Response

As you search your own heart, take time to ask the Lord to reveal any areas of rebellion and stubbornness and iniquity (lawlessness) that is there. As the Holy Spirit shows you those areas, repent of those sins, renounce any particular area He shows you, and ask for forgiveness in the name of Jesus through the cleansing of His blood. Finally, commit your ways to the Lord. He promises to direct your steps. Rebellion and stubbornness will lead to a life of problems without answers. A life of obedience and surrender will lead to peace and stability even during times of tribulation.

War in Heaven

Revelation 12 gives us a picture of the struggle that happened in heaven. Jesus ended the war in heaven against the saints through His finished work on the cross, His descent into hell, and then His ascent into heaven. Satan no longer has a right to accuse the saints of God. Christ Jesus is reigning at the right hand of God with all power and authority in heaven and in the earth which the Father has given Him. Satan’s kingdom is restricted to the earth and under the earth. The holy nation of God, which is His church, with the help of the Holy Spirit is called to deal with him on earth and his effect on the nations, bringing all things into the obedience of Christ.

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. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.” And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. For this reason, rejoice O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.

Revelation 12:9–12 NASB