I am reminded of the famous picture from the old story called Gulliver’s Travels written by Jonathan Swift. Do you remember seeing a huge giant lying flat on his back, tied down by tiny ropes that looked to be the thickness of dental floss? At the end of each little rope was a man about the size of the giant’s eyelash. The miniature men were trying to hold captive their massive prisoner. Whenever I see that picture, I want to tell the big guy, “Just stand up.” As an onlooker it is easy to process all the proportions and how much more strength that colossal man has compared to his apprehenders. All he has to do is decide to stand up, and those mini ropes will pop off, allowing him to walk free.
What do a giant and minuscule men have to do with you and me? Well, when Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again, He defeated Satan once and for all. When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and personal Savior, we became His children. Not His helpless, weak, and passive children . . . no, He gave us authority. Authority over our enemy.
Ephesians 6:12 tells us that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. But in those same heavenly realms, God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father in heavenly realms (Ephesians 1:20), and God raised us up and seated us with Him in Christ Jesus.
In 1 John 4:4, we learn that GREATER is He that is in us than he that is the world. Because of Jesus’s blood, the enemy is a defeated foe in our lives (Revelations 12:11). Defeated from fear, poverty, sickness, and worry.
The enemy wants to put his cobweb-like lies on us. How are you going to accomplish what God has asked you to do? he taunts. You really think your husband is ever going to change? What are you going to do if your parenting fails and these kids just rebel anyway? Whatcha gonna do if you lose your job? As we hear these thoughts, we get to choose. We can take them captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) with what God says, or we can entertain them, mull them over, and allow his jeering to become part of our thinking. One doubt at a time, one nagging, peace-stealing frustration at time—just like those tiny ropes—we can remain in a horizontal position held down by what seems to be a huge, heavy, life-sucking constraint. He wants us to think that we can’t move when the truth is we can choose to stand and brush off his wimpy attempts at immobilizing us.
Jesus paid too great of a price for us not to stand and take all that He has given us: the enjoyment of our lives. And out of that enjoyment and peace, we can help others stand. We are more than conquers, my friends (Romans 8:37). Jesus has provided all we need (2 Peter 1:3). Let’s choose to walk in our full giant-sized height today.