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Monday, June 25, 2012

The Key to the Bottomless Pit

Lord, I pray for understanding as I study Your Word today. Please let Your truth penetrate my heart and change my life. Amen

"Then I say an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the devil and satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit ... " (Revelation 20:1-3)

Sometimes people ask an absurd question: Who is stronger - God or satan? Think of what Jesus told Peter in the Garden of Gethsemane, when the soldiers came to take Him to the Cross. "Do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?" (Matthew 26:53). That could be well over 72,000 angels! Yet we see when God get ready to deal with the devil at the end of time He sends "an angel" to throw satan into the bottomless pit. It only takes one measly angel to put the devil in his place.

The Bible says in Isaiah we're going to look upon satan in amazement down in that pit and ask, Is this the one that made the nation tremble? That's who brought the earth to ruin and desolation? (Isaiah 14:15-17). We're going to be astonished when we see how weak satan is. So, don't you think it's time we stopped letting him beat up on us in our everyday lives?

satan has no power in our lives but what we allow him to have. He was rendered helpless and powerless there at the Cross by the death of our Lord Jesus Christ - as it says in Hebrews 2:14, "... that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil." The victory was won at Calvary and it's now ours. With His sacrificial death, Jesus gave us authority over all the power of our enemy (Luke 10:18-20). It's time we started seeing satan as the defeated weakling he truly is!

~Adrian Rogers~

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