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Toothless Bulldog by Pastor W.F Kumuyi

DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL

SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2021

TOOTHLESS BULLDOG

TEXT: Revelation 20:1-15

KEY VERSE:
“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.” – (Revelation 20:1,2)

Prof. Carl Armerding once wrote a story about his experience at the zoo. “As I stood there,” he said, “an attendant entered the cage of a wildcat through a door on the opposite side. He had nothing in his hands but a broom. Carefully closing the door, he proceeded to sweep the floor of the cage.” He observed that the worker had no weapon to ward off an attack by the beast. In fact, when he got to the corner of the cage where the wildcat was lying, he poked the animal with the broom. The wildcat hissed at him and then lay down in another corner of the enclosure. Armerding said to the attendant, “You certainly are a brave man.” “No, I ain’t brave,” he replied as he continued to sweep. “Well, then, that cat must be tame.” “No,” came the reply, “he ain’t tame.” “If you aren’t brave and the wildcat isn’t tame, then I can’t understand why he doesn’t attack you.” Armerding said. The man chuckled, then replied with an air of confidence, “Mister, he’s old and he ain’t got no teeth.” To the believer, Satan is like the wildcat. Defeated by Christ at Calvary, He lost his fangs!

Since Satan fell by rebellion, his activities on earth and in heaven have been restricted. Our passage shows that during the Millennial reign, Satan will be completely bound and he would not be able to influence governance or people. After that, he would be released for a while to lead a rebellion which will end in his eternal banishment to hell.

It is important for Christians to know that God has made a “hedge” around us so that we can be safe from every onslaught of Satan.

Satan is fallen before you today (Luke 10:18). This truth should make you to go out with confidence, knowing that the grace of God is sufficient for you as you endeavour to make the right choices and honour Him.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Satan is the fallen foe incapable of hindering our work for the Lord.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Acts 20-21

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