The Dominating Power of God’s Work
Two kingdoms at war have dominated the history of humanity ever since the fall of Adam and Eve, the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Satan. Importantly, Satan’s dominion is limited, and God’s decrees are final because “Whatever the Lord pleases, he does” (). Although Satan is already defeated, he intends on revolting against all that is of God, as is evident throughout Scripture and life. Nevertheless, since all of humanity is born in sin, under the wrath of God, and in bondage to “the prince of the power of the air,” it appears that all is hopeless (). But, thanks be to God because He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world and, by the ministry of the Holy Spirit, set us free through faith in Jesus Christ our Savior (). Thankfully, we no longer live under the enslavement to Satan’s kingdom. In the words of Vern Poythress, “When we listen to God speaking, as we read the Bible or hear a sermon based on it, we rely on the Trinitarian character of God” to accomplish all He determined.
Paul and Silas, taking the Gospel into Philippi, faced the attack from Satan’s kingdom as they encountered a fortuneteller and a jailer enslaved in sin and needing salvation. Paul knew the only solution to their problem was the biblical approach to preaching the Gospel of God’s Kingdom. Unfortunately, whenever you oppose Satan’s Kingdom, you will come face to face with evil consequences. Amazingly, this passage promotes the dominating power of God’s work over every attempt of Satan to overthrow and destroy God’s Kingdom. It is essential to learn that the aggressive work of Satan, seeking to keep all humanity in bondage, is insignificant in comparison to the liberating work of Jesus Christ.
Here are truths to help:
Kingdoms in conflict:
- The relentless pursuit of the enemy demands fortitude –
- The redeeming power of the Savior declares the sinner forgiven –
Living in freedom:
- The most profound source of spiritual nourishment is in the darkest of times – 84:6-7
- Living in freedom is the experience of all who make Jesus Christ their supreme value – 84:1-4
- The way of salvation is not assorted but is only in Jesus Christ – 84:10-12
My Soul Longs for the Courts of the Lord
84:1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever singing your praise! Selah
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
6 As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before God in Zion.
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
9 Behold our shield, O God;
look on the face of your anointed!
10 For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you!