Coming Like the Flood

“So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” (Isaiah 59:19)

The great enemy of our souls “the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Yet he can also be “transformed into an angel of light,” and so can “his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). He and his ministers are perhaps most dangerous when most deceptive, quoting Scripture and spiritual sentiments in a superficial show of piety, yet distorting the “Scriptures, unto their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16), and we must use the sword of the Spirit against them.

Then there are those times when, angered that their deceptions (sometimes even their own self-deceptions) are not persuading the true people of God to compromise their stand for God’s truth and His great salvation, they resort to great pressure and overt opposition—even persecution—seeking to silence their testimony. The enemy comes in like a great flood, and the waves seem about to engulf us, and we cry with the psalmist: “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul” (Psalm 124:2-4).

But God is on our side, as long as we are on His side and hold fast to His clearly revealed Word. Before the demonic flood can overwhelm us, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up His standard (or, more literally, “put him to flight”), and God will prevail once again, for “the foundation of God standeth sure” (2 Timothy 2:19), and “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). HMM

2 thoughts on “Coming Like the Flood

  1. What do you think the greatest deception is today? It seems like so many secular things are creeping in and becoming common place. Society is really a great force that is leading many away form the Bible to follow ‘the crowd’. Could this be a part of the deception?

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    • The Devil has tried to trick believers since the beginning, as he tricked Adam and Eve. The Devil is the god of this earth and he wants plenty of company in the Lake of Fire with him. Every time the Devil entices a believer away from Christ the Devil is happy. As we move closer toward the end times the God haters, who are the Devil followers, will step up their tactics to make believers look like the bad guys. There is a good book by CS Lewis that I highly recommend called the “Screw Tape Letters”. Uncle Screw Tape, the Devil,is writing to his nephew explaining how he tries to fool Christians and entice them away from Jesus. Yes, following the secular crowd is part of the deception. I hope that helps.

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