“Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels
fought against Satan and his angels.”
Thoughts… There is an unseen dimension that is just as real as the seen. And it is filled with warfare. The cosmic conflict between God and Satan rages all around you all the time.
And, by the way, in a very real sense, you are the object of this war. Satan hates God, and everything of God—and that includes you. He works tirelessly and cunningly to defeat and destroy you.
You can be totally unaware of it—although you would do well to wise up to it; you can ignore it and pretend it doesn’t exist; you can call those who acknowledge it kooky charismatics and hyper-spiritualists—but that does not diminish the reality of spiritual warfare.
Daniel 10:12-14 refers to it as the cause for delayed answers to prayer. Ephesians 6:12 says that it is the true source of conflict in the Christian life. And here in Revelation 12, we see that it will be one of the battlegrounds in the ultimate fight for control over the future of this present world.
Until Satan is finally thrown into the lake of fire, spiritual warfare in the unseen dimension will continue to be a reality of life. The good news is, as I’ve just mentioned, we know the final outcome. God wins—Satan loses! And all who belong to God will be victorious.
In the meantime, as the battle rages, we would do well to stay alert to it, armor up, as Paul teaches in Ephesians 6:13, and fight the good fight!
Yes, the battle rages—all round you. So be careful out there today—and go give ‘em heaven!
Prayer… Lord, before I begin my day I put on the whole armor of God. I am ready for battle, and I will not be unaware of the devil and his devices. I will fight the good fight and I will walk in the victory that you have already secured for me. I will overcome.
One More Thing… “There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counter-claimed by Satan” — C.S. Lewis