Do people KNOW that you are a Christian? Are you going to the grave quietly?
I got challenged by these questions at church yesterday. Jesus' disciples were transformed by the Holy Spirit. They were so captured by Jesus they could not help speaking about what they had seen and heard (Acts 4:20). They were not going to go quietly!
Read: Revelation 12
The Woman and the Dragon
1A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. 3Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. 4His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. 5She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. 6The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
7And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
10Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
"Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Christ.
For the accuser of our brothers,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.
11They overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.
12Therefore rejoice, you heavens
and you who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury,
because he knows that his time is short."
13When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach. 15Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. 16But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
Big battle. Lots at stake. A battle unlike any battle before.
Clearly from this passage satan's focus is on two things: Jesus and believers. He hates Jesus (v. 4, 10, 13) and those that follow Him (v. 10, 17). He is at war with them. He's at war with us.
For now he attacks spiritually ... accusing those who know Jesus. He is called the "accuser of our brothers" (v.10). He reminds God of the failures of God's people. He stirs up the culture against those that would stand for Jesus Christ.
In the future he will attack physically ... making war with those those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus
Satan is focused on those that are obeying and those that are holding to the testimony that Jesus is God. The focus is on those that are actively and continually holding to the testimony of Jesus.
It takes guts to be bold for Jesus. It puts a target on your back. It takes guts to take a stand in love. You will get push back.
Are you bold for Jesus? Do people know where you stand on the issue or are you going to the grave quietly?
Our culture is not quiet in its love for pleasure and sin. They are very bold. I saw Transformers II this weekend. The writers and producers of the movie are very bold in their promotion of sin. It is embarrassing and not a movie I would recommend to anyone ... especially not teens ... their target market.
Let's choose to speak up for Jesus. Let's let our culture know where we stand. Let's not go quietly.
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