When the dragon realized that it had been thrown down to the earth, it tried to make trouble for the woman who had given birth to a son. But the woman was given two wings like those of a huge eagle, so that she could fly into the desert. There she would escape from the snake and be taken care of for a time, two times, and half a time. The snake then spewed out water like a river to sweep the woman away. But the earth helped her and swallowed the water that had come from the dragon's mouth. This made the dragon terribly angry with the woman. So it started a war against the rest of her children. They are the people who obey God and are faithful to what Jesus did and taught.
Revelation 12: 13 - 17
I remember a time when enlisting in the armed forces in the United States gave you no threat of being in combat. There were no U.S. troops in a shooting war anywhere in the world. But that all changed and it change dramatically. Now everyone who becomes part of the U.S. military may indeed be deployed to a combat zone!
Did you know that if you are a follower of Jesus, Satan himself has declared war on you! When you decided to give your heart to the Lord and by His mercy and grace became His dear child, you put yourself in the bullseye of the Devil’s target. You may say: “All I wanted was to do the right thing and go to Heaven when I die. I didn’t know that I was joining the Army of the Lord and signing up for battle!”
Satan is trying to destroy you and at least make you completely in-effective as a soldier of Christ. If you were to sit in the middle of a football field during the game and pretend that you are lying on a peaceful beach, you would not avoid the conflict!
Pretending that there is no spiritual war going on around you every day does not protect you from the arrows of Satan. The only protection that works is the armor that God provides!
So, open your eyes today and recognize what is happening all around you. There is a great battle going on and Satan is trying to win the hearts and minds of men and women all around the world! But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit and armed with the Word of God which is His Sword you are Satan’s worst nightmare!
“Lord Jesus give me the courage to run toward the fight today and never run away from it. Thank You Jesus for the most powerful weapon in all the world, Your Word! Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever. Amen.”