May 30 Satan Out, Christ In

scripture reading: Revelation 3:20–22
key verse: Revelation 12:11

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

Dr. A. W. Tozer stressed the need for the proper perspective on spiritual warfare in Born After Midnight:

The scriptural way to see things is to set the Lord always before us, put Christ in the center of our vision, and if Satan is lurking around, he will appear on the margin and only be seen as but a shadow on the edge of the brightness.

It is always wrong to reverse this to set Satan in the focus of our vision and push God out to the margin. Nothing but tragedy can come of such inversion.

The best way to keep the enemy out is to keep Christ in. The sheep need not be terrified by the wolf; they have but to stay close to the shepherd. It is not the praying sheep Satan fears, but the presence of the shepherd.

The instructed Christian whose faculties have been developed by the Word and the Spirit will not fear the devil. When necessary he will stand against the powers of darkness and overcome them by the blood of the Lamb and the word of his testimony.

Fill your heart and mind with the power and awe of the God who has the keys to life and death. Fear God and you need never be terrified again by the roar of the devilish lion, for the Lion of Judah is with you.

Satan is out, and You are in, God! Keep my focus on You instead of the enemy. Let me rest secure in Your presence and power.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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