Today’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 11:1-14:20
How many fights did you have in 2013?
Who were they with?
What were they about?
Did you win or lose?
Did you win the battle and lose the war?
I can’t imagine what John must have thought and felt when he received the visions that later became the book of Revelation. I wonder if he really understood the spiritual battle between good and evil, heaven and hell, God and Satan before God let him peek behind the curtain?
There’s really only one battle in this world and it’s not with family, friend, or foe; it’s with the enemy of our souls. If we could fully grasp what John is telling us in Revelation we would change our fighting strategy and direct every ounce of our fighting power at the source of all anger, frustration, trials and troubles–Satan and his even schemes.
Revelation 12:11 shows us four things we must do to fight and win this spiritual battle that constantly affects our physical world:
- Understand, accept and proclaim the fact that Jesus Christ came to this earth and shed His blood to make us a winner
- Believe that somehow God will use every tough place and fiery trial we go through for His Glory and our good
- Tell others about the tough places and times our God has brought us through
- Value eternal life and winning this spiritual battle more than our short time on this earth
This is a tall order. I guess it explains why so many Christian people live defeated lives; we aren’t prepared to fight.
Friends, as we come to the end this one year study of God’s Word and the year 2013, let’s determine to be different in 2014, let’s get focused on the real enemy, prepare for a fight and expect to win!
Heavenly Father, forgive us for being so worldly, for allowing ourselves to be deceived by our real enemy. Holy Spirit, show us how to fight and win for the Glory of Your Kingdom! Help us to realize our testimony scares the enemy and sends him running! Give us the courage to be bold in this new year! Thank you for sending Your Son!
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 15:1-18:24