Will you do the same?
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon