On July 2 at 12:30 AM I woke up from a dream that left me overwhelmed. I got up searched for my journal to write it down. It would take far too long to share all the details but the word “fight” kept coming up. In one of the scenes I preached at a funeral service with only five minutes to prepare. When I asked the Lord what should I preach He brought me to Revelation 12:11:
“They conquered him completely through the blood of the Lamb and the powerful word of His testimony. They triumphed because they did not love and cling to their own lives, even when faced with death.” (TPT)
Even though this scripture seemed unusual for a funeral service-I felt the Father wanted the church to fight in this manner. Later in my dream the same theme came forth again-but this time on a football field. The head coach instructed me to go into the locker room and tell the team the only way they could win against a more powerful team was to “fight courageously!”
By this time I was wide awake, so I spent the next several hours writing, reading Revelation 12, and praying over the dream. Revelation 12 summarizes the spiritual battle that wars all throughout the Bible and mirrors what continues to this day. A fight in the heavenly realms manifests itself on earth. The “fiery red dragon,” also known as Satan, with horns of power and a massive tail has waged a war against the Father’s glory, Jesus His Son, and all the children born of the Holy Spirit.
But praise be to our Father God, this chapter declares the Son born of a woman defeated the “serpent, the ancient snake called the devil,” (vs. 9). Revelation 12 highlights the victory of the cross and the present reign of Christ through His people the church.
However, even though the victory is secured forever for those in Christ, the battle is not over yet. The dragon despite suffering a mortal wound is hell bent on warring against the Father’s children, those who seek to follow His command and hold fast to their love for His Son Jesus, (vs. 17).
I don’t know about you, but I feel that battle all around. The Deceiver and his horde of demons continue to spew out hate, lies, condemnation, fear, discord. As Christians we come face to face with a culture of death and destruction much like a raging flood. Satan’s desire is to lure Abba’s children into living defeated lives. He also desires to keep those living in the bondage of sin as far from the love of Christ as he possibly can. He does not want anyone to know that Jesus can bring full forgiveness and freedom.
Pondering the dream and this incredible passage of Scripture I hear the Spirit say “It’s time to fight!” Fight for Abba’s children to live in the fullness of Christ salvation. Fight for the lost that they may hear the saving message of the cross. It’s time for the bride of Christ to awake and be a light in the darkness.
For the next few blogs I want to look deeper into verse 11 and how we are called to fight With His Blood, With His Testimony, and With the Fear of the Lord.
I challenge you to spend some time reading and praying through Revelation 12. Let the Holy Spirit both guide and encourage you in the fight!