Friday, May 9, 2014
May 9: Every knee will bow
As a result God exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow — in heaven and on earth and under the earth — and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11 NET)
One day every knee will bow to the Lord Jesus Christ and acknowledge that He is the only Lord, but only those who put their faith in Him in this life will go on to live with Him for eternity in heaven. Angels, the four living beings around the throne, demons, Satan, believers in God as well as unbelievers, ALL will bow down to Him in recognition of His supreme power. Some will bow down in worship, while others will bow down in utter defeat and weakness, still resistant to any worship of Jesus.
But there is another truth here: right now, Satan and demons have to bow their knees whenever the name of Jesus is spoken by servants bold enough to confront them. Though evil spirits act as if they were all-powerful and as if they can do whatever they want, though they act as if the cross never happened, in truth they are defeated beings with no hope and no future, destined to spend eternity in chains and torment. Only those who do not truly understand the Good News allow them to have control over their lives and families. Enlightened men and women of faith command these forces of darkness to get on their knees and release their hold on them, their family, and their circumstances… while those who are not, allow these defeated beings to act as though they were in control.
May our lives bring glory to God as we live out a spiritually audacious faith — forcing the powers of darkness onto their knees, grabbing a hold of the freedom that Jesus won for us, and living a life that reflects His power and glory.