LORD, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.”
Even in the wildest of the animal kingdom you can find a species that scorns its prey after capturing it. Perhaps there is an exception, man. Only man can devise hanging in the gallows for public spectacle someone who has been killed by firing squad. Or as the mythical Achilles dishonored the corpse of his battle-hardened contender Hector, which he tied to his chariot by his feet and dragged his head on the dust of the plain of Troy. The enemy of our souls uses a curious but effective strategy against us. First we are tempted with crafty lures of sweet rewards to make us stray from the straight path that we must stay on and then he subjects us to public ridicule for having failed the commitment we have established with our heavenly Father. With scorn and cruelty he enjoys our temporary defeat and our shame paralyzes us and prevents us from returning in repentance to our merciful Father. He also plants in our mind seeds of doubt about our salvation, making us believe that all is lost forever.
The reality is that he has already been defeated by our Lord Jesus Christ and if he still has power with which to hurt us it is because of our own disbelief that we let him have an open way to take advantage of us. Let us not be lured by false promises and his clever schemes. Firmly resist him with the knowledge and certainty that he is already defeated and that he no longer has neither power nor authority over our lives. The King of kings and Lord of Lords has defeated sin and death and we’re no longer subject to condemnation. Let us rejoice therefore in the liberty and salvation that has been granted to us by our Heavenly Father through the merits of our beloved Lord Jesus. To God alone be the glory!