Friday, November 6, 2009

"Wishing They Could Get Up"

I once heard it said that there are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ whom Satan hates to see get out of bed in the mornings because of the harm they do to his nefarious purposes.
I am sure there is truth in this, but I wonder if there are those whom our enemy wishes would get out of their beds.

"The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness" (Psalm 41:3).

Prayers offered from the strong and active spirits of those whose physical bodies have been stilled are a mighty weapon of the Holy Spirit. When a suffering saint refuses to succumb to despair, but "rises up" on his bed to call upon God's involvement in the world, our Lord doubtless reveals Himself in ways that will only be known in Heaven. "God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty" (I Corinthians 1:27).

Those of us who can move about can be sure that we are the beneficiaries of the prayers of brothers and sisters who cannot. More importantly, our ministries to others are doubtless fueled by prayers offered from those whose are not able to be on the front lines of spiritual conflict. Actually, the trenches of prayer may well be the front lines of spiritual conflict, and perhaps those of us who openly move about are actually advancing on fields of battle whereupon victory has already been won by some saint who has shredded our spiritual enemies from the sickbed. Yes, our foe may well wish that such ones would be enabled by God to get out of their "bed of languishing" that has become a high and strategic vantage point from which great devastation is wrought upon Satan in the power of Christ.

"And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."
(II Corinthians 12:10)

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