1 Corinthians 15:25-26 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. THE LAST ENEMY to be destroyed is death.
I have heard this declaration by Christians more often than not. ‘I HAVE NO ENEMIES.’ But the truth be told. Yes…you have enemies. In fact, from the very moment you openly declared your allegiance to follow the Lord Jesus, your first and greatest enemy became the devil. The devil uses other agents to oppose the purpose of God from being accomplished in your life. And while his agents maybe physical, emotional or spiritual…the most effective of them all is when he uses people.
This morning….the Lord whispered these words into my heart. ‘I WILL USE YOUR LAST ENEMY TO THRUST YOU INTO YOUR DESTINY.’ Suddenly, I understood what that meant. Throughout the bible history, we see people who rose up to oppose God’s chosen servants. And while facing their enemy, in human weakness, God always entered into their situation to show Himself strong on their behalf.
We see SAMSON…although deprived of his freedom and eyesight…God helped him to destroy his LAST ENEMY.
Judges 16:30 Samson said, ‘Let me die with the Philistines!’ Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed MANY MORE when he died than while he was alive.
We see ESTHER...a Hebrew girl with a conceal identity become queen. Risking death…she entered the King’s presence to plead for the lives of her people. And God helped him to destroy her LAST ENEMY.
Esther 8:7-8 King Xerxes replied to Queen Esther and to Mordecai, the Jew, ‘Because Haman attacked the Jews, I have given his estate to Esther, and they have HANGED HIM on the gallows. Now write another decree in the king’s name on behalf of the Jews as seems best to you, and seal it with the king’s signet ring _ for no document written in the king’s name and sealed with his ring can be revoked.’
We see DANIEL…a Jew in exile who remained faithful to the law of God. A decree is passed to worship the king. As was his custom, Daniel knelt to no other but the God of Israel in prayer fully aware of the death penalty at the lions’ den. God helped destroy his LAST ENEMY.
Daniel 6:23-24 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
We see JESUS…THE SON come to earth in human form…and even though he was God, he humbled himself to a cruel and humiliating death…and whilr the one who had opposed Him over the ages thought He had won at last, on the three day….God raised Jesus from the death…and helped him destroy the LAST ENEMY…and ours too, for time and eternity.
Acts 13:36 ‘For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers and his body decayed. But the one who GOD RAISED FROM THE DEAD did not see decay.
I don’t know who is your LAST ENEMY..but I know this. God has not changed the purpose of your enemy in your life. Your enemy, most of the time is a blessing in disguise! Don’t run away from him…let God use him to accomplish His purpose in your life.
Be blessed...HE HAS OVERCOME FOR YOU!