Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
May 14 Scripture Selection: II Chronicles 32-34
Food for Thought: II Chron. 32:6-21
Sennacherib used the most common tactic for defeating the enemy: propaganda. He sent his servants as spokesmen to attempt to belittle God and the people’s faith in Him; he wrote letters threatening the people and trying to discredit God and magnify his own grandeur; and he even had his representatives yell out in Hebrew to the inhabitants of Jerusalem who were on the wall to frighten and demoralize them—anything to get the people to doubt the strength of the Lord and His ability to defend them. If Sennacherib could convince them of their position of hopelessness, then they would surrender without the Assyrians having to put forth much effort. Morale is just that important when facing an adversary.
Even today, Satan uses this tactic. He sends messengers constantly to barrage the inhabitants of the earth with false information that would coerce them to put their confidence in anything other than the One true God. He attempts this with believers and nonbelievers, alike. Fortunately, the believers have the “antidote” to the poison spewed into their minds: the Word of God, which builds faith and counteracts the enemy’s efforts. Roman 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” A believer in Jesus Christ who does not feed regularly on the truth of the Word of God and actively use it will eventually fall prey to the enemy’s lies, too weak in the faith to withstand them, and will easily be swayed to follow the thoughts suggested to him. That is why we find “believers” living exactly like the lost and having the same inclinations in their life-style and values.
The Lord Jesus knew the value of refuting the enemies’ words with the Word of God as He faced the temptations at the end of His forty-day fast. With each temptation that the devil presented Him, Jesus responded, “It is written… (Mat. 4:1-11).” Similarly, King Hezekiah’s words of faith in verses 7 and 8 (which really came from his experience with the written Word, as well) strengthened the people so that they would not be influenced by what they saw, nor by the words of the enemy. He said, “’Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.’ And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.” When we speak out by faith that comes from the Word of God, we are strengthened and encouraged, and so are the others around us.
Today, with the bombardment of worldly, humanistic, “progressive” messages that we constantly hear, it is vital that we remain grounded and rooted in Christ Who is the Word of God (John 1:1, 14), as the apostle Paul instructs us in Colossians 2:6-8, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” That is how we defend ourselves against the enemy.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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