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. pASTOR MARIE KENYA says:

    I THANK GOD FOR JESUS AND HIS POWER OF THE CROSS WHEREBY EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE CONFESS THAT JESUS IS LORD, IAM BELIEVING GOD FOR MY FAMILY TO BE SET FREE. GOD BLESS BILLY GRAHAMS PROGRAM.

  2. Wendell Eulester Samuel says:

    Please keep praying for me always. Am christian and a fully accreditted local preacher in the methodist church. Thanks for the email, Amen

  3. Francis Ndakeni says:

    Hallelujah,Thank God for the Victory in Christ.It is such fun to see satan loss,JESUS IS THE WINNER MAN and i am on the wininng side.Thank you for reminding me of the victory that is in Christ.

  4. Yolanda says:

    Praise God for we know for sure that HE IS VICTOR… Thank you Franklin for your ministry and may the Lord’s hand continue to be upon you and the ministry of Billy Graham… Yolanda

  5. Percy Rome Jr. says:

    I am a new Christian. Have always known of and admired Mr.Billy Graham. That’s why I have looked for information from him.would be live changing to maybe meet him and his Son one day. Thank you for the information. I’ve presently seeking the proper ways of prayer and who to pray to Jesus,God or the Holy Spirit. And advice would be great. Thanks much in advance.

  6. Pastor Henry Mokoena says:

    Indeed the devil is defeated…let the gospel of Jesus be preached all over the world. AMEN

  7. Janet Newell says:

    I hope the second coming of Christ is very soon & satan will be punished forever.

  8. Emory says:

    How wonderful to be reminded of the ultimate defeat of Satan, “his doom is sure; one little word shall fell him!” I thank for the wonderful ministry of BGEA and Franklin Graham.

  9. Gail-Marie Jaskula says:

    I thank God for you and your father, of how bold you are in proclaiming God’s Word all over the world. Your father’s books have helped me realize the power of the Holy Spirit and has opened my eyes to all the suffering around the world to the point of where it has ignited a spark in me to be in constant prayer for those people. I am so proud to call you my brothers in Christ.

  10. Jack Woltz says:

    Satan is accomplishing all of his vicious acts, It will continue until JESUS CHRIST will return, All people of this world are Letting Satan ruin 0ur lives, CAN we do something about it, YES, We can become BORNAGAIN CHRISTANS, Its all about what JESUS CHRIST HAS DONE, ON THE CROSS, And HIS RESERECTION, And HIS LOVE FOR US, We need to CHANGE for the better, THE BIBLE AND JESUS HIM SELF HAS TOLD WHAT WE NEED TO DO, START TODAY, PRAY,PRAY, PRAY, GOD BLESS ALL.