April 11, 2019 Give Thanks

2 Corinthians 2_14-15

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Revelation 17:14 The War Will Be Won

 

Victory Sword

They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings–and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers. Revelation 17:14

War is something that the majority of people do not want. And even more people do not want to be a part of a war. War always means that many will get hurt or be killed. There is often division during a war, some wanting the war, while others against it.

There are groups of people, who are so much against war of any type, that they will protest and riot against having war or anyone going to war. Yet, despite the like or hatred of war, there is a war going on. It has gone on since the day Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden of Eden.

Satan and this world has been battling against God and Jesus for all time. They do not want Jesus to succeed, so they have waged a war against Him. The goal is to kill as many people as possible, preventing them from getting into heaven.

The war battles are fierce. They are fighting for the mind and soul and many times for the body of every person they can battle with.

Even though it often appears that Jesus is losing this war, he will triumph in the end. He is Lord and King over every person on this earth, whether they like it or not. Along with Him, will be every person who has been called, chosen and a faithful follower.

All people are called, many are chosen, but not everyone is a faithful follower. To be a faithful follower, one must obediently do what Jesus commands, to live as He lived.

Jesus will win the war in the end. You have a choice as to which side of the war will you be on.

Jesus has called you. He wants everyone to be saved. Have you answered that call to follow Him?

Once you have answered the call, you are now chosen. Now you must become a faithful follower. Take a look at your life and see how you are following Jesus.

Are you being His witness? Are you turning away from sin? Are you showing love, mercy and forgiveness? Are you fighting for the kingdom of God?

In all this, are you a faithful follower who will win with Jesus in the end?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will fight the war with Jesus; that you will be found to be a faithful follower of Jesus; and that you will fight in knowing Jesus will win the war in the end. 

Revelation 12:11 No Shrinking

“They triumphed over 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.” Revelation 12:11

Right before this verse you are told that the Kingdom of God has come and Satan has been cast down. There had been a great war in heaven and God wins the battle. Satan is defeated. All believers are now triumphant.

Two ways are shown for a believer to be able to triumph over Satan. The first is by the blood of the Lamb. Jesus is called the Lamb of God.

It was His shedding of the blood of Jesus on the cross that defeated the power of Satan. Prior to that blood being shed, every person was guilty of their sin. The law stated that the one who sins must die. Once the blood was shed, God was able to forgive the person of all sins. This destroyed the power of Satan’s accusations of guilt.

The other way to overcome Satan is by the word of their testimony. Each believer has a testimony of how they came to believe in Jesus and what He has done for them. This testimony defeats Satan’s accusations.

You can also claim the blood of Jesus over the sins of your life. His blood will remove all accusations. You, then, also have a testimony of what God has done. Speak that testimony out loud to everyone. Share what God has done. Do not believe the lies of Satan.

With the blood and the testimony, the believers no longer loved their lives so much as to shrink from anything, including death.

When you know that you stand clean before God, you can know that nothing can defeat you or destroy you. Satan will try to accuse you, but you are set free by God. There is nothing that Satan can do to you to harm you.

In knowing this, do not love this life so much that you do not live for God. Be willing to tell the gospel message of the salvation by Jesus to everyone. Do not fear any threats. Do not shrink back from speaking, even if it will cost you your life. It cost Jesus His life to save you, what less can you give Him?

I pray that today God will help you to speak your testimony to the world; that you will not back down in being His witness; that God will reveal to you the triumph you have in Jesus; that you will no longer fear those in the world; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.