To quote the gospel song ... "I've read the back of the book ... and we win!"
The enemy will not win. The sky may darken, men may turn against one another, rivers may boil in anguish ... but the enemy will not win.
Even better ... the enemy doesn't have to keep defeating you.
"I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightening. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven."
- Luke 10: 18-20
Once you are His ... the devil cannot touch you without permission. If you are being defeated, you have left yourself open. I don't mean if you don't have everything you desire ... I don't mean if you didn't get that big promotion you were praying for ... I mean if you are still letting sin enslave you.
I may lose a few of you when I say this, but I have experienced it. There is power in the name of Jesus. When we call on His name, the devil flees.
"These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons ..."
- Mark 16:17a
While I've never knowingly met someone who was demon possessed (lets face it, we all have questioned that at some point about someone) I have had an encounter where it felt like the spiritual realm crossed over into the physical.
It was in our apartment, and I was pregnant with Shelby. I awoke in the dead of the night, Tim was home that night. And I couldn't breathe. I couldn't speak. It wasn't like an asthma attack. It wasn't something related to the HELLP syndrome I would later be diagnosed with. There was a presence.
A moment before I panicked, I remembered that verse. "Jesus."
It was the only word I could get out. But as soon as I said His precious name, more followed. "In Jesus name, whatever you are, get out." Louder. "In Jesus name get out!"
You may be thinking I'm crazy right now. It's ok ... there was a time I thought stories like that were a little crazy too. But I experienced it myself. Our enemy and his minions flee at the name of Jesus.
"...that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives."
- Hebrews 2:14b-15
Jesus defeated the enemy by confronting death on the cross. And He rose on the third day because He defeated death ... the last vestige of power our enemy had. We have no reason to fear. In back of the book, he is bound and thrown into the abyss.
"...he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer ... ...Satan will be released from his prison ... fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone ... they will be tormented day and night forever and ever."
- Revelation 20:2-3, 7-10
So know your enemy. Know that like a lame duck he will try to take as many down with him as he is able to deceive. And know that for the believer, he is already defeated. He may have introduced Adam and Eve and all of their offspring to death, but in the end even death will be thrown down.
"The last enemy that will be abolished is death."
- 1 Corinthians 15:26