February 20, 2017

February 20, 2017

NUMBERS 21-22

Focus Verse: “But God said to Balaam, ‘Do not go with them. You must not put a cure on those people, because they are blessed.”

Numbers 22:12

 

God is strong. And He loves you. Those two truths combine to make you ‘untouchable’. The God who created everything loves you and has promised to fight for you. You, my friend, are invincible.

Now don’t go storming any enemy nations just yet…let me explain what I’m talking about here.

We all know that bad things happen to good people. We’ve seen people with unwavering faith in Jesus Christ suffer just as much, if not worse, than those with no faith or who are hostile toward Christ. So clearly no one in their right mind would preach a gospel like that (sorry prosperity gospel). Jesus isn’t your ‘get out of suffering free card’.

But you are still invincible. You are still untouchable. When you put your faith in Jesus Christ, what He did on the cross, that He was raised from the dead and ascended to heaven to give you His Spirit, you put a seal on your soul that cannot be broken.

There are a lot of Christians out there who play the whole spiritual warfare game. I’m not saying that it doesn’t exist. The Bible is very specific that it is a very real thing. I just think a lot of times we can put way too much emphasis on it. There are spiritual powers and authorities at work that we will never know about this side of heaven. And we absolutely need to wage war against that darkness, to storm the gates of hell through prayer and petition for others.

But when it comes to me…I don’t mean to taunt the enemy (actually I do…bring it Satan) but “I ain’t scared”. And you shouldn’t be either. God is strong. Jesus’ victory on the cross is complete. It’s not like God barely squeaked out some come from behind win against Satan and his evil forces. It was a blood bath. No contest. Knock. Out.

But we act like Satan is this equal to God. Like the two are on the same playing field. Who is stronger? I don’t think any of us would fail that intensely theological question. But we live in fear of what Satan would do to us. We talk about the schemes of the enemy more than we talk about the victory of Jesus Christ. What Spirit do you have? You have the Spirit of victory! Walk in it!

Make no mistake. Satan can attack your physical body. He can mess with you on that level and that’s where some of us freak out. He can cause you to live in fear. He can mess with your plans and complicate things for us. He can start rumors about you among others and soil your reputation. He can mess up your order at McDonald’s so they forget to add extra pickles (for those of you who REALLY get into spiritual warfare).

But for someone who believes what Jesus did for them on the cross, that stuff shouldn’t even be a blip on the radar. Your soul is secure. You have been bought with a high, high price by the Lord of all creation. This world is not your home.

And even in all those things, keep this principle in Numbers in mind. There is nothing that is out of God’s control. The strongest power of evil in the world cannot work contrary to His plan. That doesn’t mean a life of ease, that doesn’t mean there isn’t pain and sadness, hurt and loss, but it does mean that there is a reason behind all of it. And that in the end, there is a love that this world can’t even imagine, waiting to make it all worth it.

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