Today you should read: Revelation 8:6-9:21
This is WAR
Interpreting “end times” events can be difficult. It is hard to make sense of the ordering, of the events, of the symbolism vs. the reality. So, many times I like to ask the question, “What can I know with certainty from what God has revealed here?” The rest, I will leave up to God.
What we can know with absolute certainty in our verses, today, is, THIS IS WAR! God is the victorious One, who holds all control. There is a horrific enemy, named Satan, and he has an army of demons who aim to steal, kill, and destroy.
We see the release of Satan and his demons, in our passage, and when they are released the only thing they bring is evil. Only evil.
Church, Satan hates you. He wants to kill you. He wants to destroy your faith. He wants to destroy your future. He wants to destroy your family. He wants to render you ineffective in anything that brings glory to Jesus. He hates you. He hates God.
I recently listened to C.S. Lewis’ book, The Screwtape Letters, on audio. One thing I was taken back by is how unaware I am on a day-to-day basis of how the spiritual forces of evil are working in my life to destroy it. To destroy any traces of Christ in me. I can easily attribute hardship to circumstance, or emotion, or even to others. But rarely do I acknowledge the spiritual forces out to kill me. And if I don’t recognize them, I wont fight them. If I don’t recognize the forces and effects of the evil one, I won’t be forced to depend completely on the Holy One.
Church we need to recognize what’s happening here. What’s at stake. Who our enemy is. What he is doing to destroy us. As Ephesians 6 tells us, we must not remain unaware of Satan’s schemes. We must fight back with the tools God has given us (Bible memorization, prayer, obedience, church involvement, etc.). It’s time for us to fight the battle.
Here is a question we can ask yourself, today:
How has Satan actively been trying to destroy your faith, family, & future?
- Will you fight back through the means God has given you?
- Who do you need to involve in your life to help jumpstart this fight?
- How will you live “aware” of Satan’s schemes?
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione