Waging War In the New Year

By Franklin Graham   •   January 2, 2014

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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  1. Marie Stace says:

    Praise God for His saving grace and his wonderful love to His saved by grace children . God is love.

  2. evelyn pugh says:

    Thank GOD for the Billy Graham ministry, it has been a blessing for many years to me.

  3. Margareta Cronholm says:

    Oh, my Lord, my Holy One. Keep Satan distant, ease our burdens, fill us with joy over life, give us peace insteaad of pain, and lift our Spirit. In Jesus Name I pray.

  4. geo deo says:

    Jesus Christ is King Hosea in the highest

  5. Bonnie Bleckler says:

    I thank you for sharing Gods words of truth.In these days and times it is easy to get distracted from what is really important. It seems like I can’t get enough of His word and pray that when others see me they really see Jesus.He will never leave or forsake us.I hold on to this thought because it has helped me through some trying times. I hope it will help someone else along the way.”I know that He loves me just like I am, but…He won’t leave me here.May God bless the Billy Graham Ministery .

  6. Celis Sam says:

    And all God’s people said AMEN!

  7. Dean Greenwood says:

    Amen and amen, brother Franklin!!! We serve a Risen Savior that has defeated all the powers of darkness triumphing over them by the power of the cross. Praise His Holy Name!

  8. Phyllis Knight says:

    I admire the Holy work of BGEA, My mom started me as a child with Decision Mag. I am now 76and read magazine each month and pass it on. God Bless your Ministry with Prayers, time management and money.

  9. Brady says:

    What a wonderful day it will be when we all meet at the big homecoming in the sky in the presence of Jesus Christ our Lord and King. Until that day though we must work to make sure their is as many people as possible at the wonderful triumphant homecoming!!!! May God pour rich blessings on everyone who believes that we might open our and allow Christ to lead someone to Him through us!!!!!!

  10. William Parker says:

    I simply love and learn from all the e-mails you send me. Please do not ever me off your mailing list. I contribute to your ministry whin I can. I am a disabled veteran and do not have much at the end of the month, but I do support the Billy Graham Ministry.when I can.

    God Bless

    1. Lynn Stepp says:

      William, We appreciate you so much. God Bless