The devil is pleased when people hold any unbiblical view of him, whether they deny his existence or worship him. The devil always seeks to create confusion about his true nature and purposes. God’s Word exposes Satan’s devious and deceitful nature as the “father of lies” (John 8:44, NASB) and warning us that he “disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14; cf. 2 Cor. 11:3, NASB) so that he can more easily deceive people. The apostle Paul expressed his concern about the devil saying, “Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes” (2 Cor. 2:11, NLT). Later in Ephesians Paul would caution us saying, “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil” (v.11, NLT).

Satan currently divides his time between roaming the earth “seeking someone to devour” (1 Pet. 5:8, NASB) and at God’s throne constantly accusing believers (Rev. 12:10). Satan ceaselessly addresses God about the unworthiness of believers pointing out how they have failed and continue to sin.

As part of his war against God, Satan and his demonic army oppose God’s Person, purposes, plan, and people both in heaven and on earth. This is why God’s Word describes the devil as “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2, NASB), as well as “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11). His theater of operations includes both the heavens and the earth, and this war is being fought at every conceivable level – morally, relationally, socially, philosophically, physically, theologically, and supernaturally.

Satan’s battle plan includes the simple plan of eliminating all those who serve God. If he could, he would kill them all. If not that, he would destroy their faith, if that were possible.

Satan desperately wants to prevent the Lord Jesus Christ from establishing His kingdom – both now spiritually in the hearts of men and in its future eternal form.

Satan’s evil plans will not succeed for God’s Word reveals that he is already a defeated enemy. Anticipating His victory over Satan at the Cross, Jesus said in John 12:31, “The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out” (NLT). To the Roman believers, Paul wrote, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Rom. 16:20, NLT). The writer of Hebrews declared that Jesus’ death on the Cross broke “the power of the devil, who had the power of death” (Heb. 2:14, NLT).

Though Satan was defeated at the Cross, his sentence has not yet been fully carried out. And though he understands his destiny as revealed in Scripture, Satan nevertheless relentlessly continues to fight his losing battle against God. This war will continue until Satan is incarcerated temporarily in the abyss (Rev. 20:1-3) and then permanently in hell (20:11).

Satan is filled with violent rage. He is like a cornered animal that knows things are closing in on him. He fights God and God’s people with great intensity. But thankfully, God tells us how to experience victory over this enemy who is trying to steal, kill and destroy your life. Today, I want us to think deeply about what God’s Word says in Revelation 12:11-12.

And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die. Therefore, rejoice, O heavens! (Revelation 12:11-12, NLT)

In that short statement, God gives you three mighty weapons to use in your battle against the devil. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 10, “We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons…” (vs. 3-4, NLT). Some of those weapons are included here. Let’s take a look at each one as we prepare our hearts and minds for the Lord’s Supper.

Satan is defeated by your cleansing

The first weapon used to defeat the devil is the blood of the Lamb. Satan is defeated by your spiritual cleansing. God’s Word says in 1 John 1:7, “the blood of Jesus… cleanses us from all sin” (NLT). The phrase the blood of the Lamb summarizes who Jesus is, what He did for you on the cross, and everything you gained because of what Jesus did on the cross. This is God’s way of summarizing everything you receive from the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Here is one of the strategies and schemes of the devil against Christians. Here is what he is going to do. He is going to tell you that you are a sinner and that you are no good. He is going to say, “What right do you have to call yourself a Christian? Look at all your sin, selfishness, and failures! Look at the mess your life is in! You have disobeyed God. You have mistreated people in your life.” How do you handle all that when those kinds of thoughts come to your mind?

God’s Word says believers have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb. First of all, you must begin by honestly admitting that the accusation of Satan is true: You do sin! Your life is a mess! You have lied, you have thoughtlessly hurt other people, you act selfishly, you have impure thoughts, you act angrily and greedy. What Satan accuses you of is true. Let’s admit it, confess it to God, and accept it. You are broken.

However, don’t end there. Remind yourself and Satan that you are covered by the blood of the Lamb. Your sins have all been nailed to the cross of Christ. Jesus took your sins on Himself, so you are not longer to be judged or accused before God. You are forgiven, pardoned, redeemed, adopted, born again, justified, and cleansed of your sin because of the blood of the Lamb. This is why God’s Word says, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). God paid to have you delivered from your sin past, present, and future. Listen to what God’s Word says in 1 Peter 1:18, “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God” (vs.18-19, NLT).

Satan is defeated by your cleansing because the blood of the Lamb was applied to your life. As you observe the Lord’s Supper remember this, thank God for the blood of the Lamb.

Satan is defeated by your confession

Another weapon used to defeat the devil is your testimony. Satan is defeated by your confession of what you know is true.

  • Your testimony is your story of what God has done in your life.
  • Your testimony includes how far Jesus has brought you, who you are in Christ, and where you are headed in Christ.
  • This is where you take a hold of God’s Word and say, “I am who God says I am, I can do what God says I can do, and I have what God says I have.”

