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Revelation 13

Thanks, Jesus, for the victory YOU bring!

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“…a beast coming out of the sea… He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them.  And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.” (v 1, 7 NIV)

(Authority from whom? See v 2 “…The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.”)

“All the inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.” (v 8 NIV)

Father, this war against the saints has been going on since just after You created this world, beginning when mankind first disobeyed You.  The one who hated Your dream of creation set out to destroy it all.  For many centuries, this enemy ran rampant.  Yet, in YOUR perfect timing, You “crushed his head” (Genesis 3:15) with the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Now, we know the final score of the game will leave the enemy the loser and YOU, the triumphant victor!

“This calls for PATIENT ENDURANCE and FAITHFULNESS on the part of the saints… This calls for WISDOM…” (v 10, 18 NIV)

Until that Day You take me Home, Father, I realize that this life will have tremendous challenges in the midst of joys.  Following You means walking the path Your Son walked … which was not always a playful skip through the park.  You call me to patiently endure AND You supply me with abundant grace and strength.  You tell me I’ll need wisdom and You promise to give it when I ask for it (James 1:5; Proverbs 2:3-11).  You have made provision for me to live this life for You, as You keep on shaping me to be just like Jesus.  Amen.

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