Waging War In the New Year

By Franklin Graham   •   January 2, 2014

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In the Book of Revelation, the Bible describes the fall of Satan from the heavens.

The Apostle John saw it this way: “That great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray” (Revelation 12:9).

Satan’s defeat in the heavenlies, however, has not yet led to his destruction. That awaits the second triumphant coming of Christ, when after being bound for a period of time, Satan will be eternally punished in hell. “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulphur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).

Until then, our archenemy will work tirelessly to blind the minds of the unbelieving and keep them captive in his evil treachery.

As we begin a New Year, we can only expect that the attacks and deceit of the adversary will grow more intense and deadly. “But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows his time is short” (Revelation 12:12).

This is why the upcoming year will be an extremely busy one for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. As the enemy of our souls ratchets up his deceptive schemes and tactics, we will boldly and openly proclaim Jesus Christ to multitudes around the world.

It is the life-giving Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ that liberates imprisoned souls. God’s truth has the power to conquer the deceptive ways of the wicked who oppress God’s people.

In Christ, our sins—with their guilt and shame—are overcome by the Savior. Jesus is the Light of the world, and His very light exposes our sin, leads us to repentance and gives us eternal life as we put our faith in Him.

Here in the United States, and abroad in India, Japan, the Republic of Georgia, Poland, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Canada and Australia, we will proclaim Jesus Christ as the Risen Savior. The Holy Spirit will use the Word of God to convict sinful hearts, and by the power of God, men, women and children will be born again.

In that moment of saving faith, they will be “rescued … from the dominion of darkness” and brought “into the kingdom of the Son he loves” (Colossians 1:13).

The Gospel of our Savior who died for our sins and rose again, “is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile” (Romans 1:16).

In his hymn “A Mighty Fortress,” Martin Luther penned this stanza:

“And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed his truth to triumph through us. The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure; one little word shall fell him.”

Christ is returning soon. Very soon I hope. Until then, we will work in the power of His might, preaching and proclaiming our only hope—Jesus Christ, who has conquered Satan, death and sin.

This is the reason for my hope.  ©2013 BGEA

Scripture quotations taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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51 Comments

  1. Tobey A. Graham says:

    I have been praying and desperately need a healing from a very disfiguring skin condition. I am trying to wait on Gods timing but in the meantime it is attacking my face and neck. How do I live like this? How do I wait on his timing without losing hope/faith? I am very upset and feel sometimes as if I don’t want to live.

  2. Michael Snow says:

    Charles Spurgeon was clear that it was spiritual warfare that occupies our time and strength. We American evangelicals have not been so clear and have also been blinded many times. http://spurgeonwarquotes.wordpress.com/

  3. Al Altnow says:

    I have the duty and privilege of being called to pastor a small church and I want you to know that I support your stance on Scripture, and your drive to share it correctly. I just wanted to let you know that there are others that strive to do the same [ of which I am one of those] and will stand on The Word of God and not water it down no matter what the circumstances or the pressure that comes forth. May God Bless .. Al

  4. Denise Durant says:

    please pray for me, I am fearfully of where I will spend eternity. I have been born again and read gods word and I sometimes I have fear. Please give me scripture that I can memorize them. Thank you and God bless. also please pray for my son Brian. His heart is blinded by satan, please lift him up in prayer.

  5. Pete Keyte says:

    How can we get our family and friends to understand what is going to happen? God bless you in your Ministry.

  6. My Info says:

    I was studying the end prophecy and listen to Billy Graham on 105.1 last night,
    I pray for further information on my subject. ..Thank you Lord and the Billy Graham ministry.

  7. Paul Zapulka says:

    And soon the God of Peace will crush Satan under your feet.Romans 16.20
    I rejoice in the words of victory in this article and the truth of our battles,the weapons we war with are mighty through God!!!!!!

  8. TROY PURKEY says:

    You all are the best. Love BILLY GRAHAM TRUE MAN OF GOD

  9. Hazel Sims says:

    I can’t remember when I started to contribute to BGEA, even though it wan’t much, I sent what I could, as often as I could. His messages have always been an inspiration to me, to get me through some bad times. I pray for him often, and know he can hardly wait to be reunited with his wonderful Ruth! I read Dr. Bell’s book, ” A white devil in China” then donated it to our Church Library! He was a great Christian, as well.

  10. wendell prins says:

    Praise GOD i feel his presence todey