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     The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 1 John 3:8 (NIV)

     Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devilHeb. 2:14 (NIV)

     He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. Col. 2:15 (ESV)

Dear Lord Jesus, I am so grateful eternal life includes a world completely devoid of all sin, evil, and brokenness. Though it will require your second coming, nonetheless, I am grateful for that Day and long for it more than ever.

The Day of no more bombings or even kidnappings; no more human trafficking or even bad traffic; no more greed or need, in any form; no more harming or hurting, meanness or madness; no more broken people, places, or things. Every thing, every place, and everyone will be redeemed and restored, radiant and robust. Hasten the Day!

Thank for, Jesus, for destroying the devil’s work, by your work on the cross. His crushed head, broken dominion, and sure demise are sweetness to our souls, peace in our storms, and power for our mission. Through your shame you shamed evil, and by your defeat you destroyed darkness. Terror is now terrified of you. Though the devil is filled with fury, he is on a leash, knowing his time is short (Rev. 12:12).

We won't shrink back and bemoan; we will not cower or take cover. You've won the war, and you'll win the remaining battles as well. As full as the world is with evil and devils, it will be filled thousands of times over with your glory and beauty. As surely as you spoke the world into existence, you'll speak the one word that will fully fell the devil, and spell the end to all his deadly doings. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Hallelujah!

Lord Jesus, we praise, bless, and adore you, for so great a salvation and so trustworthy a hope. For your glory, we will live this day in light of that Day. So very Amen we pray, in your exalted and majestic name.


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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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