ANGLICAN DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL FOR DECEMBER 19, 2022 (WATCH AND PRAY)
TOPIC : WATCH AND PRAY
Read: Revelation 12: 1-17(NKJV)
1. Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.
2. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.
3. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.
4. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.
5. She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.
6. Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
7. And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,
8. but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.
9. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.
11. “And 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.
12. “Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”
13. Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male [Child.]
14. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.
15. So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.
16. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.
17. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
There are lots of symbolisms in the book of Revelation, yet there’s so much to learn from it. We are told that all Scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable. Revelation 12 gives us a peep possibly into the reason Christians are under severe attacks from Satan.
When the dragon (identified as Satan) saw that he had been thrown down to the earth defeated, he became furious and is now about to make war “on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” If you have ever thought that keeping the commandments of God, that is, being obedient to God, will completely immune you from temptations and trials, you may need to think again.
Satan is all out to destroy followers of Christ; being a Christian actually seems to attract him the more in his desire to ‘finish’ you.
Knowing this should not make us afraid, rather it should make us more vigilant, knowing that our adversary is going around looking for whom to destroy.
The hymn writer encourages Christians not to seek repose, but like Scripture commands, watch and pray. Christians are not on picnic here on earth; there is a real battle raging.
However, we are not to be afraid because Christ has already won the victory for us. All we need do is to cooperate with Him in obedience. This requires vigilance. Do not live carelessly.
PRAYER: Watch and pray.
The Anglican Communion is the fourth-largest Christian denomination. Founded in 1867 in London, England, the communion currently has 85 million members within the Church of England and other national and regional churches in full communion.
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