“For Yours is the Kingdom and the Power…”

It wasn’t just a skit a bunch of American kids were going to perform a number of times in Minagua, Nicaragua for their youth mission’s trip,

it was a picture of what is really going on in the spiritual world, and we forget so often – but these kids portrayed it well:

They put on their black t-shirts with white pained words like, ‘immorality’, and ‘alcoholism’, ‘drug abuse’, ‘pornography’, ‘greed’, ‘hatred’, ‘murder’,  and ‘rebellion’ written in Spanish. These were to be ‘demons’ in the skit. And their every move was controlled by the one dressed in the black coat with the hood. And then there was a student, kind of taking hold of a few of the characters dressed in black with tempting sins, you know, how we humans can so easily make excuses for ourselves in our minds thinking and ultimately convincing ourselves that – ‘a little sin doesn’t really matter.’

But what happened next?

The next moment  – the one who was believing the lies and the seduction of the enemy and tempted in the sins that ‘everyone else is doing’ found chains put around their neck. Heavy chains that couldn’t be taken off, and then there was the pushing and the throwing around, and then more pushing and shoving. This was a skit, but it was more than a skit, it was a picture of the true battle for our souls. Satan hates God and Satan hates you and me. These demons under the control of Satan were out to steal, kill, and destroy this child!

The picture was clear. The skit was heavy. It was hard to watch. All seemed hopeless for this one. There was no strength left to  rely on. There was no ‘will power’ to resist. There was nothing left – only face and body to the ground.

But then, there was just the hand from the wrist reaching up. And the eyes looked up from the ground, but only for a moment because the kids dressed in the black t-shirts directed by their leader, kept their grip on the failing child.

Do you know someone who is right here in this place? Do you know someone who is chained and hardened and almost destroyed by the grip of the enemy? It is most possible that you do. I know I do.

Well, out of nowhere, a student with a white choral robe steps on the scene slowly, (and you almost feel a bit late), nonetheless, this one, representing the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, the Creator of all, the Almighty God, the Son of man, the Son of God, Jesus Christ – lifted up His hands. And all the demons and the devil fell instantly to the ground.

There was no strength in the one who was chained and thrown around from the sin. There was no faith, there was only, almost death.

It is not written in God’s word only once, but it is written twice, (once in Isaiah and also Matthew 12:20), “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,…”

Yes, Jesus came and raised his hands and the demons fell.

It was just a skit, but it was a picture of the true – Jesus raised both His arms out and suffered all of the punishment for every and  all sin. He suffered so that he didn’t even appear a man. I am sure that we could not have looked at Him, it was more awful than any of us could ever even imagine. But He willingly surrendered, and He willingly  took it all, so that we might live, and live forever in Him.

But this was not the end – how could it be? But it wasn’t good, somehow  Satan gathered strength again and instructed the demons to rise and they did, and quickly grabbed hold of the one still in chains.

This portrayal, most possibly is the story of someone you know, someone you care deeply about, someone you are praying for, today. The victory over sin has not come, it seems as if there is only defeat.

Jesus instructed us to pray to “Our Father…”, and to pray “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done…” And Lord, we have learned that, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”    2 Peter 3:9. We are to pray, ‘lead us not into temptation and deliver us from the evil one…’ So, Lord, we pray, today, “bring a great deliverance Lord, lead them not into temptation and bring a great deliverance from the evil one.”

Then what? After we pray,  should we give up hope? It is tempting to do so, I must admit. Especially if we cannot see any change.

But we must never give up. Because in that Matthew 12:20 verse, about God not giving up on even just a smoldering wick, He will not snuff it out. Instead He breathes His breath of life on it, and the verse continues,

“till He sends forth justice to victory.” And Matthew 12:21 encourages us in what we are to do,
And in His name Gentiles will trust.”

Yes, ‘In His Name, ‘all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23).

So, “Lord, in the name of Jesus we pray. Because in You God, there  is a power beyond all things. In Your name, Jesus, You have the power to work great wonders. Isn’t it true God, that You are able to even ‘restore the years the swarming locust has eaten?’ And isn’t it true that God, Your love never fails? You are love, and Your love never ends, Your love never gives up, Your love always believes all things.”

“God, fill our hearts with your love so we never cease to pray – and we will wait and believe and trust in Your Name.”

So, what was the end of the skit? You might be asking, after all of this time. The battle, the struggle was finally won in Jesus, in His very Name. Yes, the skit ended on this note, that, ‘God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,…” Pil. 2:10,11.

The demons and even the devil bowed down to Him!

And because ‘Yours is the kingdom and the Power’, you and I will continue to pray in and trust in  His great Name, because in the Name of Jesus, victory may be found. It is possible with God. We will not lose heart, we will wait for a great deliverance, in His Name.

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Author: tonirypkema

Wife to 1, mother of 11, daughter of 1. "The most amazing woman in the world." -Jared (son)

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