Even after charging it all night long, it would go from 100% to 10% to 1% and then, into shutdown mode—all within a few minutes.
Sometimes, while it was on the charger it would lose battery life. How does that happened? I was baffled.
Despite having in-store servicing and even replacing parts of the gadget, the problem wasn’t resolved.
Finally, last week, I conceded defeat. It was time to get a new phone.
I got it yesterday, even though it was ordered last week, with overnight shipping.
So what took the phone so long to get here?
Well, there was a major storm that caused terrible flooding in Louisville, which was the exact place from where the new phone was shipping. All the UPS shipments from that area were delayed, so what was supposed to come overnight took several days.
Delays happen sometimes, both naturally and spiritually.
In Daniel 10, we see what a spiritual delay looks like.
The Bible says Daniel was in mourning and was praying to God for understanding. For 21 days, he fasted, didn’t groom himself and sought the Lord earnestly.
Finally, in a vision, after three weeks of travailing, a divine being showed up and told Daniel something that still fascinates me to this day.
In Daniel 10:12, he said, “…from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.”
Though the response to Daniel’s prayer was immediate, verse 13 explains, “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.”
Here in scripture, we are getting a glimpse inside the realm of the unseen and observing spiritual forces at work. The “prince of the kingdom of Persia” was not a physical entity. This was a description of spiritual opposition delaying Daniel’s divine answer.
This reminds me of what Ephesians 6:12 tells us: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Friend, the unseen realm of the spirit impacts the seen realm of the natural. Never forget that. We are in the midst of a battle and Satan is always on the prowl. Yet, both you and I have been given authority.
2 Corinthians 10:4 says, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
We have the power of the Holy Ghost dwelling within us. As we pray and seek God’s face, He wages war on our behalf.
Though you may not see the actual spiritual forces working against you, you can see the impact of those forces in your life. Right now, the enemy may be attacking your family, health, emotions, ministry, or coming at you in various other ways.
Know that he will do whatever he can to oppose and hinder your destiny.
But Daniel’s vision serves as good news for us. It is a reminder that, while God may permit the enemy to delay some things for a moment, ultimately, what God has for you cannot be denied.
Satan’s power is limited to what God allows.
Do you remember when the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate told Jesus he had authority to crucify him in John 19?
In verse 11, Jesus said, ““You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above.”
That word authority used by Jesus in the Greek language is “exousia,” meaning the power of judicial decision or the power to decide against one.
In other words, Jesus told that high-ranking government official that he didn’t have the power to determine the fate of the son of God, except that which was granted by the Father.
Though Christ submitted Himself to death on the cross, He knew that it was the will of God, not the power of man, that determined the outcome.
The same is true in our lives.
The enemy can’t just come in and ride roughshod over us. He has to get a permission slip from God before he gains access into our lives. Just like in the case of God’s servant Job, before Satan attacked, he had to ask God to first remove the impenetrable hedge from around Job.
God knew Job would be faithful and could be trusted with trouble, just as you can.
Friend, if the weapon has been formed against you, God allowed it. If the attack came, God allowed it. If there has been a momentary upset, God allowed it.
But ultimately, what the devil tries will fail, because what God allows never outweighs or overrides what He ordains. In other words, that trouble you’re facing today, will not get in the way of the breakthrough you’ve been preordained to walk into tomorrow.
You will get everything God has for you. So don't be discouraged by the delay. Your breakthrough is on the way.
To remind you of this truth, I’m stirring Habakkuk 2:3 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, it is a reminder that God’s purpose will be accomplished in your life.
I know the enemy may be busy attacking, opposing, challenging, fighting and trying to hinder your destiny, but he cannot stop what God has ordained.
This battle is already won. You are victorious through Christ. You will walk through the door of your destiny.
Now let's pray.
God, in some areas, I feel like things have stalled in my life. What I have asked for, has not yet shown up. But thank You for the assurance that You have heard and answered my call, and will accomplish Your purpose in me. In advance, I praise You for manifestation and I declare by faith that everything You have ordained for me, I will receive. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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