Scripture reading for April 7th: 2nd Kings 3-6
Key Scriptures: 2nd Kings 6:15-17 “When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early in the morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full or horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
Elisha and his servant were being hunted by the Arameans because Elisha was giving information from the Lord to expose their army tactics against Israel. The servant saw the army of the Arameans surrounding their city and went to warn the man of God. Elisha prayed for revelation for his servant and his eyes beheld the invisible reality of the angel armies protecting them!
Rejoicing in God’s protection: God promises us that we are never alone and surely not outnumbered! “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one that is in the world.” (1st John 4:4)
Scripture reading for December 28th: Revelation 12-13
When we look at the world we live in and the formidable troubles that face all mankind, it is easy to become fearful and worry. Demonic forces are everywhere and it appears that they are winning. Christ, the Lamb, leads His followers and calls them to be over-comers in the midst of this trouble!
John saw the nativity story with a cosmic setting. A sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. This woman was pregnant and and in pain as she was about to give birth. (Revelation 12:1-2) John saw another sign: A great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on the heads. The dragon’s tail had swept a third of the stars from the sky and flung them to earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman to devour her child the moment it was born. (Revelation 12:3-4)
The woman gave birth to a male child, who would rule all the nations! Jesus Christ is the child and God raised Him from the grave to the throne of heaven! There was war in heaven between Michael the Archangel and the dragon and his angels. The dragon was hurled down to earth with his angels. The identity of the dragon was the “ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan”. (Revelation 12:7-9)
A loud voice from heaven announced the coming of the kingdom of God and the hurling down of the accuser of the brothers. The brothers “overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” (Revelation 12:11) The heavens were rejoicing but those on the earth would have woe because the devil was enraged. He knew his time was short! (Revelation 12:12)
As believers, we are seated in the heavens in Christ. Heaven is our home. We can rejoice because we have overcome. The blood of Jesus speaks peace, joy, and pardon for all who will repent and trust the Lord! We are overcomers with the forces of heaven! The devil is cast down and we are snatched up along with the Man-child who was born to the woman! No matter what might happen to us on earth, the best is yet to come! Rejoice today and tell someone the good news! The devil’s time is short!