“Listening to God” Bible Reading & Devotion: Mar. 11, 2022 – Revelation 012

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Chapter 12 (ESV)

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. 12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

13 And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14 But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time.15 The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with a flood. 16 But the earth came to the help of the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon had poured from his mouth. 17 Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.

 

REFLECTION:

  1. Satan is alive and is roaming the earth as “a roaring lion”. His goal is to keep people from coming to know Jesus personally, and to tempt and fool the believers.  How often we fall traps to the tricks of Satan!
  2. But Christians are reminded of the victory of Christ over Satan and death. Salvation is assured and God’s rule is intact. No matter how daunting the Dragon is, Christ will prevail.  We believers need to keep trusting God and persist in our witness, proclaiming that Christ reigns.
  3. Join the choir of numerous saints with hymns as a prayer to God to affirm your “trusting God and persisting in witness”.

 

PRAYER:

Dear God, thank You for saving me from the shackles of sin and setting me free. I am no longer afraid of suffering, because the Lord is with me, supporting me and giving me strength in times of trouble. I no longer fear death, because the Lord Jesus has risen from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father. One day the Lord will come and take me to the eternal home, where I will receive the blessings of eternal life with other born-again Christians.

 

HYMN:

Our God – youtu.be/R-JZ9KsI7YI?list=RDR-JZ9KsI7YI

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