Satan Doesn’t Sleep

Revelation is a very amazing book of the Bible. Most see it as too much of a challenge to tackle and read. But there is the promise of a blessing from God for reading it (Rev. 1:3). Some also think there isn’t much of a use in reading Revelation because it talks about the future. But there is much application found in Revelation. I will give an example.

In Revelation 12 we get a unique look into heaven. A battle takes place between Satan and his angels against Michael, the archangel of God, and his army of angels. This is what Revelation 12:7-12:

7 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, 8 but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers [1] has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. 12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

Here, Satan goes to war and loses. And a loud voice proclaims the fact that Satan, the accuser of the brethren, is no longer allowed into heaven. Apparently, before he was cast out of heaven he stood before God accusing believers (Christians) day and night. This war has not occurred yet. That means that Satan stands before God day and night accusing us. Thankfully we have an intercessor: Jesus Christ.

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be [1] against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. [2] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

As Satan stands before God accusing Christians, Jesus Christ stands as our intercessor. He has taken the blame for the accusations from Satan. Jesus Christ’s blood has washed away those sins.

What is the application?

Every day as you live your life you are faced with decisions of whether or not you will follow Christ or turn against Him. Every time you rebel or reject Christ and His ways then you give opportunity to Satan to accuse.

1.) Don’t give Satan opportunity to accuse you before God.

2.) Don’t let Satan’s accusations be true. Allow Christ not to say, “It’s been covered under the blood,” but, “You are a liar, for that sheep has been following me.”

Let us have a testimony like Job’s: perfect, upright, God fearing, eschews evil.

Remember, as you go about your day, Satan stands before God accusing. As you sleep, Satan stands before God accusing. As you get up, Satan stands before God accusing. Don’t let Satan’s accusations be true.

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