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Revelation 12 ~ Satan Is…

Recently I was harsh and snarky with my sons.  I wasn’t really mad at them but at some other situation. They were just closest ones on whom to take out my anger.  It is like that with Satan.  He is really angry at God, but he takes it out on us.  He is an enraged enemy! (vs. 13)

Satan is a deceiver.  (vs. 9) There is not one place in the world where his deception is not heard, believed and acted on.  All evil in the world is a result of being deceived.  All pain in the world is a repercussion of people believing his lies.

Satan is an accuser.  (vs. 10) Day and night he is before the Lord throwing mankind under the bus!  He is a diabolical tattle-tale!  “Did you see what she did?”  But Jesus is an awesome absolver!  If our sins are washed away by Jesus, there is nothing that he can accuse us of that holds water.

Satan is a warrior. (vs. 17) Anyone who obeys God and trusts in Jesus, Satan is making war against.  His chief aim is to keep people from the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and to destroy anyone who already believes.  He can’t destroy the Lord, so he tries to demolish His followers.

SATAN IS DEFEATED!  (vs. 8, 12) He knows his time is short and that Jesus already claimed victory over him when He died on the cross and rose again.

Satan’s power is limited. (vs. 13-16) The Lord still controls everything.  Protection comes from the Lord.  He is our powerful, victorious ally!  Jesus and the armies of Heaven are fighting for us.

Satan is unstable. (vs. 17) When this chapter finishes, Satan is standing on the sand of the sea.  Sand is a false foundation!  There is no real stability or longevity for anything that puts its stakes down in sand!

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2 John ~ Truth and Love (Part 2)

How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the TRUTH, just as the Father commanded.  I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should LOVE one another.  This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning.  LOVE means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to LOVE one another, just as you heard from the beginning.  (vs. 4-6)

My husband was a youth pastor for several years.  Most of the students he pastored are in their 20s now.  It is so refreshing to hear of those who are growing in and serving the Lord.  That must have been how John felt when he ran into people from churches who were faithful to the truth and walking in love.

The truth is, God’s commandments never change!  Just as His love never changes and never fails, He wants our love to be the same.  Love shows that we are growing in His truths and in obedience.  However, it is easy to be deceived and tread away from truth, and it is easy to start loving ourselves more than the Lord and others.  Especially when we open the door to listen to lies…

I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward. Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son. (vs. 7-9)

Deceivers distort:

  • our view of Jesus.  They cast doubts on His Godhood and His existence.
  • the meaning of love.  They make love about “me” and my happiness and a sentimental emotion with no biblical foundation of truth.
  • the truth.  They say, “Whatever you believe to be truth is your truth.”  If it fits with “your” life, then it must be true.  They teach a separate “truth” than what is found in God’s Word concerning Jesus and salvation and lifestyle.

Christ is the TRUTH, and any teaching in opposition to Christ is false!  John tells the church to, “Watch out!”  We need to be on guard against anything that doesn’t promote truth and love.  We need to uphold truth and love.  When we are diligent about these things, God himself rewards us!  According to verse 9, our reward is fellowship with Him!

If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the TRUTH about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work. (vs. 10-11)

Churches met in houses when this letter was written, and John discouraged any association with people who were not speaking the truth.  They were not to offer hospitality to those who deceive in any way.  For us, we should not let anyone teach in our churches who speak a different message that what the Bible teaches.

What stands out to me the most is the opposite of verses 10-11.  Any teacher who teaches the truth about Jesus should be invited to teach and be encouraged.  Anyone who encourages a “truth teacher” becomes a partner in their good work!

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