Many books and movies present a dastardly villain as part of the storyline. Readers and viewers are most satisfied when finally as the story comes to a close the villain is defeated and justice prevails.
“Villain” does not even begin to describe satan. The dark, dark evils he has reigned down on the world and all of humanity are unspeakable. Hatred. Destruction. Suffering. Disease. Persecution. Chaos. Death.
The enemy of our souls is not a character in a story. He is an angel who pridefully took a stand against God and who, with the angels who followed him, has made it a goal to steal, kill, and destroy all that the Lord loves . . . including you and me.
But God wants us to know how it ends for him:
Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.Revelation 20:10
And for you and me:
I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it . . . I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books.Revelation 20:11a, 12
Praise God! Your name (and mine) is written in the Book of Life!
Because of God’s great love, the gift of Holy Spirit empowered faith, and because of God’s undeserved grace and mercy, all who know, love, and trust in Jesus will hear the King say:
“Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.”Matthew 25:34
By God’s grace, from the moment satan, the devil, is thrown into the lake of fire and throughout all eternity, he will never again be a threat to anyone whose name is in the Book of Life.
A Prayer to Live Assured of God’s Love
and the Book of Life
Father, thank you for the assurance of Your Word. Thank you for Your promises and for the hope they give me. Thank you for loving us so much and for sending Jesus to show us Your love, to teach us how to live, and to save us from the enemy who wants to steal, kill and destroy us.
Your Word assures us that satan’s time is limited, that Jesus defeated him on the cross, and that we don’t have to fear him. You give us everything we need to stand strong against his lies and temptations.
I give You my heart. I trust Your Word and I believe Your promises. I lay my sins at the foot of the cross and surrender myself to Jesus, my Lord and Savior. I love You! And I believe that by Your grace, given to me through Jesus’ death and resurrection, my name is written in the Book of Life. I believe that I will live with You forever and always. Please help me live each day full of faith in ways that glorify Your holy name. Amen.
The LAB Notes add the following:
God’s judgment is finished. The lake of fire is the ultimate destination for everything wicked—satan, the beast, the false prophet, the demons, death, the grave, and all those whose names are not recorded in the Book of Life because they did not place their faith in Jesus.
Jesus is our assurance! He is the victorious King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the Savior of our souls.
Pause again today in faith, thank and praise the Father for the gift of Jesus, and surrender your life to Him in faith . . . that you might live completely assured that your name is written in the Book of Life.
On today’s note write:
By God’s grace, I have placed my faith in Jesus. My name is written in the Book of Life.
May God bless you today and fill you with the assurance that all His promises are true in Christ Jesus.
For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.2 Corinthians 1:20
Thank you so much for joining me today.
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