His Finished Work

Revelation 12:9-11 “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who was called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Then 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 brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.”

Observation: Halfway through the tribulation Satan and his demonic hoards were cast to earth from heaven. His time was now short, and earth was warned that Satan’s rage would be fully unleashed.

Application: Two things will overcome Satan and his demons: the blood of the Lamb and the word of the testimony of the saints of God. The shed blood of Christ is a raging torrent powerful enough to overcome and defeat Satan and every enemy of God. The second weapon is the word of their testimony. What words could possibly defeat Satan? How could mere words be sharp enough, explosive enough, to be effective in defeating the strongest enemies of God? 

Here is an example: “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God, and He is my personal Lord and Savior.” Once I uttered those words, accepting who Jesus is in relation to God and declaring who He is to me—my Lord and Savior through His death, burial, and resurrection—Satan and his demons were overcome in my life. The attacks haven’t stopped, but he is now like an old, spent lion, still roaring, but without teeth or claws.

So when I take communion, it is more than just a symbol of my personal salvation, although it is that for sure. But it is also the reassurance of coming victory, the future cleansing of the world of Satan and all his demons. It ought, therefore, to be a time of great celebration as I recognize all Christ has done, is doing, and will do. Because of this, I can believe and declare with joy from Romans 8:1, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, O, the awesome power of Your shed blood! And the awesome power of my testimony of belief in You! Unmatchable! Unequalled! Undefeated! Thank You for Your finished work in me.

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