Thanks, Jesus, for the victory YOU bring!
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THE ENEMY IS:
“And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down — that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.” (v 7-9 NIV)
“…the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” (v 10 NIV)
“…He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” (v 12 NIV)
“Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring — those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” (v 17 NIV)
Father God, You are Almighty and sovereign. You have defeated this enemy of Yours and mine. You have made known to me the nature and ways of this enemy through Your Word, so that I might recognize his attempts to turn my gaze and devotion from You. Though he is accusing, furious, and relentless in his efforts to attack me and destroy me, Your child, he is still DEFEATED! His mighty weapons have no sting. (Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 10:18)
THE VICTORY IS MINE!
“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ.” (v 10 NIV)
- Through Jesus’ death, I am saved from my sin.
- Through Jesus’ resurrection, I have power for living faithfully.
- Through my Father’s will, I am part of His kingdom of light, under His sovereign rule.
- Through Jesus’ empowering, I have authority over the enemy (though that is nothing to glory in, only to be assured of — Luke 10:18-20)
“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the Word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death … those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” (v 11, 17 NIV)
Father, You have made me Your child by the blood Jesus shed for me on the cross. You have brought victory over sin in my life and have empowered me to resist the Accuser (“Satan” means “accuser”). You have freed me of my old self, crucifying that old self to the cross with Your Son (Galatians 2:20). You have made me completely new and have empowered me through Your Word to be able to say “no” to the enemy.
When I am faced with accusing thoughts, with others being used by Satan to accuse me, (such as, “YOU were the cause of this…” or “You’ll never change…” or “YOU’ve done it again…” etc.), remind me of my position in You and cause my mouth to say and heart to believe with boldness:
“I AM A CHILD OF GOD. THE EVIL ONE CANNOT TOUCH ME.”
In that moment, strengthen me to stand my ground, knowing I am Yours and resting in Your power that has defeated the enemy (Romans 8:31-39).
When I am faced with temptations, sent to draw me away from You and Your will, remind my mouth and heart to say with boldness, “NO!” and my feet to flee, run, and resist the enemy. Because I am in Christ, I wear Your armor continually (Ephesians 6:10-18 — EACH piece is Christ at its root!). You are the One who does the fighting, while You’ve told me to resist, flee and stand firm (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-10; 1 Corinthians 15:57-58; Ephesians 6:10-18; Exodus 14:14)
Thank You, Father!