So, it’s definitely been a long while since I wrote anything. Having a mobile child who doesn’t have huge sleeps anymore changes how much free time one has during the day. Over the last week, Father has been really speaking to me and encouraging my heart and I want to pass that on to those who might read these words.
God created me and you in His image. He created us to walk with Him and reflect back to Him His perfect beautiful nature. Satan hates it when we live the way God intended for us to live. He hates God. He hates anything that brings glory to God. He lead a revolt with a third of the angels against Almighty God, and for that was banished from God’s presence (Isaiah 14:12-15). God will not give His glory and honour to another, and because of Satan’s rebellion he was cast out of heaven and doomed to hell. Satan could not stand the thought that God would win, and as a plan to get back at Him, he set out to destroy His most prized creation – humans. Perhaps he thought that if he could get us to rebel against God as he did, that the pain of the destruction of man would be enough to satisfy his desire for vengeance.
God is God. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-sovereign and in control. He knew of Satan’s plan, He knew that humans would succumb to the lie told to them by Satan. He was not surprised. God had a salvation plan before He even created man. Before Satan existed He planned that He would send His one and only Son, Jesus Christ to die in the place of His rebel creation. He planned to crush Satan and any lie or stronghold he might deceive us with.
Satan must have thought he had the upper hand when the Son of God was hanging on that cross outside Jerusalem. Jesus Christ was dying in the place of the rebels and bearing the punishment for all their sin and shame. He thought that he had killed God.
Little did he know that God cannot be put to death. Jesus Christ willingly gave up His life. From the arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, through His six trials, and even to His death on the cross, Jesus Christ (God in flesh) was in complete control. Those who came to arrest Him fell down before Him in worship (John 18:6); He had to offer Himself into their hands (vs. 8). At His trials, the few words He spoke were truth and His accusers found it hard to pinpoint a charge against Him worthy of death. Even though He was beaten beyond recognition, wearing a crown of thorns, and carrying His own cross, He empathises with the future sufferings of those weeping for Him (Luke 23:28-31)). While hanging on the cross in excruciating pain, bearing the sins of the whole world, past, present, and future, Jesus Christ gives instructions for the care of His mother and one of His closest friends (John 19:26-27). He also welcomes a criminal hanging beside Him into paradise and asks His Father to forgive the very ones who crucified Him (Luke 23:34 &42-43). Even in His final cry “It is finished”, Jesus was in control and willingly gave up His last breath for us.
Oh how Satan must have revelled in that moment. He thought it was over. God was finished. Even better than destroying God’s most prized creation, He thought He’d destroyed God Himself.
But, Jesus Christ did not stay dead. He was raised to life again by the power of God Almighty! It was indeed the final blow to Satan. How the tables had turned. God was alive and had conquered the power of death, the grave, and Satan. Not only that, but He had nullified the accusation of our rebellion. Man was set free to become children of God, to walk with Him and love Him, and to reflect back to God His beautiful Person.
Satan hates us just as he hates God and will only ever tempt or try to deceive us as a means to spit in God’s face and to get back at Him. Those who are not walking with God have allowed themselves to be deceived into letting Satan rule their lives. They are deceived because those who try to control their own lives and live apart from God are really just playing into the hands of the devil (1 John 3:5-10).
I am a new creation. I have been given a new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). I am a child of God (John 1:12). Satan will hate me and will do what he can to tempt and deceive me into believing his lies. But, I have the Spirit of Truth in me (John 15:26), bearing witness of Jesus Christ and all that He has said and done. I am restored, I am loved, I am chosen, I am holy and blameless in God’s sight. I am His child and I can rest in knowing that there is no better place to be than in God’s hands, walking with Him, and reflecting His glory and the beauty of the Person of Jesus Christ.