Revelation 20:1-3 Binding Satan
1 Then I saw a mighty angel descending from the heavenly realm, holding a heavy chain and a key—the key of the deep [abyss], 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent known as the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. 3 The mighty angel threw him into the pit, locked it, and sealed it so that he could no longer deceive the nations until the thousand years were over. (After that he must be loosed for a brief time.)
Years ago, our neighbors had a cat named Waffle, who loved to prowl around our house; he often laid near the doors. Every now and then one of the Haleys would inadvertently not latch the door securely and, in time, the door would open with the slightest breeze. More than once, I found Waffle inside our house making himself at home. The door was open, so there was nothing to stop him from entering.
As we read our passage today, we must remember the Lord bound Satan at the time of Christ’s death and resurrection to protect his family. For the believer, Satan is a defeated foe as long as we do not open the door to him. Sin opens the door for Satan; if you open the door he is going to enter your “house.” That is why Jesus reminds us to be quick to repent. Jesus then forgives us and shuts the door once again on Satan’s unlawful entry. “Your enemy the devil is prowling around outside like a roaring lion, just waiting and hoping for the chance to devour someone” (1 Peter 5:8). Let’s keep the door shut the way Jesus commands.
Prayer: Lord thank you for protecting me. Holy Spirit, help me run from sin keeping the spiritual door locked. In Jesus’ name. Amen.