Resources: Matt Allen
Good morning friends family and brethren! Great is God’s faithfulness for His mercies are new every day. Wake up and consider thanking God for His faithfulness and mercies. Please consider coming out and worshiping with us at the Spearsville Road Church of Christ (6244 S 500 W, Trafalgar, IN-46181). Today’s lesson is titled: Balaam’s Donkey had More Sense than Balaam. 10:00 am and the evening sermon deals with God’s Laws of Pardon-How many times do I need to call on Jesus to save me? Once saved and I sin, do I call on the name of the Lord to be saved all over again? 6:pm.
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time. (Revelation 20:1-3)
So many times the book of Revelation has been used to scare folks into buying books and believing that everything is a conspiracy. In 2015 Jim Baker started selling end-of-times food, water filters and other nonsense because he believes the end is near and we can escape the end. From Sadaam Hussein to Barack Obama, pastors have somehow worked them into Revelation as being the anti-Christ or some foolishness.
The prophetic book is a wonderful book of hope in the midst of persecution. To summarize the book, I would say, “God wins!” One can turn to Revelation and receive so many blessings that will fill the soul with peace. (Revelation 1:3) This is especially true when it comes to our relationship with Satan. Yes, I meant our relationship with Satan.
There is no one that can claim ignorance that there is a God (Romans 1:18-20), clearly teaches that it has been made evident to all mankind. He calls us through His word and accepts us when we obey the gospel. When we hear (or read) that Jesus died on the cross and resurrected on the third day, was sat at God’s right hand and made Lord and savior, then we have heard the gospel. That knowledge now demands that we do something with it, either believe it or not believe it ((Romans 10:17; John 8:32). When the person believes the gospel then it can be said that he had developed a special kind of faith. This is a faith that moves me to do something in order to accept the free gift of salvation (Hebrews 11:6; John 20:31). God requires that man repent of his lawless lifestyle and make up his mind to change how he lives (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30); open his mouth and confess that Jesus is the Son of God (Romans 10:10; Mathew 10:32); be baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Galatians 3:27; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38); and, finally, do our best to remain faithful to Him until we die (Revelation 2:10). Thus we have a personal relationship with Christ, the Father and His Holy Spirit.
With the promise of salvation also comes the security of that salvation. Romans 8:31-39 assures us that nothing can separate us from that love-not even the devil! Since this is true then why is it that many fall away, abandon the faith and some even become atheists? This is where the junkyard dog comes into play.
Revelation 20 says that the evil was cast into the abyss and chained for a thousand years so that he would not deceive the nations any longer (1-3). This binding of Satan happened when Jesus resurrected from the dead, never to die again and thus conquering death (1 Corinthians 15:50-58). This means that the devil cannot posses us, hurt us, touch us and make us his followers. Unless we want him to.
Junkyards of old had a mean and vicious dog chained up. This was deter the thieves. That dog had enough lead in his chain to make a perimeter. As long as you did not cross into his perimeter the dog could not harm you. The same is true of the devil. He is chained up and only hurt you when you decide to cross his perimeter.
Sin is fun and attractive. If it were not so then we would not desire it. May we have the strength and courage to keep away.
 New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Re 20:1–3). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.