Scripture Reading: Revelation 2:12-17
“I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast My name, and you did not deny My faith.” (Revelation 2:13)
We will be meeting Satan head on in the book of Revelation. Most of you know these things about Satan but they are worth mentioning again. Satan is a fallen angel who leads a host of fallen angels, whom we call demons. Satan is more powerful than human beings, but he is not omnipotent like God is. Satan is not omnipresent. However, he can move very quickly like other angelic beings can. This explains Christ’s words to the church at Pergamum — “I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is.”
Pergamum was a city under the great influence of Satan. It was as if his throne was there. Pergamum was a city hostile to Christians and a dangerous place for them to live. Unfortunately we are seeing Satan having a greater influence on our culture today. He is active in our government, law courts, educational system, media, and society in general. It seems that the moral fiber of our country is being undermined by his attacks. We are seeing a greater hostility toward believers today.
Satan hinders faith — “And even if our gospel is being veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving” (II Corinthians 4:3,4). Satan attacks and accuses those of us who are believers — “”Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
We must realize that we also live in a dangerous police. We are in a spiritual battle against evil forces — “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). We must be on guard and we must be prepared for a fierce battle with Satan and his forces.
In spite of the intense spiritual attacks of Satan, the people in the church at Pergamum held fast the name of Jesus. They did not deny the faith. Our King defended them and He will defend us. He will equip us to handle the attacks of Satan (Ephesians 6:10-20). He will strengthen us and ultimately we will win the war because our King is more powerful than our enemy Satan.
Lord Jesus, prepare me for the spiritual battles I will face today. Give me strength to resist the devil. Enable me to withstand his fiery attacks on me. You are my King who will defend me. I hold fast to my faith in You and believe that You have already defeated Satan and that you will give me victory over him as well.
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