February 9, 2016



Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell there.

~Revelation 12:12, ERV


The things that I long to be free of–guilt, shame, fear, greed, lust, impurity–are all related to sin.


Therefore is a connecting word. To understand verse 12, you have to read the verses prior: Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon (devil) and his angels. And the dragon lost the battle, and he and his angels were forced out of heaven. This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.

Did you catch that: the devil has been evicted from heaven, he was forced out and thrown down. The good news is; no devil in heaven. The bad news is that he was cast down to earth and he came here in a rage. He is angry at God for evicting him from heaven. He has lost the battle in heaven and he lacks the power to enter into the presence of God. He cannot touch God so he goes after God’s children here on earth. This is not a reason to fear, he cannot get to you without going through Jesus.

The ancient serpent, the accuser of the brethren, the adversary, the deceiver of the nations has brought the fight to this world because he could not conquer heaven. He vents his anger toward the Church, the body of Christ. He spews out a river of venomous propaganda in an effort to destroy the body of Christ. He is angry, desperate and losing power. In other words, eventually, he will fizzle out. His best days are behind him while our best days lie ahead.

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  • WOW! The LORD is good, another profession of faith. Our God is an awesome God.
  • I went with June’s class yesterday {Senior Adult Ladies} to Greenbrier for an evening meal and had a very good time. I think we had nine. During the meal, Lou said to me, “That was a good service this morning. I especially liked Brad Paisley singing the Old Rugged Cross.” I think every woman at the table echoed her sentiments. I am here to tell you, the Senior Adult women like Brad Paisley: we are going to have to have him back.
  • Edith Sandlin has surgery in Huntsville today.
  • Continue to pray for Gary Garner, Buford Burgess, Heath Roberts, Kane Hogan and Kerri Callahan.
  • My car read 45 degrees [yesterday], the sign out front concurred and the computer said 45 but that was the coldest 45 degrees I have ever felt. It felt like 25* to me. Four more Sundays until the time change and six until Spring.

Gary, Keri and Kane