I’ve been reading in Revelation these past days. Satan has so much destructive power but he faces the Lamb.
This verse reveals the power of the Saints to conquer the devil: “And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” (Rev. 12:11)
Think about this. All Satan can do is martyr the saints. Their defense is the blood of Christ, their testimony and their willingness to be martyred for Christ. With all his power, Satan is conquered.
I’ve been around a number of converts from Islam in recent years. What amazes me is their fearlessness to stand for Jesus before Islam. They know that this stand has great power before Satan. This is one reason why the fastest growing Church in the world is among Muslim peoples. Satan is losing the war and he knows it.
Come quickly Lord Jesus.
We can easily lose perspective with all the upheaval happening all around us. John’s closing words in his first epistle can calm us down and provide comfort, hope and confidence.
Look at these three verses as the Three ‘We Knows’.
We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God is protected by Him, and the evil one does not touch him.
We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. (1 John 5:18-20)
Take a few minutes to read and re-read these verses. Ask the Spirit to open your eyes to see what He wants to teach, comfort, guide or convict you. Respond in prayer and worship.
This week I have been reading in 1 John. I was struck by John’s advice, “And now little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.” (1 John 2:28).
When we feel guilty about something, we don’t want to talk about it or be around the person we might have offended or wronged. It’s the same when we will face Jesus.
Have you ever asked yourself the question, “If I were to stand before Jesus right now, what would I be ashamed of?” Whatever that is, please confess it before Him today. “He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”
(1 Jn. 1:9).
Abiding in Jesus is to remain in fellowship with him, by confessing our sins and keeping our focus on Him day to day.
When He comes, and He will come soon, may we have confidence and not shrink back at His appearing.
This is a hard topic to discuss.
The chapter I read in the last few days is 2 Peter 2 which discusses false leaders. I admit that it is painful to read. Peter says that false leaders are among us secretly introducing destructive heresies (v 1). This is the doctrinal deception.
Then Peter says that many will follow their sensuality and greed (v 2-3). This is their character deception.
The result is that they lead people astray from the ways of Jesus. They seek followers for themselves. It is interesting that when I talk with most any of our African partners, they refer to the deception running rampant in Africa called by the names “health and wealth gospel” and “prosperity gospel”. These are obvious but there are so many others that are even more subtle and working among us in whatever culture we live.
In my book, Lead In Light Of Eternity, I devote a chapter (7) to this topic so if you would like to delve deeper into this topic you can.
The Lord is coming soon and the closer we come to His return, the more deceptive the enemy’s tactics will be.
I admit this is a hard topic to talk about but it is vital to be aware of as we attempt to walk in the ways of Jesus. He and His apostles did not shy away from the topic but instead intentionally took time to address it.
Peter felt the topic was so important that he devoted one third of his last letter to the topic. If he felt it so important, shouldn’t we? I encourage you to read 2 Peter 2 carefully and respectfully.