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“And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him” (Revelation 12:9).

We are on the earth and the devil has been thrown down to where we are.  It makes me wonder about the ‘when’ of this?  Is this depicting what happened in the beginning (of our age)?  We’ll find out after the end of days.  Meanwhile, we contend with the reality that the devil and his minions are loose on the earth; but we have been told that all things work together for good according to God’s  purpose for those who love Him.  Will you listen to their vile lies, as many do, or turn to the one who will save you?

Lord, I am often confused by events, but You have made clear that You have come to save those who will turn to You and repent.  Guide me in the way of everlasting life so that I may be guided by what is right and true.  You do not require me to pass a test to enter into Your kingdom.  You only ask that I look to You to be saved.  Add whatever else You know is needed, so that I may humbly walk in the way of salvation.

Lord Jesus, You have paved the way for salvation because You crushed the head of the serpent.  But the serpent remains for a time.  Help me, dear Lord, to look to You, especially during those times when the wicked one is attacking me.  Lead me through all the things that will come in this world so that I may forever abide in You.  Guide me, Lord Jesus, in the way You know I need to go.  Amen