Because of the way that you were made (Psalm 139:14) you have turned out to become such a valuable trophy that the two most powerful powers compete every second to win. I know that some of us may not feel being such a valuable treasure because of our situation today. If you?ll allow me, I?ll like to show you some of the ways this competition has been.
In Genesis 11:1-9, we read how the enemy united the people of the earth to build a tower that can reach heaven (v 4). The Lord changed their plan (vs 5-8). In Exodus chapters 1:8 to 2:1-21, we read how the king of Egypt wanted to kill the male children of the Israelites but Moses who delivered them was saved at birth.
In 1 Samuel 8:1-16, we see how the Israelites wanted a king rather than having God to rule over them. Until Christ returns, they?ll still suffer being oppressed by kings. Job is another example of those that the enemy dealt with but at the end, God restored to him all that he lost after enduring all that the enemy threw at him.
A study of the book of Daniel shows us on two different occasions the enemy wanted three Hebrew men and Daniel to denounce God. The end result of not giving in brought promotion to them. Again when Jesus was born, we read of how the enemy killed all the new born male babies hoping that the baby Jesus could be killed. God asked Joseph to take baby Jesus to Egypt before the slaughter took place.
In John 9:1-25 we read the account of how Jesus restored the sight of a man who was born blind. Rather than give God praise, the Pharisees tried to make the man?s parents confess that their son was not born blind (vs 18-23). Since the parents knew the truth, they referred the Jews to their son (vs 13-17 & 25-27).
Jesus was falsely accused so that He could be killed and deprived of being a King. During His
Crucifixion, one of the thieves reminded Him of His power and wanted Him to save himself and the thieves. This was the enemy speaking.
So, do you see how they (God and Satan) battle for us? This battle is not for your body but your soul. The battle is never over until you take your last breath when (your soul) you?ll be positioned to be judged (Ezekiel 18:20).
All that Satan wants is to add us to his team of disobedient people whose souls are hell bound. If he (the Satan) has afflicted you and you want a change, we?ll discuss that change next week. Just know that Satan will not stop at nothing but to have you in his crowd of disobedient children whose souls are hell bound unless they repent.