In 2 Kings 18-19 the King of Assyria is using psychological warfare against God’s people. He is reminding them how he has devastated nation after nation and how each nation’s “gods” have been insufficient to stop him. He warns King Hezekiah and God’s people not to be deceived into thinking that the God of Israel will protect them. The Assyrian king assumes that the God of Israel and His people will fall before him or be miserably defeated just like all the rest.
Well he assumed wrong! The Assyrian king and the Assyrian army never even stepped foot in Jerusalem. They paid a high price for underestimating the power of God and rebelling against His authority.
The enemy uses psychological warfare in your mind as well, doesn’t he? He whispers things like this: “The problems are just too big. The addiction is just too strong. The temptation is just too powerful. The struggle just isn’t worth it. Others have failed, so will you. Not even God can help you now.” The “father of lies” constantly and continually bombards your thinking and seeks to defeat you before the battle ever begins. However, take a moment and listen to God’s response to the King of Assyria:
“Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into this city or shoot an arrow there, or come before it with a shield or cast up a siege mound against it. By the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come into this city, declares the Lord. For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David.”
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). When YOU and I walk in obedience as a result of our faith in God and His Word, the enemy fails and falters each and every time. However, when we listen to his “psychological” warfare, filled with lies about God’s insufficiency and inability, we are “ripe for the picking.” If the enemy can defeat us in our minds then he has already won the battle.
We must know the Truth, believe the Truth and live out the Truth by faith. Satan is called the “father of lies” for a reason! Just remember, it is the truth that sets us free (see John 8:32)! Read, memorize, love, act upon and rest in the TRUTH and you can experience victory in every area of life.