When I am afraid, I will trust in you. Psalm 56:3
And 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 brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” Rev. 12:10-11
Dear Lord Jesus, even as these celebrative words first thundered from heaven by a loud voice, so they generate a shout of joy in my heart today. This portion of the Word gives us a freeing and encouraging perspective on spiritual warfare. Because of your cross, resurrection and ascension, we live in the “now” of your salvation, power, kingdom, and authority, Lord Jesus. Though we must be wise, though we must be careful, we need not fear anything. You’re calling us to warfare, not war-fear.
It wouldn’t surprise me if Martin Luther was meditating on this passage when he wrote these remarkable words: “And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us. The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him. His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure. One little word shall fell him.”
Indeed, Lord Jesus, though …