By The Mad Preacher, Rod Davis
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV) The great statesman and historian Sir Winston Churchill once said, “Never give in⸺never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Notice the last phrase in this quote. “Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” Hebrews 2:14-15 says of Jesus that “… by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death⸺that is, the devil⸺and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”
The word “destroy” here comes from a Greek word that literally means to render impotent or powerless. The death and resurrection of our Lord broke the back the enemy. Christ rendered him powerless as far as the believer is concerned. In fact, the only power the devil has is what we give him. The Enemy must therefore rely on his finely tuned skills of deception in order to trick us into yielding authority to him. Jesus said in Mark 3:27 “… no one can enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man.” Satan cannot overpower one who has the Lord of Glory residing in his house. He would first have to overpower Jesus and we know that just can’t be done. Therefore, he must deceive you into thinking that he is coming at you with overwhelming might. He cannot personally overpower you. So, he must try to intimidate you into conceding some sort of defeat. How do we withstand this kind of onslaught?
Here are two ways: First⸺James 4:7 says that we resist the devil by submitting to God. “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Give God full control of your life. Commit yourself to prayer, fellowship and the Word.
Next⸺ (this is almost too simple to believe) Stand firm and wait him out. The Bible says that the dedicated followers of Christ have the fruits of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22) One of these fruits is patience. Satan doesn’t have the Holy Spirit. Therefore, he doesn’t have patience! WE CAN OUTLAST HIM! In fact, the only way we can lose is to quit. We win by default if we don’t cave in to his cowardly wilds. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9 NIV)
Winston Churchill helped his people weather some of the darkest days in the long history of Britain with his incessant battle cry, “Never quit. Never give in!” He knew that Hitler was a coward and cowards don’t have the resilience needed to see it to the end. So it is with Satan. Never give up. Never give in. Never stop trusting God. Victory belongs to those who stand firm. You were called to it. Walk in it!
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death⸺that is, the devil⸺and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14-15 NIV)