“Therefore be glad (exult), O heavens and you that dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in fierce anger (fury), because he knows that he has [only] a short time [left]!” Revelation 12:12 ->me: Now that satan has been cast down to earth, everyone in heaven is free of hearing satan’s accusations day and night…but the earth and sea now get the full on fury. The troubles of the persecuted righteous arise not because Satan is too strong, but because he is beaten. He is doing all the harm he can while he can. But he will not be able to do this for much longer. When I was on my “Building Faithful Men” retreat, one of the gents in my group talked about what sin does when we go after it to slay it. It acts like a man who is being crucified – imagine, if you were being led up Golgotha and knew what was ahead as you drug your cross up the hill; your mind would be racing with all of the possible outs you might have. When the soldiers then pinned you down and took your left hand to be nailed, you would fight for your life; you would kick, squirm, spit, and anything else you could do to escape or delay…then that first nail would go in and the searing pain would have you fight even harder. You would fight even though your one hand has a nail through it (you would be weighing the options of tearing your hand loose). Then, when that second nail went in your fight would begin to subside you start to accept the inevitable result. Soon you relent to only staying alive in your predicament, but your time is short. Our sin reacts no different when we go after it. When the Lord reveals your sin to you, and in your new creature you begin to remove it from your life, you can be assured that sin will fight back harder than you have ever seen it before…but stay true, don’t let it get away…its time is short if you persevere.