Monday, September 17th, 2012
Power (Part 4: Power Plays)
How you are fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into Heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God... I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.' Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.
Isaiah 14:12-15 (NKJV)
Power plays are not new. They began with God's #1 angel who got ambitious. Lucifer (a.k.a. Satan and the devil) was blinded by arrogance. He lost sight of God's ultimate sovereignty and made a big power play. He lost and got demoted to earth.
Once here, Satan began a new action plan aimed toward death and destruction. He tempted the sons of man--which God allowed to test us. Almost everyone failed, and Jesus came to our rescue. When God's Son rose on a cross, Satan lost that power play, too. His defeat continues at the lips of Spirit-filled believers.
Jesus' authority became our authority. His rise became our rise. His power became our power.
'Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you' (Luke 10:19). With a New Testament, God increased the weapons available to us in Scripture, and He told us how to use them.
'For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword' (Hebrews 4:12).
But what is the purpose of God's power in our lives? Is it self-defense? That's an easy assumption, and I remain thankful for the shield of God's Word in my life. When I am hard pressed, It works without fail. However, regular use remains necessary.
That being said, the real power play is no longer for us, because we are protected by faith in Jesus Christ. Satan's power play is for God's other children: the ones who have no idea that a supernatural war is upon them--nor who rules the demons they face, much less how to fight them.
As performers, our own power play is about love and good news--which we must act out on every stage every day. It's about our witness, and who will rise in applause of the King that we serve. As for the enemy? His must leave the theater.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Power series.