|When the Devil's Won the Day - #8415|
|A Life That Matters - Radio Program|
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
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It was one of the darkest days of the Civil War for the Northern Army. The Confederate Army launched a surprise attack on the Union encampment on the Tennessee River. Ten thousand of Grant’s army were killed, captured or wounded in one day. General Sherman came to Grant to recommend a retreat across the river until he saw the determined look on the general’s face.
Recovering from a fall from his horse, General Grant was leaning on a crutch, holding a lantern, rain dripping from the brim of his hat. Sherman decided to ease into his retreat idea by saying, “Well, Grant, we’ve had the devil’s own day of it, haven’t we?” General Grant answered quietly, “Yes, we have. Lick ‘em tomorrow though.” And the next day he threw his entire force at the Confederates and won the biggest Union victory of the year-old war. One Confederate author wrote, “The South never smiled after Shiloh”
I’m Ron Hutchcraft and this really isn’t about the North, the South or that particular battle. It’s about an important spiritual principle for any embattled listener today. When the devil seems to be winning the day, don’t even think about retreating. Respond with a holy defiance that says, “Yeah, I’ve taken some hits. Lick ‘em tomorrow though!” Or in the Bible’s words: “Put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything to stand” (Ephesians 6:13 ).
Your enemy’s trying to take back ground that Jesus has gained in your life. Defy him in Jesus’ name and stand your ground!
This radio program references: Ephesians 6:13