03 Oct How We Know Wars Will Cease
2 Corinthians 5:6-8 – So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
Genesis 3:15 – I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.
We were snuggled up on the couch watching television late one night, flipping back and forth between channels. When watching the History Channel, even though they were showing footage of World War II with building suspense, we were not anxious or alarmed. On the other hand, as we watched real-time footage on the news channel, we were noticeably more agitated and anxious. Why? We know the ending for the old news but not for the current news, which caused us to respond differently to old versus current reports.
For God everything is the History Channel, and nothing is the nightly news. God sees everything in its finished state and invites us to trust Him for a happily-ever-after ending for all of His people. To walk with Jesus is to march in the angelic army with the God who overcomes the world. We are to believe this by our faith until we see it by sight.
The enemy and his empire are crumbling and will be crushed. Knowing this and believing that the Bible accurately records the end of history will give you the courage you need to win your wars.
Not only is Satan a deceiver, but he has also apparently deceived himself into thinking he can rewrite the story line of the Bible and defeat God once and for all. This might explain why Satan continues to wage war even though the Bible is clear that he loses in the end.
Nevertheless, the same Jesus who defeated the devil in His first coming will finally destroy the devil in His second coming.
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