God is Able
We know that from The Garden of Eden; Satan has had an evil plan for every one of God's people. Of course, he has a horrible plan for the world and all the people of the world, but Satan targets the true Christians first and foremost. He attempts to destroy everything that The Lord has given them.
One thing that I have noticed about the plans of Satan are that they are always presumptive. They never seem to take into account the Living God and His almighty power.
The enemy did not consider the cost, when he had the 'religious” leaders of Jesus' time on earth to have Him murdered. The Bible says that if Satan had known the real Truth about Jesus Christ; they would never have had him killed. Satan didn't know that Jesus Christ was and is The Lord of glory for all eternity.
The enemy was actually fulfilling the predestined plan of the Living God. Jesus Christ was sent to the earth to be offered the perfect sacrifice for the sins of mankind, and He totally succeeded in all that was needed for the total victory for all those who turn to God, trust in Him, love Him, obey Him and are called according to His glorious purposes.
For those that are born-again; the enemy hates with a passion; even as he hated The Lord Himself. If you follow Jesus Christ with all of your heart; you will be hated by those that have the anti-Christ spirit, even as Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and all the other true servants of the living God were despised and persecuted.
Let's look at some biblical history in The Book of Daniel. The Lord was with the children of Israel even when they were surrounded by citizens of The Province of Babylon. God gave His people great favor and fruitfulness even in the land of their captivity.
This of course caused envy and a spirit of competition, just like we have today, and so wicked people started to plot against God's people.
The three righteous young men, named Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego totally refused to bow down to the image of Nebuchadnezzar the King.
These three young men said to The King in Daniel 3:17-18, “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of thine hand, O King.
But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”
As you recall, the King was furious,and he heated the furnace seven times hotter.
The children of God were bound, and thrown into the furnace. The men were slain that threw the three young men into the furnace, but not a hair of the head of God's children was burned. Why? Because they had the Son of God with them in the furnace. Jesus Christ promises that He will never leave us, His people, or forsake us, even in the fiery furnace
God not only delivered these men, but He brought justice and judgment on those who had said anything against these men of God.
The King ordered that anyone that spoke against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would be cut into pieces. God brought total justice for His faithful sons.
These men of God were promoted in the province of Babylon, and The King said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
Later, the very envious and wicked people of Babylon devised a scheme to destroy Daniel because they were so jealous, and they had the anti-Christ spirit. They hated Daniel for no reason other than the fact that he loved the living God and worshiped Him daily.
They got their King Darius, to create a law that they knew Daniel could not submit to, and so as you know King Darius had to uphold the law, and with great reluctance; he had Daniel thrown into the lion's den.
The King told Daniel that his God would deliver him, and The King said (Daniel 6:20), “O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou serves continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?”
That question is reverberating all over the world today as the Christians look to our living God in these times of crisis.
The resounding answer is Yes, Yes and a thousand times “Yes”, our God is more than able to deliver us out of any plot, plan and scheme of the enemy.
When King Darius came the next morning to check on Daniel; Daniel was perfectly fine, and the lion's mouths had been shut by The living God in behalf of Daniel.
The King then commanded that all of the men that had accused Daniel, including their wives and children be thrown into the lion's den. "And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, and their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den" (Daniel 6:24). God not only can deliver perfectly, but He also brings the needed vengeance and restitution for His people. Those that put their total trust in God, love Him and obey Him will have every attempt of evil done to them reversed by almighty God. These mighty men of valor named Daniel, Sharach, Meshach and Abednego were not only delivered, but they were justified and those who attacked them were destroyed, and the mighty men of God were promoted and taken care of during their lifetimes. This will also be true of everyone that puts their lives and total trust in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus The Persian.
We know how The Lord delivered Job, Joseph and countless other men of God out of the hand of Satan, and how the living God worked it all together for their good (Romans 8:28).
Many of God's true believers will also face the hand of Satan, but they must never have any fear or doubt as The Lord our God will deliver them in one way or another.
We Christians are so blessed, and for us to live is Christ and to die is “gain”. We will not suffer the sting of death. We have everything to look forward to in our future. We should never have any fear of death or evil. The only fear that we should have is the fear of God which brings many blessings and benefits.
"And they overcame him (Satan) by The Blood of The Lamb, and by The Word of their Testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death" (Revelation 12:11).
Those who have already given their lives over to the living God, The Father and Jesus Christ will not fear death. They have already surrendered all to Jesus Christ. They have nothing to lose, but everything to gain; no mater what happens in this life; God will take care of you as a loving Father.
Our real future is not in this life, but in the life to come. "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known" (1 Cor. 13:12).
Now, we need to store up our treasures in heaven; not on this earth. What we store up in heaven will always be beneficial for us; not only in this life but also in the life to come.
(1 Timothy 4:8-10) (KJV) 8 "For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. 9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
10 For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe".
Our God is able to deliver us, heal us, and bless us beyond anything that we can ask, think or imagine. He is all-powerful, all-knowing and omnipresent.
With Him nothing is impossible, but all things are possible with Him; He alone has won the total victory in our lives over all of our afflictions, sin and death. He delivers us out of them all, and He always causes His people to triumph.
Always remember that our God is not only able, but He is an awesome God, and Creator of the universe. He is the coming King of kings and Lord of lords.
I pray that you will have His heart and His mind, and you will go from victory-to-victory and from glory-to-glory in Jesus' Name and all for His honor and praise!. Amen, amen and amen.
Peggy Kannaday has been the Managing Editor for “Church Growth International” since 1991. C.G.I. Is the English outreach of The Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, Korea with Senior Pastor Emeritus Yonggi Cho and Senior Pastor Younghoon Lee.
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