“Somebody is talking about you on YouTube,” my brother informed me as I stopped by my parents’ home for a visit several years ago. Initially, I thought he was joking because that seemed odd to me. Who would care to talk about me?
Seriously? I thought.
He actually was serious. I was quickly informed that the man doing the talking wasn’t speaking about me in a nice way either.
I remember feeling confused and stunned, but mostly just confused. I couldn’t imagine why anyone would make me the subject of their video—especially if the content was negative. I do my best to spread the love of Christ, treat everyone respectfully, and live in a way that honors God.
Since the video was playing on full blast when I walked in, I couldn’t escape it right away.
Though I didn’t stick around to hear the whole thing, I did absorb a bit of it. Turns out, the individual called me “demonic” because my publication, Empowering Everyday Women Online Magazine, featured some folks they didn’t like. Me associating with a particular group was enough for them to slander me and do it all in the name of the Lord.
I walked out of the room, unwilling to take in anymore of that toxic talk. Not too long after I decided to ignore the baseless, mean-spirited attack, my family members came looking for me. They told me the person had no in-depth knowledge of who I was. They knew nothing about my committed relationship with the Lord. They just threw my name into the pot of people they felt like criticizing that day.
I knew my loved ones were concerned and wanted to protect me. But I told them, “Don’t worry about it. You don’t have to tell me what they said. God will handle it.”
I chose not to worry about it and you know what happened? That non-controversy fizzled before it had a chance to gain any traction. I didn’t harbor any hostility in my heart. I knew it was nothing but the devil trying to stir up strife. That’s what he does.
As I faithfully serve God through public ministry, that makes me a public target. Over the years, I’ve grown more used to it. I realize that as God broadens the ministry platform, it widens the audience I reach, and not everyone embraces who I am. Not everyone embraced Jesus either, and He, unlike you and me, was perfect. Furthermore, the word of God prepares us for mistreatment. It comes with the territory.
Whether or not you are in public ministry, you shouldn’t be shocked when Satan, who hates to see you walking in divine purpose, comes after you. You don’t have to be doing anything wrong to be attacked. Our chief enemy will use anyone and anything to distract, discourage, and deter us from focusing on the things of God.
You might be under attack right now. If you are, this word is for you. Hang in there. God’s got you covered. Whatever form the attack has taken, don’t worry. You may be going through in your health; finances; family; work environment; church; emotions; or some other area. Whatever it is, know that you are not alone. God is fighting for you and working things out.
This attack won't have the impact the enemy hoped it would. Don't be weary or worried. God's going to use this to bless you in greater ways!
Expect Satan to hit you with his best shot. Nevertheless, no matter how hard the hit, it will never be enough to defeat you, because of who’s on your side. As Romans 8:31 says, if God is for you, who can be against you?
Today, the Lord led me back to the story of King Hezekiah in 2 Kings 18-19 and 2 Chronicles 32. I've shared it with you on other occasions. Hezekiah, the righteous king of Judah, was under attack. Sennacherib, king of Assyria, who had invaded Judah and taken control of the cities, was coming after Jerusalem. The Israelites were fearful because Sennacherib’s reputation preceded him. This king had a mighty army. They were intimidating and virtually unstoppable.
Instead of melting down and panicking, Hezekiah told the people in 2 Chronicles 32:7-8, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.”
I get so excited when I read Hezekiah’s words. He was basically saying, why should we be afraid of the arm of flesh when the hand of the Lord is with us?
Friend, don’t you know God’s power is greater than that attack? You are His. You belong to Him—and He takes care of His own!
Despite Hezekiah’s unwavering faith, Sennacherib was arrogant and believed he was mightier than Yahweh. So he sent his officers to Jerusalem, where these men spoke against Hezekiah and the Lord, for everyone to hear. Hoping to strike fear in their hearts, in 2 Chronicles 32:14, Sennacherib's men said this on behalf of Hezekiah's rival king: “Who of all the gods of these nations that my predecessors destroyed has been able to save his people from me? How then can your god deliver you from my hand?”
That level of pride and insolence was staggering, revealing just how full of himself Sennacherib was. He must have been thinking that since he had been on a winning streak, this time would be no different. He was about to find out how wrong he was. When Hezekiah got one of Sennacherib's letters from his messenger containing all the threats, taunts and mocking insults toward God, the Bible says in 2 Kings 19:14, that Hezekiah spread it out before the Lord.
He basically told God, “You’ve got mail.”
He handed that bad news to the Lord. The note may have been addressed to Hezekiah, but he knew the battle wasn't his. Instead of trying to work it out or figure it out, the king was wise enough to realize this was a job for someone greater than himself. There was no way Hezekiah could, on his own, defeat the mighty Assyrian army. But God was more than able. And the Lord did it. God devastated Hezekiah's enemies. He sent an angel to annihilate all the fighting men, commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king, according to 2 Chronicles 32:21.
Sennacherib ended up retreating to his own land in disgrace. God put him on the run.
Then, the Bible says Sennacherib was murdered by his own sons while worshiping the false god Nisrok in the temple. His idol god was no match for the only true and living God.
I’ve told you before that Hezekiah’s name means "Yah is my strength" or "Jehovah is my strength." The same God who showed Himself strong on Hezekiah’s behalf is showing Himself strong on your behalf.
God is serving the enemy notice right now and putting him on the run.
I don’t know what you’ve been dealing with lately. Remind yourself that God goes before you. He is fighting your battle. He is turning that situation around. The weapon that has been formed will malfunction and fail. The evil plot devised against you will end up working for you, because the One who is strong and mighty is with you.
To remind you of this truth, I’m stirring Isaiah 8:10 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, you will be encouraged by this truth: though you can expect the attack to come, you can also expect the victory to follow. Jehovah, your strength, has it all under control.
None of the bad news you have received is a surprise to our good God. He already has a plan for your victory.
Now let's pray.
God, thank You for being my shelter, provider, protector, defender, and mighty deliverer! Despite what the enemy is attempting to do, I know that You have me covered, and I thank You. By faith, in the midst of it, I rejoice for Your favor, provision and blessings. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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