This once-prosperous town was now a ghost of its former self. The big factory that had fuelled the growth and prosperity of the city had been closed for years now. The population suffered bitterly, with no work to do. But a movement was afoot to remedy the situation, as a group of believers took it upon themselves to pray life back into the dead city! They fasted and prayed over the city and its people. One morning, the people woke up to an unusual sight: A naked man was stranded at the top of the long chimney of the factory.
They managed to get the man down and asked how he got up there and why he was naked. The man narrated that he was a part of a group of sorcerers who were responsible for the factory shutting down. He said that every year, they would renew the covenant they had made against the factory, and the night before, he had gone to the factory to renew the covenant. But as he finished his business and was about to fly back to his house, he suddenly lost all his occult powers and landed at the top of the chimney, naked.
Colossians 2:13-14 says “When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had [l]disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through [m]Him.” (NASB)
WOW!!! What we’re told in this passage of Scriptures is powerfully illustrated by what happened in that town! Evil decrees were made against the factory, its workers and the entire city by evil rulers and authorities of the occult, until the day the Lord Jesus arose and nailed their decrees to the cross and literally made a public display of them by arresting one of them upon that chimney!!!
Brethren, understand who you are in Christ! Understand the meaning of the finished work of the Cross! In that work, the Lord took care of EVERY possible evil that the devil and his people can do in this universe! Any decrees, incantations, agreements, sacrifices, etc., made against a believer has already been nailed to the Cross the moment The Lord pronounced that IT IS FINISHED! (John 19:30)
So why does this finished work not seem to be evident in the lives of believers? Why do so many believers still suffer under the weight of various forms of oppression? It is because we fail to act on it! We fail to do what we need to do in order for it to work in our lives. That’s one powerful lesson that can be learned from the story of the factory: As long as no one called on the Lord to apply His finished work unto that city, the city remained dead! Someone had to pray that the finished work of the Cross be applied to the situation the city was undergoing. GOD HAS DONE HIS PART, WE MUST DO OURS!!! He has made a provision for destroying the works of evil, but we must now make use of the provision ourselves!
Here’s a crucial thing to understand about Christianity: When a person becomes saved, the finished work of the Cross does not automatically go to work on its own to destroy the various bad conditions that the person has been dealing with. Rather after becoming saved, the believer is expected to begin to apply BY FAITH the truth of the finished work to the various issues in his own life. This is why ‘faith without works is dead’. The believer must now begin to put his faith to work by applying his faith to the various areas of his life, and believe in the Lord to help make them better.
By faith the group of believers called on the Lord Jesus to heal their city. By faith they invoked the fact that according to the Scriptures, whatever was killing their town had already been taken care of on the Cross! And because they set out to stand on that belief, the power in the finished work was released upon the issue they were dealing with, and it was destroyed!
So brother, sister, I don’t care what it is that you might be dealing with, begin to call upon the fact that The Lord has already destroyed that issue on the Cross! By faith in the finished work of the Cross, tell that issue that it cannot remain in your life! As you stand on this belief and release your faith into it, it WILL be destroyed!
Another crucial lesson from the story of the factory is that WE HAVE A JOB TO DO! People are suffering all around us, being shackled and tormented by the devil. As long as no one prayed about the situation in that town, the situation remained. And as long as you and I do not pray about the situations around us, they will remain. How tragic!
So child of God, arise and be a son/daughter to your heavenly Father! Be active in taking care of your Father’s business! His business is to make this world better! His business is to heal the sick, set the captives free, make lives better! BUT HE NEEDS YOU TO DO THAT! He needs your prayers. He needs your faith. It is only the prayers of the saints that can release the power of the finished work upon a situation and enable it to reverse the situation!
We’ve all heard that evil prospers where good men do nothing. It’s evermore true that evil prospers where Christians keep quiet! Determine today to do something about the evil and suffering around you! Begin to call upon the Lord to release the power of His finished work upon the bad situations you see in people’s lives. Do your job of helping to set the captives free!
God bless you as you do His work!