|The Enemy Is Defeated!
by Franklin GrahamIn the Book of Revelation, the Bible describes the fall of Satan from the heavens.The Apostle John saw it this way: “The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray” (Revelation 12:9).Satan’s defeat in the heavenlies, however, has not yet led to his destruction. That awaits the second triumphant coming of Christ, when after being bound for a period of time, Satan will be eternally punished in hell. “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulphur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).Until then, our archenemy will work tirelessly to blind the minds of the unbelieving and keep them captive in his evil treachery.It is the life-giving Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ that liberates imprisoned souls. God’s truth has the power to conquer the deceptive ways of the wicked who oppress God’s people.
In Christ, our sins—with their guilt and shame—are overcome by the Savior. Jesus is the Light of the world, and His very light exposes our sin, leads us to repentance and gives us eternal life as we put our faith in Him.
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SONG: “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord”
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[ The Golden Rule ] “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.