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Revelation 20

Thanks, Jesus, for the victory YOU bring!

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“And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven… He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years … to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended.  After that, he must be set free for a short time…

“When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations… to gather them for battle … “ (v 1-3, 7-8 NIV)

You reveal here, Father, just how incredibly evil the enemy is.  You also reveal Your sovereign power over him, since he is a created being.

“…In number they are like the sand on the seashore.  They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city He loves.  But fire came down from heaven and devoured them.  And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown.  They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (v 8-10 NIV)

The troops of evil gather around Your people and yet, there IS NO BATTLE.  YOU destroy them in one swoop of fire from heaven!  You demonstrate again Your sovereignty, Your omnipotence and Your holiness.

Not only do the spiritual beings who are evil taste Your judgment, but we who are human do as well.  “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (v 15 NIV).  Those who have been faithful to You get to hear You say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your Master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23 NIV)  However, You don’t reward unfaithfulness or the lives who had no faith in You at all, never accepting Your Son.

“Each person was judged according to what he had done” (Revelation 20:13 NIV).  Based on what You’ve said in the rest of Your Word, this is not saying that we’re saved by what we do.  Yet, a person’s actions are vivid indicators of where a person’s heart has set its devotion and affection and faith.  (See James 4:14, 18, 20-24, 26.)

Thanks, Father, for where my name is.  I’m at Your mercy and dependent on You for the strength to remain faithful to You.  Keep on making me like Jesus and growing my faith in You.  Amen.

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