December 28 – Today’s Readings – Revelations 13-15 and Proverbs 28
What are we actually seeing here in these Chapters? There are negative spiritual “powers” at work – shaping the politics and power structures of this world. There are also “principalities” shaping the spiritual climate of the earth. The whole earth is under a tyranny of the Devil – except for those submitted to Christ!
Remember to balance this thought with the Scripture declaring “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.” [Psalms 24:1-2]
The truth of Scripture is that the Devil was cast down to Earth and really messed things up – but Earth rightfully belongs to Christ and the day is coming soon when we will no longer hear of “the Enemy of our Souls”.
In this spiritually dark world we live in, it is our job to keep ourselves very close to Jesus. We must constantly guard ourselves from being fearful of the enemy because one of his most powerful weapons is to instill terror in people. We must keep watch so that our focus is not one of fear but on being at peace with God. Remember, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” [John 4:18].
Our enemy, the Devil, will use all means at his disposal to keep people in bondage to sin and to influence Christians negatively. What are key issues that threaten us the most?
Pear pressure and propaganda – being squeezed into the world’s mold – “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” [Romans 12:2]
Being in awe of the Devil and his powers instead of being in awe of God – “He [Jesus] replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” [Luke 10:18]
Focusing on the material world instead of focusing on the spiritual world – “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” [1Timothy 6:10]
Not seeing the big picture – the fact that God is everything to us and in Him we will always be stable and spiritually fulfilled – “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” [Ephesians 2:6]
Actively turning away from all sin and living in an attitude of humility, repentance and victory.
Notice that we should never be consumed or in awe of what the Devil is doing – we should be consumed by what God is doing – His will and purposes in our lives. ALSO notice that we need to focus on following Jesus, not on when we will be taken to heaven! Let’s never let “prophetic” books like Daniel and Revelation make us lose perspective – after all – remember that this is a Revelation of Jesus Christ – not of the beast. We are created to do good works now, not be waiting for the future to happen.
1. What “signs” do we see indicating that evil spiritual powers are at work in our world?
2. What should our general attitude be towards the enemy of our souls? – Towards God?