Today I want to address something that is a serious issue.
Satan and his minions.
I will say that right now, Satan is NOT happy about what I am writing because he absolutely loves the lie that may people, especially Americans, believe today… that Satan is not at work and demons do not do his bidding.
What better way to claim (temporary) victory than convincing people you don’t even exist. By humans believing Satan and demons are myths or spiritual hoaxes, Satan is able to have unopposed, full access to messing with their lives… and get away with it! People blame everything else and focus their efforts to fixing the wrong cause of their problems.
Satan is a real enemy who is out to keep as many people from finding Christ and to ruin our lives. Does this sound extreme to you? Do you think I sound a bit over zealous? Wouldn’t he love you to believe that?
So let’s get to the simple truths of the matter. Do you believe what Jesus said was true? If so, there are many things within Scripture that you ought to take seriously…
“The thief [Satan] comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I [Jesus] came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
Satan is Jesus’ antithesis. Satan wants to be God and he is writhing around earth like a little toddler, kicking and screaming, seeking revenge, hating God’s people and trying to destroy their lives… because he is not God… never will be… and his defeat is SURE. Satan knows that he loses in the end, but he is taking advantage of every moment before then to gain as many victories as he can to keep people separated from God for eternity. He wants to win souls for his kingdom… Hell.
Jesus wants to win your soul for His kingdom… Heaven.
Satan certainly targets non-believers, but targeting believers is a huge part of his tactics. He desires for us to be rendered as useless and distracted… caught up in our own sin and focused on ourselves. If we are self focused, how can we be an effective witness for the work of the Gospel? If you belong to God, Satan wants to steal your joy, kill your spirit, and destroy your life. Are you ready to take him seriously?
Ready for the next truth?
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)
Why would we be instructed to put on heavenly armor if our enemy was not a serious foe? And do you notice that it is not just attacks that we face… but schemes. These attacks we face from Satan and his minions are not just frontal assaults, but they are clever, tricky, calculated, sneaky, hidden, and deceiving.
In other words… if you don’t think you have had a face off with Satan lately… it’s not surprising! There will not be a man with horns or a creepy dark figure trying to haunt you. Satan is behind the scenes… the master of disguise… the mastermind putting everything in motion to set you up for failure.
Is there a sin issue you keep falling to? Anxiety that is crippling you? Feeling depressed and worthless? Unable to get victory? Always seem to be at the wrong place at the wrong time? Bombarded with temptation? Surrounded by people who are tearing you down? This is Satan’s work.
Now, when it comes to sin, you ultimately yield to your flesh and selfish desires, but Satan knows you so well that he is able to set you up for failure. As a believer, he cannot harm you and must flee in the name of Jesus, but he can make everything around you chaotic.
Now… before you lose hope (I hope you haven’t!)… let’s discuss this truth… (sorry I REALLY like ellipses! […]!)
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Satan may be prowling, but God will always provide a way out for you! You simply must choose it. And remember that God provided us with His armor to stand against Satan’s schemes: belt of truth (God’s Word), breastplate of righteousness (living in accordance to His Word), shoes of the readiness of the Gospel (testify to Jesus), shield of faith (believing what God says is true), helmet of salvation (Holy Spirit is in you if you have accepted Christ’s gift of salvation), the sword of the Spirit (Word of God), AND prayer (how we connect to the Father).
Satan is a real enemy, doing real work… but we have everything we need to defeat him. We simply need to acknowledge that we are in a battle and be ready for his attacks. Victory is ours if we have accepted Christ as our Savior and follow after Him.
So what do you think about Satan? I would love to hear your thoughts, concerns, and stories. Comment below.