What a Soccer Match Reminded Me of Satan’s Limited Time

2013-09-14 19.27.18This past Saturday, my family along with some friends and I, attended a Colorado Rapids soccer match against FC Dallas.  The good guys (i.e., the Rapids) won 2-1 in a very exciting game.

When the Rapids were up in the 75th minute 2-1 thanks to an own goal by a Dallas player, the pace of the game changed on the part of Dallas.  Soon, they were sending everyone to their goal in hopes of tying the game and getting at worst a draw or at best a victory.  The more the clock ticked toward the end of the game, the more urgency they had in hopes of snatching victory out of the jaws of defeat.  The Rapids had to amp up their defense and really clamp down to make sure they came out making the home crowd happy.

Satan knows his time is short—he knows what the Word says:

For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you (Romans 16:19-20).

7 And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. 9 And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heavenand consumed them, 10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever (Revelation 20:7-10).

As the time grows closer, Satan’s activity will grow more, well, active.  As he started in the Garden by bringing the question of the truth of God’s Word into play with Adam and Eve, he has continued to do so even now—either on an academic level, or on a day-to-day level.

“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (James 4: 8 ).  We draw near to God by trusting His Word and trusting His work through Christ.  Christ remains, Satan’s time is short.

Are we resisting the right thing?  Don’t resist His Word, resist the enemy of that Word which saves and transforms!

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