In 2 Kings 7 we read of the 4 lepers who decide to chance it and give themselves up to the enemy (verse 3 on). They discovered the enemy was only perceived, because when they got to the enemy camp as verse 5 says “no one was there”, it was deserted, and so these the weakest of men looted it (verse 8) and led the way to victory and deliverance (verse 16).
The lepers and their experience is a picture of what we should experience. We are told our enemy Satan walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour ( 1 Peter 5:8). In terms of his power, he is only a perceived enemy having been completely disarmed and rendered powerless through the work of cross.
Colossians 2:14-15 say of Jesus:
14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
Satan and all principalities and powers have been disarmed, triumphed over and defeated.
If we walk in faith, in ourselves we may be as weak as those lepers, and though our enemy makes a lot of noise, roars and intimidates us with threats and fear, if we push ahead against him, like the Syrian army we’ll find “no one was there”. All his threats and intimidation are just noise, smoke and mirrors with no power behind them.
However weak we are, we need not be intimidated by the enemy who through his roaring, threats and intimidation wants us to believe he is powerful. He only has power if we let him, if we believe he does, if we perceive it exists. If we play into his hand and believe his lies.
However weak we are, and however much noise Satan makes, however much he roars, threatens and intimidates us, if we move and push ahead in faith against him we’ll find ” no one was there” !