What do you think of when you hear the word “eclipsed”? Most of us would think about a lunar or solar eclipse. In fact one definition does refer to eclipsed as one celestial body obscuring the light from another celestial body. . . like the sun and the moon. You knew that, right?
We could also see it when a storm blows up quickly and causes the beautiful blue sky to be eclipsed by the downpour of showers.
Synonyms would include block, obscure, hide, and conceal, outshine, overshadow, and transcend.
Maybe you are wondering where I am going with all this. Let me get to it. All these synonyms excite me when I think about who we are in Christ and what we can embrace from the work of God on our behalf through the Cross.
Think about it when you read 2 Thess. 3:3 and 1 John 5:18. What these verses say to me are we are eclipsed by the power of the Holy Spirit. He stands and over shadows any work of the enemy.
The New Living Translation in 2 Thessalonians 3:3 says “But the Lord is faithful; he will make you strong and guard you from the evil one.” And in 1 John 5:18, “We know that those have become part of God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot get his hands on them.”
Of course, the enemy of our soul is real, but the only power he has is what we allow him to have. The battleground where he engages us is in our minds. But beloved, the prince of darkness, can never block the light of God within us. He simply doesn’t have the power of eclipse. Our God outshines, overshadows, and transcends anything the devil tries to throw at us. Remember he may see us, but according to God’s Word, he can’t reach us because we are eclipsed by the Glory of God.
Our part in dealing with the times we feel we are under the enemy’s attack is to resist him. We are also empowered to bring every thought captive and pull down every stronghold. When we believe and embrace who we are in Christ, we win and the enemy loses.
~~~~From my to yours~~~~Andrea