Revelation 12:7-8: Not strong enough.

Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.NIV

It strikes me that these central chapters in Revelation offer a rich seam, and we may spend some time mining here.

One thing we come to understand from reading ‘Revelation’, and the book of Daniel (its Old Testament counterpart: e.g. Dan.9:20-11:1), is that there is a great cosmic battle being fought in the invisible realm of spiritual reality. It’s a raging war we often feel even though we may not see it. Now although this war has been won, it’s still fierce and there are yet casualties. ‘D Day’ was the day Jesus died on the Cross. That’s when the decisive battle was fought and won. But we’re still in the mopping-up operation, and that can be extremely messy. As Warren Wiersbe has said, we are not fighting for victory; we are fighting from victory. That is so true. But we are still fighting

Every believer knows for sure that he/she has a strong foe; much stronger than him or her. But although the devil is strong, he is ‘’not strong enough’’ to ultimately win.

‘Jesus is stronger than Satan and sin,

Satan to Jesus must bow.’

Prayer: Lord, I know I can’t stand up against the devil in my own strength. I’d be foolish to even imagine it. But thank you that I can be strong in you and in your mighty power, and put on all the armour you so generously supply. Help me to do this, I pray, in Jesus’ Name.