…he was filled with rage against Mordecai…. (Esther 5:9).
Sometimes the devil is filled with rage towards us. It’s part of his nature to target those who stand strong for God. In the biblical story of Esther, commentators liken Haman to the devil. His hatred of the Jews and desire to annihilate them show that his heart is bent on absolute and pure evil. His fury only rages even more because Mordecai does not bow down before him.
The devil gets angry when we stop bowing down to him as well. When we give up paying homage to fear, control, anxiety, pride, lust, and divisiveness he goes into a state of absolute fury against us. We then become his target. We need not fear that, for truly, we wear the victors crown, but we certainly need to be ready.
It angers me that the devil has made me one of his targets, but I know that as I hold fast in faith, not bowing down to him in order to stop the persecution, but abiding in my Lord, that I wear the victors crown. Haman was eventually hung on the gallows that he has prepared for Mordecai and the devil will be hung in a similar manner if we choose to hold fast to the Lord Jesus.
The devil wins when we lay down our weapons and give up the fight. When we become weary, anxious and fearful it’s far too easy to slip onto a bended knee before him. This is why we need the supernatural power of God alive in us. The power of the risen Christ within us that fights our battles with us and for us. As we rest with God, submitting our thoughts, feelings, and attitudes towards Jesus, we rise from the ashes and start standing from with the risen Christ in our victory.
If you’re going through a season of persecution know that you have the victory in Christ and that with Him you are an overcomer. Praise God that nothing the devils throws at your can or will destroy you. Truly, Jesus takes dead things and restores them back to the fullness of life. For those who hold fast in His love, He has a new song He’s writing in their hearts. One that sings out to the devil t that nothing can separate us from the love of God.
Lord, I am your beloved. Although the devil rages against me I choose to abide in your love. I don’t always do this perfectly. In fact, sometimes I do bow down to him, but today I will stand firm. I want to stand firm. I want to be free from His lies. I will not fear for you are with me and you fight my battles, in Jesus name, Amen.