Gain in Satan’s hindrance – part 2
When we experience disappointments as Apostle Paul did, it is usually for a reason. First, he clearly recognised that it was “Satan (that) hindered us.” He also knew that it was because “a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries” (1 Corinthians 16:9). He therefore pleaded: “Brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1).
Our prayer can remove the hindrances of Satan. When the believer prays in our Saviour’s name, it is the same as if the Lord Jesus Himself was making the request to the Father. Prayer changes things. Prayer makes a seemingly helpless minority to become a mighty force that can influence the destiny of nations.
A servant of God has written: “Prayer has divided seas, rolled up flowing rivers, made flinty rocks gush into fountains, quenched flames of fire, muzzled lions, disarmed vipers and poisons, marshaled the stars against the wicked, stopped the course of the moon, arrested the rapid sun in its great race, burst open iron gates, recalled souls from eternity, conquered the strongest devils, and commanded legions of angels down from heaven. Prayer has bridled and changed the raging passions of man, and routed and destroyed vast armies of proud, daring blustering atheists. Prayer has brought one man from the bottom of the sea, and carried another in a chariot of fire to heaven. What has not prayer done?” Satan cannot hurt, halt or effectively hinder the work of God if we pray.
“But Satan hindered us.” “Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica” (2 Timothy 4:10). Satan and Demas would have done “much evil” in Thessalonica but God overruled Satan and the backslider. God instructed Paul to commit the message into writing. What was the result? Paul joyfully told the believers in that city: “Your faith groweth exceedingly… in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure” (2 Thessalonians 1:3,4). The written Epistle has even resulted in greater glory to God and much spiritual blessing to generations of believers and to us, today. Harnessing the printed page for the gospel always defeats Satan’s plans to hinder the salvation of sinners or to hinder the growth of Christians. The written Word knows no fear. It never tires, but works 24 hours a day, even while the preachers and the printers sleep and rest. It is never discouraged, but will tell its story over and over again.
The written Word is more permanent than the human voice. It continues to speak and make its message plain after audible words have been forgotten and lost. It is immune to all disease and Satan’s hindrance. The shortest paragraph may be used by God as the stone in David’s sling. In the hands of Christ, it may bring down a giant soul. The written (and the recorded) Word can penetrate so deeply, witness so daringly, abide so persistently and influence so irresistibly where ministers and missionaries may not reach. Satan thought he had successfully hindered Apostle Paul, but God used the written word to speak loudest to the suffering believers there.
Further Reading (King James Version): 1 Thessalonians 2:18; 3:1,2; Acts 17:13,14; 1 Corinthians 4:17-20; Ephesians 6:21-24; Philippians 2:19-24; Colossians 4:7-9; 1 Timothy 1:3,18-20; Titus 1:4,5; 2 Timothy 2:2-9; 1 Thessalonians 2:18; Ephesians 6:18-20; 2 Thessalonians 3:1,2; Romans 15:30-32; 2 Corinthians 1:11,15,16; Colossians 4:2-4; Philemon 21-23; Hebrews 13:18,19; Acts 26:19-23; 1 Thessalonians 2:18; 5:27,28; Jeremiah 36:1-6,26-28; Luke 1:1-4; Galatians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 3:14-16; 2 Peter 3:1,2; 1 John 2:1,12-17; Revelation 1:9-11.
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