Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short."
– Revelation 12:10-12
There are three great opponents that every Christian must contend with: the world, the flesh, and the devil. These all compete for dominance in our lives and are opposed to what God declares to be true, right and good. This often causes us trouble because our flesh (the sinful nature) is eager to fit in with the world, follow sinful cravings of the flesh, and readily deceived by the propaganda of the devil. Jesus tells us that in the world we will have trouble, but that we should take heart because He has overcome the world (John 16:33).
Our Scripture let’s us know that Satan is already a defeated foe. The Kingdom of God, the authority of Christ and His salvation have been established – and the gates of hell will not prevail against it! In these last days, the world, the flesh, and the devil are fine-tuning their accusations against believers in God’s truth. Romans chapter one teaches us that we deal with people who have depraved minds (full of wickedness, evil, greed, envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice. They are God-haters, insolent, arrogant, boastful, senseless, faithless, heartless and ruthless). The devil knows that his time is short and he’s pulling out all of the stops in his attempt to prove God’s salvation untrue and to defeat believers.
God’s Word teaches us how to overcome such an onslaught of evil – by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony! On Christ the Solid Rock we stand! The only reason we can be victorious in this battle is because Christ shed His blood for our salvation and gave us His own Righteousness. We could never stand in our own worthiness, so we overcome by the Blood of the Lamb! And, we have a testimony. We are trusting in the promises of God, who receives sinners that come to Him in sincere faith and repentance. We testify that, once we were opposed to God and His truth. We aligned ourselves with Satan. But then, God caused His Light to shine in our lives and we now believe that the truth is in Christ Jesus. The world, the flesh and the devil oppose this truth, but they cannot overcome it. “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.
- Praise God for giving us the victory over the world, the flesh and the devil, through Christ Jesus.
- Join our 6:00pm Thursday night prayer team (in prayer if not in person).
- Revisit the time when you first believed and trusted Christ. Thank God for your testimony.
- Pray for the Good News families of the week: Kathleen Bauman (Grant), Bonnie Bitetti (Samantha, Denny, Chris), Mike & Heidi Bitterman (Becka, Liz).
- Ask God to give you holy boldness to resist the devil and His schemes by the Blood of the Lamb.
- Ask God to help you write down a personal testimony of what, how and why you believe in Him?
- Join in with our Sunday prayer services to pray for God’s presence and blessing.
- Praise God for the gift of His Righteousness that covers all of our sin.
- Attend “In Touch” Prayer meeting at GNCC at 10:30am or join in prayer at that time.
- Pray that God will give us power to demolish strongholds, arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.
- Pray that we all will take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Faith Challenge: Share your testimony with someone this week. Invite them to Sunday School, Worship or Power Team!