Luke 10:17-20 (NIV)
17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
I remember at camp this past summer having two guys from Emmaus College come and work at the camp and give us information about their college. As part of their presentation they were giving away shirts to some of those who turned in cards with their names on it. The cards with a persons name on it was picked by random, and if their name was called they would receive a cool shirt. There have been many times in the past where I was in similar situations waiting for my name to be called to see if I would win something. It is great when you hear your name called. Last things that I won were hunting two way radios. It had been a great evening anyway, but made it even more fun. It brings a sense of excitement even if the event you were in, was quite boring or just somewhere you really did not want to be.
The disciples were quite excited as they returned to Jesus to report from their “mission trip” all that had happened.(see Luke 10:17-20) One of the things that brought them joy was “even the demons submit to us in your name”. What was the reply of our Lord? He told them that they had been given much authority over all the power of the enemy. But, He told them, even though this may bring joy, you should really rejoice because your names are written in heaven.
That is something that should bring the greatest joy to all of us who have trusted in Jesus as Lord and Savior. It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are around us in life whether demons are submitting to us in the name of Jesus, or if like David in Psalm 22, we are being put down and suffering. Ultimately David knew and we know that God will ultimately deliver those that are His own. I do not know about you, but my name is written in Heaven. I do not have to sit here wondering if my name will be called. It is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. I pray that you have that confidence, and that today you will experience true joy in the midst of a difficult day, even a crisis. May you know the loving touch of our God and the security in Christ in these days of uncertainty. He is Faithful and True!
Revelation 19:11 (NIV)
11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.
Waiting for my name to be called,
Some references on the Book of Life. Will your name be there?
Philippians 4:3 (NIV)
3 Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
Revelation 3:5 (NIV)
5 He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.
Revelation 13:8 (NIV)
8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.
Revelation 17:8 (NIV)
8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come.
Revelation 20:12 (NIV)
12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
Revelation 20:15 (NIV)
15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Revelation 21:27 (NIV)
27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Revelation 22:19 (KJV)
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
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