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Know Your Enemy! Satan the Defeated!

Then he will say to those on his left, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Matthew 25:41
During the judgment of the sheep and goats described in Matthew 25, Jesus, the King,  tells those who have rejected Him that they will join the devil and his angels in the eternal fire.

I know Satan hates for me to write the ending to his story. The truth of his demise was discussed by Jesus and described by John in the vision given him during his exile on the Isle of Patmos.

According to Revelation 20, Satan will have a final period to wreck havoc on Earth. Eventually fire will come down and Satan will meet his final fate. And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever (Revelation 20:10).

God knows the end of the story, we know the end of the story and Satan knows the end of the story. The Great Dragon will be defeated, and Christ will reign forever and ever.

The liar, deceiver, trickster and adversary of God and man is doomed. Hallelujah! Christ, on the cruel cross, became the victor. He won the victory over Satan and death.

We can be victorious too. Knowing about Jesus is not enough. Believing He is the Son of God is not enough because even the demons know that truth. We must believe, know we are lost without Him, repent, and accept the gift He bestowed on us through His death on the cross. That gift is eternal life. If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him form the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).

Revelation 12:10 tells us that Satan accuses us before God day and night. Christ is at the right hand of the Father intervening for us. Can you believe that? The Son of God takes our side against Satan. The great Deceiver can’t win.  He is a lost cause. Thank You, Lord, for standing up for us.

Ammunition for the day: The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).

Dear Father, My prayer today is that any reader who has not accepted the free gift that Christ offers will ask Him to come into her heart. Joy, peace, and a relationship with God will be wrapped up in that most precious of all gifts.

Janice Yandell

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