Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea. (Revelation 12:17 ESV)
MEDITATE AND DIGEST: FAITHFULNESS
Revelation is wrapped in so much mystery and symbolism. Still, some things are clear. In this verse it is clear who the dragon, the enemy of our souls, is fighting.
The children of God who believe in Jesus, faithfully follow Him, and refuse to back down from the Gospel are hated beyond measure and targeted in rage. The enemy would like you to believe that it is God who hates you, but praise the Lord for His Word and the blood of Christ which speaks better things.
Last year, this war got more costly to me than I could ever imagine. I laid my own life down long ago, but on June 21, 2016 the life of my son was stolen in this battle. It was and is a devastating blow to my whole family. Even still, I expect victory here on earth as it is in heaven. Why? Because I know the Victor and the end of the story.
My son belongs to Jesus and he fought and believed for God’s Kingdom to come, His will to be done, here on earth as in heaven up until his very last breath. Why did we not see it here? That is also veiled in mystery. What I can say with certainty is that God was and is pleased with that boy’s perseverance and absolute surrender to Him.
No matter what you are facing, I encourage you to recognize that this is war. There are only two sides to this battle: Those who are with God and those against Him. If you have given your life over to Christ, God is for you not against you. Fight the good fight of faith. Hold onto Jesus with everything you’ve got.
Don’t shrink away when facing anything, including death. One thing is certain: You don’t want to be found on the losing team.
“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. (Revelation 12:11 NASB)
Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword? Even as it is written, For Thy sake we are put to death all the day long; we are regarded and counted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39 AMPC)
Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. (Revelation 5:12 AKJV)
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