Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell within them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short. Revelation 12:12
During times when a person is fighting for his life, he will do all he can. However, there can come a time when he realizes that his chances of winning the battle is nearly obsolete. At that point, he begins to throw out all rules and fight with everything that is in him to win the battle.
This becomes a matter of life or death.
In his vision of heaven, John sees that the devil is cast down to the earth and heaven rejoices. However, there is a woe to the earth because the devil is angry and knows he only has a short amount of time.
For the young person a hundred years feels like a very long time. It is not until one is much older that he realizes how short that hundred years really is.
Although it has been several thousand years since the devil has been cast down to the earth, it is a short time for him in light of eternity. The goal of the devil is to destroy all the works of God, to get as many people to reject God as possible.
The longer God holds Jesus back from returning, the shorter the devil’s times is on this earth. With that he is willing to fight harder and harder against believers. No holds are barred and it is a fight to the death.
Knowing this, the believer must be ready for the attacks against him. He must be willing to stand strong for God, putting on His whole armor for the battle for his soul. At the same time he must rejoice, knowing that the devil’s time is short and Jesus will return soon, putting an end to all sin and suffering.
The devil is out to destroy you by any means possible. He will do what he can to stop you from following and obeying God. These attacks can and will be severe, but you must remember that with God all things are possible and that God wins in the end. These attacks are only for a short time.
Hold on to God and keep fighting the battle. It will be worth it when Jesus returns and destroys the devil and all sin.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will strengthen you for the battle for your soul; that you will stand strong in God’s power; that you will know that Jesus is returning soon; and that you will know that God will win in the end.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
Physical races are common all over the world. People run or race cars in races in order to win a prize. In order for someone to be good enough to win the first prize, he must work at it and keep running. He must fight against his body crying out for him to stop.
In the same way, there are also many other races that people have to run in life. However, when things get difficult, people give up the fight and stop running the race. They allow others to win the race.
Paul is evidently nearing the end of his life as he tells Timothy that he has fought the good fight and is finishing the race. He never gave up on the faith.
The greatest fight a person can fight is for the fight of his soul and the souls of other people. Living on this earth for God is a race against death and sin. The world does not want anyone to succeed in following God, because it goes against everything they believe.
The world will do whatever it can to stop a believer from following God. For the believer there is a race against time to keep in the race and to finish it. The finish line is when a believer dies.
Many people have succumbed to the pressures of this world to give up the race and quit the faith. They got weary and chose to stop running and fighting for their souls and the souls of others.
Every believer needs to look at what is at the finish line–eternal life. No one knows exactly where is finish line is, but he must never give up on the race and the fight until he crosses the finish line and wins the prize.
As you are going through life, the world will throw every thing it can at you to stop you from following Jesus. Do not give in to the pressure to stop. Do not give up what you know to be truth from God’s word.
Rely upon God strength to keep running and fighting the good faith for your soul and the souls of others. It won’t be long before you will cross the finish line and you don’t want to be caught short of finishing it well with God.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hold on to your faith in God; that you will fight against the temptation to sin against God; that you will keep running the race that God has called you to run; and that you will finish the race God has given you.
Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” John 18:11
No one likes to be improperly abused or have anything done wrong against them. As soon as abuse or wrong is done, most people rise up to fight back the one who did the wrong.
This fight is often with words, but can also be physically fighting back. The fight is for their rights and to get back at the person to try and stop the wrong. Very few will just sit back and take what comes.
Jesus was in the garden with the disciples being arrested. Peter strikes one of the arrestors with a sword. He is told to put the sword away. Jesus is willing to take what has been give to Him.
Believers are often quick to say that they will follow God, but are also quick to fight back against what He sends their way or allows. Everything that occurs in the life of a believer is for a purpose. It can be to build the believer or to build others.
Jesus had to be arrested in order to fulfill His mission on this earth. Along with the arrest would also come the crucifixion. It was all in God’s plan for Him.
Most believers love the idea of following God, but will fight back against giving their lives for Him or others. They want a rosy, easy path to heaven, not willing to accept God’s plan for their lives. They will pull out a sword to stop God’s plan in order to save their own lives.
Every believer needs to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit and in tune with what God is doing. God is in control and will allow ‘bad’ things to happen in one’s life to accomplish the greater goal–salvation of souls.
As you go through life, God will allow the enemy to attack you at times. These attacks may be to move you to somewhere else, build you, use you to be a witness or to stop you. Regardless of the reason, you must trust God’s allowance.
Seek God to find out what you must do in every situation. Do not be like the world and automatically fight back. Be will to accept what God has for you.
Allow God to use the negative situation to bring about a positive.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal what He has for you; that God will give you strength and wisdom in every situation; and that you will allow God to use you to build His kingdom.