The devil wants to steal, kill, and destroy your testimony. When you testify who Jesus is in your life, you are throwing water on Satan’s fire that is trying to devour you.

Because of the blood of the Lamb, the devil is going to have a hard time accusing you to God. However, if the devil can’t accuse you to God, then he will accuse you to you. He will remind you about all your sins past and present. When the devil reminds you of your past, you remind him of his future.

Let’s talk about your testimony for a minute against the devil’s strategy.

The devil is going to tell you that your God is weak, doesn’t care, not interested in you and doesn’t love you or like you and will not be there for you. Your testimony is not based on how you feel, but on what God’s Word says. So, testify to the truth that God’s Word says, “God loves me. He is all powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present and He will never leave me nor forsake me. When I fall, He helps me get back up. He says I am more than a conqueror, and I can do everything He wants me to do through Christ. God provides for me, guides me, cares about me, knows me, created me, redeemed me, fills me, teaches me, corrects me, and has a purpose for me. I once was blind, but now I see. I once was lost, but now I’m found.” That’s my testimony. That’s your testimony. You need to remind the devil of that and remind yourself of that.

In Luke 4 we read about how Jesus overcame the devil when he came to tempt him in the wilderness. Three times Satan tempted Him, and three times Jesus testified to what God’s Word said about it (Psalm 119:11). The Bible is described as a hammer that breaks hard rocks and a sword for battle, learn how to use it. God gave it to you. It is not just a book to be read, but a weapon to be used.

As you take the Lord’s Supper remember who God is, what He has done in your life, and think about the testimony He has given you over the years. He paid for your testimony. Thank Him for it. Remember these things.

Satan is defeated by your commitment

The third weapon used to defeat the devil is your commitment to Jesus. The believers mentioned in Revelation were also able to stand against Satan’s onslaught because they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die. Let’s break that down.

We are told they did not love their lives, let’s stop there. If the devil can get you to love your life more than Jesus, then he knows he can get you to do just about anything.

  • If you love your relationships more than Jesus, you will make decisions based on those relationships rather than what Jesus wants.
  • If you love your hobbies, recreation, and vacations more than Jesus, you will make choices based on having fun and pleasure.
  • If you love your career and making money more than Jesus, you will choose money over God every time.

Now look at the statement again, they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die. It does not say they hated their life. They did love their life. God had blessed them in many ways, had great friendships, and enjoyed what God had provided them. They loved their life but not to the point they were afraid to die.

  • They knew that because of Jesus, death had lost its sting (1 Cor. 15:55).
  • They had a Philippians 1:21 mindset which says, “For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better” (NLT).
  • I think they also knew something significant about what Jesus said in Matthew 10:39 when He said, “If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it” (NLT).
  • I also think they had an Acts 20:24 view of life which Paul stated, “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus” (NLT).

In other words, they loved Jesus more than everything, even more than their own lives. They would give up anything for Jesus – reputation, status, possessions, money and even life itself! They would rather die than bring shame to their Lord and His name. They would rather die than deny Him!

Just like them, your commitment to Jesus is a weapon against the devil.

Conclusion / Lord’s Supper

This passage concludes with a final note of praise: Therefore, rejoice, O heavens! Because of the defeat of Satan and the triumph of the saints, the heavenly chorus calls on the heavens and all who live in them to rejoice. I’m convince when you battle the devil with the blood of the Lamb, your testimony, and a high commitment to Jesus you will experience victory in your life and the heavens will rejoice because of your victory.

At this time, I would like the band to join me.

Today, as you take the Lord’s Supper, I want you to think about the victory Jesus gives you. I want you to remember that because of the blood of the Lamb you are an overcomer, and you have everything you need to live a victorious Christian life. Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” Remember Jesus.

  • Remember the blood He shed for you and what that means.
  • Remember who you are in Christ and how that changes how you live.
  • Remember your commitment to Jesus making sure you love Him more than life itself.

This morning the Lord’s Supper will be up to you. I want to encourage you to take a moment and pause and talk to God. Praise Him, thank Him, confess to Him, ask Him to help you repent of your sin and ask Him what He wants to do in your life. Talk to Him. 

When the band begins to play in a moment and when you are ready, you can come up to the front to one of the tables. The bread represents His body which He sacrificed for you and the juice represents His blood he shed for you. You can receive the Lord’s Supper up here or you can take it back to your seat. It’s up to you. You can eat or drink when you are ready.

I encourage you to be in a prayerful attitude as you receive the Lord’s Supper. We are not in a hurry. Take some time and slow down. Fix your heart and mind on God this morning.

When you are done you can place the cups in the trash cans on the way out.

When the band begins to play you can begin to come and when we are done, I will come back and close out our services. Band you can begin to play.