reason to rejoice

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE DEMONS DO NOT SUBMIT?

Luke 10:17-20

Luk 10:17 Then the seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name!”
Luk 10:18 That was when he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
Luk 10:19 Notice, I have given you the right to tread on snakes and scorpions and on the full force of the enemy, and nothing will hurt you.
Luk 10:20 Yet, do not keep rejoicing that the spirits submit to you, but keep rejoicing that your names stand written in heaven.”

reason to rejoice

The seventy-two evangelists found that they had power over the enemy, and the demons themselves submitted to their commands in the name of Jesus. When they pointed this out, rejoicing, to Jesus, he responded cryptically by saying that he “saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” Was he referring to his actually witnessing Satan’s fall (Isaiah 14:12)? Possibly. Or, he might be saying that each time one of these evangelists came with the gospel, Satan’s fall was happening all over again.

But Jesus warned them not to stake their joy on their sucess in their ministry. What really matters is their eternal standing in God’s grace. Their names stand written in heaven, so whether they succeed in their ministry or not, they can continue to rejoice. These are healing words to a church which will see thousands of failures and just a few successes.

LORD, we stand with you, regardless of our success or failure at defeating Satan. Our confidence is in our eternal destiny, not our present ability.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary.
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