Monday, May 30, 2011


Last week I posted the lyrics from the hymn, "A Mighty Fortress is Our God."

Powerful words.

And the words that seemed to resonate with people were these:

The Prince of Darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo, his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

These words thrilled me too.

And I got to thinking (thinking seems to happen to me from time to time).

I wonder what that *one little word* is that will fell our ancient enemy…

I could think of many phrases –

Get thee behind me.

Be still.

It is written.

Go take a hike…

All those phrases, and many more, would be effective to rebuke the devil – to resist and repel him.

But what would *fell* him?

First of all, I am not the one who will do the felling. There is only One mighty enough to do that. He is the coming King…

…Faithful and True.

So what might He say?

I think the *one little word* might be –


I read this wonderful Christian fiction book a few weeks ago (The Redeemer, by Linda Rios Brook). In it, she tells the whole life story of Jesus on this earth, as seen through the eyes of a "junior" demon.

It is vivid.

The scene that sticks out in my mind is right after Jesus has been flogged. Lucifer is also present at this moment. He has been desperately trying to get Jesus killed before He reaches the cross.

The soldiers lift Jesus to His feet, and then they let go of Him.

And He stands.

He looks up at Satan, through a bloody and swollen face. And He says this:

"Is that all you’ve got?"

(Just gives me goosebumps...)

It was the beginning of the end for our enemy. And he knew it. A few short hours later, our Lord uttered the fateful words, "It is finished."

And that was the moment when the enemy's "…doom was sure."

There is coming a day when Jesus arrives back on this earth. A day when He looks at the travesty of religion. A day when He observes the havoc that evil has wreaked. The day when He will end the ravages of sin a day when every knee shall bow.

A day when He looks the enemy straight in the eye and says…


Satan knows he's on borrowed time. That’s why he's so busy.

Because he knows there's a day of reckoning coming. A day when his hated enemy, Jesus, will utter just one little word…

…and he will be gone in one fell swoop.

I know it, too – and so today I'm claiming Jesus' ultimate, indisputable victory.

Today I'm saying to all my worries, fears, temptations, angers, misgivings, doubts – all the distractions of living on the sin side of eternity…


(Linked today with Wendy at Faith's Firm Foundation for Mondays are G.R.E.A.T.)

BLOG = "Blessedly Leaning On God!"


  1. Powerful word, Sharon. With all life's trials, temptations, tragedies we know that someday Jesus will return and say, "enough!"


  2. I think our thoughts are side by side lately. This was a strong post, one that I will come back and re-read. BTW, I love the style you write in... I'm such a one liner, and bottom line person. I always get that here, so I can remember the points you've made. It's good clear solid truth!


  3. that sounds like an interesting book, Sharon; I'll have to look into it.

    I like your word "enough". I think that is such an appropriate one indeed for when the enemy is finally and totally defeated once and for all. You are right, he is on borrowed time and he knows it indeed.

    I hope you have a restful wonderful day!


  4. Hi Sharon -

    This message rocks from the ROCK. It sure stirred my soul juices.

    Thank you for this deep post. It packs a powerful punch.

    A resounding victory shout on this, lady.

    To GOD be the glory!

  5. Hi Sharon -

    Thank you for your helpful comments on my blog tonight.

  6. Amen and Amen! And thanks for linking up, Sharon.

  7. Hi Sharon,
    Thank you, I don't know what has happened with Kerrie, I cannot access her blog this morning either. Think lots of prayers needed. Love Nita.

  8. Hi Sharon,

    Did post the above comment on my blog, in answer to yours, but thought you may not see it there.
    Sometimes at the moment, it does seem Satan has the upper hand, may I, may Kerrie, may all of us, tell him, in the Power of Christ. ENOUGH

  9. For some reason, this comment did not post from my dear friend, Peggy. So I am re-posting it!

    Peggy (mazmagi) said...
    Blessings Sharon... One little word!

    And the WORD was made flesh...


    Prepare yourself for my lengthy response:

    "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1

    Though I do believe HE would say, I AM...

    I thought you may enjoy this (not mine):
    ""God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1). With a beautiful reminder of that truth, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" gives us hope amidst the struggles of life. The words, written nearly five hundred years ago, still ring true today: When life storms blow in around us, we can find refuge in the mighty fortress of our God.

    In this hymn we also find words of battle. We're reminded of our "ancient foe"--the devil who constantly strives to pull us down. And haven't we all felt the harshness of Satan's attacks? He often strikes at our weakest point, telling us lies and tempting us to give in to despair and sin. He's a formidable enemy.

    But he's also a doomed enemy. And in the strains of "A Mighty Fortress," we find hope that Satan won't triumph. We're fighting on the right side. And we will win the battle. But not because of our own strength--as the hymn so elequently says, "our striving would be losing." No, the victory is ours only when we turn to the mighty fortress, to the command of Jesus Christ.

    So the next time you're surrounded by stormy weather, when Satan's attacks spark fear, pain, or indecision, remember the words of our hymn. And instead of trying to win the battle with your own feeble efforts, turn instead to the mighty fortress. When you put your struggles in the hands of God, you can be confident that you'll survive the battle."

    Center for Church Music

    But this one is much more specific in its answer:
    Which is God's Omnipotent Word?

    And surprisingly to me and maybe you, this one confirms my choice:
    Hymns as Poetry
    (need to advance to the stanza)

    Hope you like my research. You know I love this and put them together and we have the aMazing Truth and WORD: Jesus! There is something about that Name: Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!

    Love ya'

  10. I so love this one! Goosebumps GALORE! I love your choice of word, and I also love that it doesn't even *matter* WHAT the word is, but just that He has the POWER to utter just one. single. word. and end it all. PRAISE THE LORD!

  11. Joan - Trials, temptations, tragedies - yes, this life is full of all that. And yet, God's Word brings us comfort, and one day His *word* will end all evil.

    Sonja - Oh, thank you. I just feel thrilled when I think of the power behind Jesus' authority. How His word will stop the devil - forever! Oh, how I love Him, and how I thank Him for taking care of me.

    Betty - Actually, it's the 4th book in her series, The Reluctant Demon. I really enjoyed them a lot. A little creative license - but I enjoyed a fictional look "behind the scenes" so to speak. But this last book, about Jesus, was really thrilling. I just thought of what I'd like to hear Him say to the devil - I thought "Enough!" pretty much summed it up!

    Sandra - I just love when I stir your soul juices, friend!! Don't you just love how Jesus doesn't even need to fight? He just speaks, and victory is won! (Looks like your comments are working again??)

    Wendy - Glad you liked this, and it's my pleasure to link up with you. I actually remembered this week on my own!! LOL

    Nita - Yes, I will be praying for all of us as we battle the devil. He is strong, but "greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world." If you speak with Kerrie - please tell her I miss her and hope she and her family are doing well.

    Peggy - I love how you pointed out that Jesus is THE WORD. It's so true! It was Jesus who closed the book on the enemy. His life became the "word" that ended the reign of sin and death. Praise our Savior!!

    Jennie - You are SO right. It doesn't matter what the word is - it's the power of the Sovereign One, the authority He holds over ALL things - that's the thrilling thing!! I agree - PRAISE THE LORD!



"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

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