And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled. (Rev 20:2–3)
The Reality of the Enemy
I have heard people say “I bind you, Satan!” All that happens is Satan plays the “peek-a-boo” game. Let’s not fool ourselves, Satan won’t be bound until his day comes. He is no less active than he was when he tempted Jesus in the desert. He is still roaming to and fro looking to steal, kill, and destroy.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy (John 10:10)
“…your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pe 5:8)
The Range of His Deception
What started in the garden of Eden has expanded to the world. He has blinded the minds of those who do not know God. He doesn’t care what people believe, as long it keeps them from seeing the glory of Christ and finding salvation in Him. Therefore, Jesus commanded us to go and preach the good news of salvation to the ends of the earth.
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (2 Co 4:4)
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations… (Mt 28:19)
Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mk 16:15)
The Right Response
Satan hates God and hates His creation. His days are limited and he knows it. There is one objective on His mind, and that is to keep the lost deceived in their lostness, and that also means keeping believers from being effective for the Gospel. Our response should be to do as the Bible says, to know that the days are evil, redeem the time, and take the gospel light to the world
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Eph 5:15-16)
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Co 15:58)
If you died today, do you know if you would go to heaven?
We can know. In fact, without Jesus we can know that we won’t go to heaven. God has provided a way that we can know for sure. Not by trusting in what we can do, but trusting in what He did for you.
All Have Sinned Against God..
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23)
the penalty for sin in eternal punishment
The penalty for sin in eternal punishment, shut out from the glorious presence of the Lord. Hell is a place when people ultimately get what they ask, separation from God and all His goodness. The Bible describes it as a place of torment and suffering.
For the wages of sin is death… (Ro 6:23)
the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; (2 Th 1:7-9)
The Bible says that Jesus came into this world so that we could be saved from the penalty of sin. He, the righteous one, took our sin upon Him on the cross.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Co 5:21)
The Bible says that all who look to Jesus and call upon His name, believing that He was raised from the dead for our justification, will be saved. You can have your sins forgiven and know that when you die you will spend eternity in His presence.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (Jn 3:17)
Trust Him today.