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Seeds of the Kingdom

Delivered From Every Evil Attack

by Dean Gardner

19 January 2016

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But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen
2 Timothy 4:17-18, ESV

Near the end of a week, when I’d felt particularly under attack by the powers of darkness, I took our small dog, Sid, in the car to the seafront for a late afternoon walk. Being early December it was dark by the time I parked the car in a deserted car park next to the promenade.

As I lifted Sid out of the car I saw a woman cross the car park with a powerful looking dog on an extendable leash. She continued on to the promenade, and I took Sid by a different route, avoiding her and her dog. Suddenly I heard a dog barking and turned to see the woman's dog charging towards us pulling his leash behind him. Obviously he’d pulled it out of his owner’s hand.

I was grateful to see that he actually had a muzzle on, but when he reached us he began a violent attack, charging at and mauling Sid, and also me, as I tried to shield Sid by picking him up. When the owner eventually arrived she finally managed to get hold of the leash again and pull her dog away.

I believe that, had that dog not been muzzled, Sid would probably have been killed, and I might have been seriously injured. The attack of that dog in that dark car park seemed to be a physical manifestation of the spiritual assaults I’d experienced that week. As I thought about that later, I felt the Lord say to me, “Yes, Satan is vicious, just like that dog, but he too is muzzled”.

In Colossians 2:15 we read that, through Jesus’ victory over sin and death on the cross, God ‘disarmed the rulers and authorities of darkness and put them to open shame’. They will still attack us, but, as we abide in Christ, we’re protected and kept safe in Him.

Perhaps you feel you’re going through a battle with spiritual darkness in your walk with the Lord at the moment. Take courage that He who delivered Paul from every attack of the evil one, from the mouth of the lion, is able to deliver you also, as you stand in Him and call upon His name.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, Your name is a strong tower. Help me to always run to You, and to stand in Your mighty power against every scheme of Satan. Thank You that You have already defeated him on the cross, and that, in You, I’m more than a conqueror. Amen.

Dean Gardner worked part time in the Ellel Grange Ministry Office for four and a half years until October 2018 and is now part of the Associate teaching and ministry team. He now lives in Norfolk with his wife Gemma. In 1988 he experienced God`s amazing grace at a carol service and began a journey of restoration and healing with Jesus. He longs to continue that journey allowing God`s truth to change his own life but also to share that truth with others that they too might know Jesus for themselves.


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