What would you wager for eternity?
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us
from evil.” — Matthew 6:9–13 | ESV
Life is fleeting. With an average of 25,000 days to live, it’s a small wonder that every person on the planet desires to make the most of their life. Every decision we make is an investment for this life and the next.
Buy that new top because it makes you happy? Why not? you can always charge it. Scold the waiter that served you poorly? Of course, that’s not how you do business. Visit that website incognito because you need to let off some steam? Sure, you’re not hurting anyone anyways. The devil’s strategy is to focus us on the temporary: the instant over the enduring, what you get now versus what you could get later. He certainly makes it enticing, dangling before your eyes the things your heart desires. Understanding this reveals a key to defeating him.
And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. — Revelations 12:11 ESV
And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb…
Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross has permanently defeated the enemy.
and by the word of their testimony
Our testimony includes the declaration of what Jesus did for us and recognising His work in our lives. Honouring His Word and His work gives us confidence to overcome our enemy.
for they loved not their lives even unto death.
Conquering the enemy includes obeying His commands; even if it costs us some of the temporal joys and pleasures of this life. It’s choosing the reality of His life over the desires and expectations of our own.