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Intimidation is the Devil's Trick to Make You Exhausted & Defeated

 

Intimidation is the devil’s weapon. He uses it to make you weak and exhausted. He rears his ugly head to wreak havoc in your life. Sometimes your reaction is to lie down in the middle of the road and let him run all over you. You can hardly sleep at night thinking about all the problems. When that happens, the devil has you just where he wants you. Exhaustion will keep you from making good decisions. You can’t pray effectively and get into God’s Word. Without prayer and God’s Word you will become weak and defeated.

Hezekiah, one of Judah’s good kings, allowed intimidation to rule him (you can read the entire story in 2 Kings 18 & 19). When Sennacherib, King of Assyria demanded eleven tons of silver and one ton of gold, King Hezekiah used all the silver stored in the Temple of the Lord and in the palace treasury. Hezekiah even stripped the gold from the doors of the Lord’s Temple and from the doorposts he had overlaid with gold, and he gave it all to the Assyrian king.

Sennacherib had conquered several cities in Judah and to stop his attacks, Hezekiah compromised hoping to make him go away. But you see, the devil doesn’t just go away. In fact, when you bow to him, he just comes back harder. Look at these words spoken by Sennacherib’s Chief of Staff to all the people of Judah:

“…Don’t let Hezekiah deceive you. He will never be able to rescue you from my power. Don’t let him fool you into trusting in the Lord by saying, ‘The Lord will surely rescue us. This city will never fall into the hands of the Assyrian king!

 

It’s time to end the cycle of intimidation now! God is always working on your behalf even when you are asleep.

 

When Hezekiah received this message, he tore his clothes in anguish. However, he rose above intimidation and trusted in the Lord. He went to Isaiah, the Prophet for help. Here is what Isaiah said (I LOVE this):

Say to your master, ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not be disturbed by this blasphemous speech against me from the Assyrian king’s messengers. Listen! I myself will move against him, and the king will receive a message that he is needed at home. So he will return to his land, where I will have him killed with a sword.

Don’t ever surrender to intimidation! Seek the Lord. He always has a Word in due season. The devil might be messing with you now making you believe everything is falling apart. Not so! Hezekiah’s situation looked bleak but God had a mighty deliverance planned! Keep reading.

What follows is more words of intimidation directly from Sennacherib. He brags of how he has crushed many cities and how Hezekiah and his people will experience the same fate. Hezekiah cries out to God in prayer and God again answers through the Prophet Isaiah. We learn that the ONLY reason Sennacherib defeated those other nations is because GOD used him to bring judgment on them. GOD is behind his success although Sennacherib doesn’t know this.

 

Intimidation is the devil’s weapon. He uses it to make you weak and exhausted.

 

Long ago I planned it,
    and now I am making it happen.
I planned for you to crush fortified cities
    into heaps of rubble.

Now look closely at what happens!

That night the angel of the Lord went out to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers. When the surviving Assyrians woke up the next morning, they found corpses everywhere.

Can you imagine waking up to thousands of dead bodies? Those that survived never heard a thing!

That was the end of the conflict between Hezekiah and Sennacherib. And, it happened when everyone was asleep!

That was the end of Sennacherib. Isaiah’s words came true. He returned to his own country and got killed with a sword by his own sons.

It’s time to end the cycle of intimidation now! God is always working on your behalf even when you are asleep. Determine to enter into this blessed promise found in Psalm 127:2:

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. 

In other words, it is God’s design for you to get a good night’s rest. It is not His will for you to lie awake all night wondering what to do when faced with challenges. God already knows what to do. Go to sleep and let Him handle it. While you are softly snoring, He will slay those challenges just as he did 185,000 Assyrian soldiers.  

Visit this link for more verses on getting a good night’s rest.

Love,

Karin

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