Summary: Every believer can overcome the enemy, because of what Jesus has done for us. I. We Win Because of the Passion of the Christ (11). II. We Win By Having Passion for the Christ (11). III. We Win By Being More Attached to Jesus Than to Our Own Life (11).
Overcoming the Enemy
Revelation 12:7-12 7 And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled down-- that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. 11 They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. 12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short."
Intro: How might a person go about defeating a powerful enemy? Normally, we would turn to our physical resources (weapons, strength, etc.). However, the problem with this enemy is that he is invisible and you cannot touch him physically. In fact, his main tactic against us might be called psychological warfare. He wants to confuse us and take away our will to live a victorious life. He tries to remind of us our past failures and our weaknesses, so we will lose all confidence and live under a load of guilt. He tries to undermine what our Commander-in-Chief has told us, questioning his credibility and authority. He used that tactic on Eve in the Garden: “Did God really say not to eat from any tree in the garden?” What was the enemy trying to do? Of course God didn’t say they couldn’t eat from all of the trees! God only restricted them from one tree. The enemy was trying to cast doubt on God’s character. In his next words, he flat out contradicted God’s word. God told them they would die if they ate from the forbidden tree. However, the serpent said, “You will not surely die. God is holding out on you and wants to keep you from enjoying life.” You know the rest of the story. If not, see Gen. 3.
-So, how can we defeat such an evil, sneaky, clever, deceptive foe? It requires something more than we can find in ourselves. We will talk about how to overcome the enemy as we look a little deeper into this passage.
-Before we do, there are several views about when this war in heaven takes place. Some would say that Satan rebelled and was cast out of heaven, even before the creation of man, because he was present in the Garden to tempt Eve. Others say that since Satan appeared before God to accuse Job, and later in Zechariah 3 he accused Joshua the high priest, then he must not have been expelled from heaven yet. Therefore, it must have happened either when Christ did His work on the cross, or it will happen in the future to signal the beginning of the Great Tribulation.