This devotional is based on Acts 28 that is read in accordance with the Revived by His Word initiative of the General Conference of SDAs.
"He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm." Acts 28: 5
What a symbolic defiance of the Serpent's most threatening weapon. I recall watching a movie some years ago. The main characters were hunting treasure in some long lost, boobie-trapped cave. These were supposed to be very scary, life-threatening traps, but as real as they appeared, they were only an illusion and were overpowered only by mental defiance. But sure enough every new scene seemed scarier than the one before, and it didn't seem so easy to resist. How true a picture of us fighting with the Devil. His power lies not in what he may be able to do to us physically, but in how he might impact our MINDS. Didn't Jesus say, "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell?" Matt. 10: 28.
Although facing a sealed destiny no sooner than his rebellion began, Satan's defeat was all but finalized at Calvary, where he exposed his best hand, which wasn't good enough, because three days later Jesus would rise from the dead, snatching the "keys of hell and death," Rev. 1: 18.
The final phase of Lucifer's case in Heaven's courts is that he'll end up in the fire: "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever." Rev. 20: 10.
So isn't it clear that - ALL THE DEVIL WOULD THROW AT US NOW (as ever was the case) IS BUT AN ILLUSION? Therefore, when he hisses, let's stand our ground, and if he bites; just shake him off, in Jesus' name.
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