The thing to remember in times of attack - no matter how big or small the attack - is to ignore the devil and keep moving forward.
"All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way." (Luke 4:28-30)
Jesus went to his own town and spoke to His own people. In those days, most of your town was also where your entire family lived. He spoke the truth and what God told Him to speak but it only angered them. So they tried to kill Him. That's a big attack - from some in His own family, most likely! His response was to start moving and walk away. The devil can't touch us if we are moving forward in the will of God. It is only when we stop that he can affect us.
The answer is the Holy Spirit. We absolutely have to be operating in the Holy Spirit. The devil has no counter measure for the Holy Spirit. By walking freely in the Holy Spirit, we push back the spirit of rebellion that is threatening to take over. This is what God told me just lately: "By resisting the Holy Spirit, the church allows the spirit of rebellion. This is how the spirit of Antichrist rises to power."
Because Jesus was operating in the Holy Spirit, He could look at the spiritual first and the physical second - even when it looked like His life was in danger! In the end times, it is even more important not to look at what is happening around us on the physical side of things. We need to be looking on the spiritual side. Jesus knew that He had the victory so He could walk right through a dangerous, murderous crowd. We should know that we have victory in ALL THINGS so we can walk through any kind of fear, danger, storm, etc. It is not allowed to come near us if we say so.
Three things to remember while we are under attack:
1. The one basic truth is that God will never leave us or forsake us. He IS working. We have to keep our faith focused on that. Romans 12 tells us that every one of us has been given a measure of faith. We don't even need to bring our own faith to a situation! Jesus has already given us the faith to cover us.
2. We are not alone. First and foremost, we have the God of creative miracles working on our behalf. He spoke and something came out of the formless void. This is another truth that we can hold onto - He is working for all of us. On top of that, we have brothers and sisters who are standing with us. We may never know this side of heaven how many there really are who are standing with us in spirit and in prayer.
3. When the devil knocks us down, we come back up even stronger. We may not feel it but we are being readied and strengthened for a specific purpose in the Kingdom. The people who go through intense suffering for The Name come back out on the other side even stronger. They are giants in the Kingdom because they share in the same sufferings as Jesus.
All of these things are the truth for any of us - even if we don't "feel" it. In the end of days, there is so much darkness that we have to operate on total faith - not sight. This gets us in shape to be leaders in doing just that.
"Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath began to teach the people. They were amazed at his teaching, because his message had authority." (Luke 4:31-32)
It is important to know that Jesus didn't stop. He kept moving forward. He didn't get too worried about the other people and why they wanted to hurt Him. He moved on in the Spirit. That's for us too: Go to the people who are open and then go put a dent in the darkness. The people were amazed at the teaching of Jesus.
We will never run out of people who are hungry and open to hearing the gospel. Until Jesus comes back, they are our objective - not the ones who have a wall up. If you've been preaching to a brick wall, time to find another audience!
In the passage, Jesus brought the same teaching that He had given before but the two differences were:
1. The people were open to hearing the truth
2. Because Jesus overcame when He was attacked, He had the power and the ability to speak with greater authority.
Kingdom truth: Jesus had the victory over the devil because He walked past the attack and kept moving with the Spirit toward the will of God. If we go harder at the devil when we are attacked, then he will give up.
Revised, 2012 © Copyright Anne Schickowski, 2011
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