A dethroned devil

Have I got a word this morning?!

Get into your day because the devil is not where he was!

Put a smile on that face because the devil is not where he wants to be!

Let a song come from your heart because the devil is not on the throne of your life, Jesus is!

What we are going to read in these next few verses is going to greatly encourage you if you allow the words to sink deep into your being!

“Then war broke out 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. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. 11 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. 12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in 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.” 13 When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child.” (Revelation 12 v 7-13)

The devil and his angels lost their place, v8. The devil was hurled down, v9. The devil and his angels were hurled down, v9. The accuser has been hurled down, v10. The devil has gone down, v12. The devil has seen he is hurled down, v 13.

  • He is thrown down. Put down. Lost the battle.

Pause. What does that mean for us today? As we battle with our circumstance and situation, knowing this truth, how do we respond?

There’s more!

  • The devil knows he only has a short time to live. He knows the good news that Jesus is coming soon. “…he knows that his time is short” v12.

Pause. What does that mean for us today?Are we living our lives with that same knowledge that the devil has? How is that seen in our decisions and responses?

  • He is angry. He pursues the woman and (we will see later) her offspring v17.

Pause. What does that mean for us today? In terms of our prayer and fasting life; our spiritual gifts and natural abilities; the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control flowing from our lives, do they reveal the battle we are engaged in?

The only person really anxious is the devil not us. Why?

He knows he is dethroned. He knows it is over. He has read the last page of the book.

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