Evil Flees From God’s Children
May 19, 2020
Sometimes we turn to our favorite Bible verses so often that we have a tendency to overlook the extreme power and courage they can give us. These verses are often quoted or displayed on signs, stickers or bookmarks, which perhaps dulls our wonder after seeing them over and over. Let’s talk about a few of these verses today and gain a bit of the wonder and power back into our lives through them.
Isaiah 41:10, 13, 18
So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand…For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you do not fear, I will help you; do not be afraid…I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.
Notice the Lord says “I will” four different times in those few sentences. He does not say “I might.” Can we trust the Lord to do what He says? Can we take Him at His word? We may suffer, but He promises to fulfill His Word which can never be broken. If it could, He would not be God!
A few years ago, I had a fearful heart over a situation. I don’t remember the reasons that caused the fear, yet I clearly remember what God so kindly showed me. Isn’t it interesting that what seems so critical one day becomes so diminished on another? Yet there are those times when the fear creeps in so very slowly, and it becomes a full-blown attack on our thought life, long before we even recognize it. Then there are those situations that hit us and in a moment our lives are turned upside down.
I was walking towards a crowded restaurant. It was lunch hour and there were people everywhere. I was trying to make my way to the door, and as I reached to open the glass door, I happened to notice the reflection of my cross necklace with the sun shining on it so brightly. It was as if it was illuminated. The door abruptly flew open and I found myself face to face with a man who seemingly appeared to be ill. He looked tattered and beaten up by the world, and his eyes raged with hate and anger. I noticed him looking at my necklace as if he were in a trance. The few moments we stood face to face seemed to frozen in time.
To most of us the cross of Jesus represents light and hope in a dark world. For whatever reason it caused this man the most frightening reaction I have ever witnessed! In those long moments at the front door, he immediately backed away from me. Taking at least ten steps back, he crouched down as if going to his knees, covering his eyes with his hands. With terror in his voice he started speaking to me saying, “Get away… get away …. stay away from me!” As I walked into the restaurant, he quickly rushed past me out the door, still looking back at me in terror. He was acting as if he had seen a ghost!
Being completely caught off guard, and to be honest slightly spooked by such a reaction, I quickly grabbed my lunch and left. I got in my car and immediately started to pray for this man to be released from his dark torment. I confessed to my Father the fear it brought me as well. As I recall, I said, “Lord this world is just so scary!”
Without hesitation God immediately comforted me with this eye-opening thought. I recall it loud and clear: “Linda, do you see that there is evil out there? Yet did you not see the reaction of the demons when they know you belong to me? Evil flees! You will come face to face with it, and it may stare you straight in the eyes, and yes it will seem scary and may be terribly frightening, but know this…. I wanted you to see what happens in the spiritual realm. I wanted you to see how the demons tremble at My name. I wanted you to witness the protection and coverage I put about you, so that you would see that evil departs from you in My name. Yes Linda, you are in this world but because of my love you are covered by my light, and darkness hates light. It may be all around you, but it will not destroy you.”
Whatever had me so fearful that day soon vanished after the lesson God taught me, so much so that I can’t recall what even prompted it! We certainly live in a fallen world with attacks on our lives, and evil can come in many forms. This evil can promote fear and can often grip us to the point of despair, yet God warns us in the book of Isaiah not to be dismayed. The word “dismayed” is defined as a sudden or total loss of courage. When you’re frightened, I pray this helps you as it did me, and it reminds you of what our Sovereign Father has instructed us to do: Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world. For without ever actually seeing Him fighting our battles or warding off evil, we can be comforted knowing He is always there behind the scenes, and nothing can snatch us from the palm of His hand or from His perfect will for us.
Come, all who are thirsty, come to the waters.
Isaiah 58: 10-11
And if you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry, and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens you are there, if I make my bed in the depths you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, and if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
As we remind ourselves that evil WILL flee from us, let us also hold fast to His promise that we shall conquer all of life’s difficulties with His help. Praise be to God that we have His promises in our heart. The one and only truth we possess is a treasure beyond measure! God bless you!
Delighting in safe pasture,