In The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis steered that we make two errors concerning the satan.
One is to provide him extra authority than he deserves—then he can do what he needs.
The opposite is to disclaim that he exists—then he can do what he needs.
Individuals at the moment sometimes consider Devil as an emblem of evil, carrying pink tights and a tail, the stuff of Saturday cartoons. He’s simply as completely happy to be ignored as to be feared.
Nevertheless it’s unattainable to disregard his work: damaged hearts and houses, abuse, illness, and immorality. Even those that don’t admit the truth of Devil should admit the truth of Satanism. In some locations in America, the worship of Devil is rising ten instances sooner than any Christian church. In recent times, the Satanic Bible has outsold the Holy Bible in lots of college bookstores.
This essay is written to persuade you that Devil is each actual and defeated. He needs you to consider neither is true.
The selection can be yours.
Admit his actuality
Devil goes by a variety of names within the Bible.
The 2 we all know greatest are “Devil” and “satan.”
The previous means “accuser” and is discovered thirty-four instances in Scripture—the one who accuses and abuses us. Satan is discovered thirty-six instances within the New Testomony and actually means “slanderer.”
Devil is also referred to as the “historic serpent,” the “dragon,” and the “evil one.” Jesus’ description of Devil’s work in John 8:42–47 is a daunting resume certainly.
First, Devil claims possession over each unsaved soul.
In John 8, our Lord refers to his enemies as kids of their Satanic “father” (v. 44). He’s the “god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4), the “prince of this world” (John 12:31) who controls this fallen age (1 John 5:19). Christians stay in a world dominated by Devil. We’re troopers stationed on enemy soil, dwelling in an occupied nation.
Second, the satan blinds our minds to the reality.
He’s “a liar and the daddy of lies” (John 8:44). For this reason the one that has not obtained the Holy Spirit can’t perceive the issues of God (1 Corinthians 2:14). Devil needs to grab the seed of the phrase from the hearts that want it most (cf. Matthew 13:1-9).
Third, Devil lies about God’s phrase.
From Genesis 3 to the current, he manipulates the reality of Scripture to steer us astray. The one who quoted the Bible in tempting Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11) will misuse God’s phrase to deceive us as nicely. Not every thing we hear taught as the reality of God is. Our enemy can quote the Bible higher than we are able to, however at all times for a diabolical finish.
Fourth, the satan is a “assassin from the start” (John 8:44).
Devil is a roaring lion, searching for somebody to devour (1 Peter 5:8). Those that serve his trigger interact in bodily, emotional, and sexual assaults in opposition to one another and the remainder of us. Their grasp needs nothing lower than the wholesale destruction of the human race and particularly the folks of God.
Fifth, Devil guidelines demons.
They function his minions and foot troopers in his ongoing struggle in opposition to the Lord and his kids.
In essence, Devil opposes God.
In John 8, he impressed the spiritual leaders to hunt Jesus’ dying. He later led them to crucify our Lord.
Devil is the other of God in each approach:
- Our Lord is gentle; Devil is darkness.
- God is a holy, consuming fireplace; the satan is sinful, sickening, diseased.
- God is Spirit; Devil is unholy carnality.
- God loves you; Devil hates you.
- God gave his Son for you; Devil would take your soul.
- God is your Father; the satan is your foe.
Don’t give him an excessive amount of energy
Devil is actual, however he’s additionally defeated. Jesus got here to earth to destroy the satan’s work (1 John 3:8). When our Lord died on the cross, sin died. When he rose from the grave, the grave misplaced. Sooner or later, Devil can be thrown into the lake of fireplace to be tormented day and evening all the time (Revelation 20:10). Devil is not going to reign in hell—he can be punished there, without end.
Devil is at struggle with our Father, and we’re the battlefield the place the battle rages. He can’t harm God, so he assaults God’s kids. The easiest way to wound me is to assault my sons.
In our non secular struggle with this enemy, how can we win?
First, resist him in God’s power.
“Submit yourselves to God, resist the satan, and he’ll flee from you” (James 4:7). The second you might be tempted, submit the difficulty to God and select to withstand: “Don’t give the satan a foothold” (Ephesians 4:27). It’ll by no means be simpler to refuse sin than when it first seems in your thoughts or coronary heart.
Second, declare your victory in God’s energy.
Your Father guarantees that he’ll permit no temptation with out providing you with the power to defeat it (1 Corinthians 10:13). The second the enemy seems in your life, stand on that promise. Assume the victory which it guarantees.
Third, put on the armor of the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 6 exhorts us: “Be robust within the Lord and in his mighty energy. Placed on the total armor of God so as to take your stand in opposition to the satan’s schemes. For our wrestle is just not in opposition to flesh and blood, however in opposition to the rulers, in opposition to the authorities, in opposition to the powers of this darkish world and in opposition to the non secular forces of evil within the heavenly realms” (vv. 10-12).
This non secular “armor” contains God’s fact, righteousness, gospel, religion, salvation, Scripture, and prayer (vv. 14-18). Stand in these. Observe them. Belief them as God’s energy in your life. And they are going to be your victory.
So, anticipate to be tempted by your mortal enemy.
Lions solely roar once they assault. Stand in God’s power at the moment. Once you fail, go to God for forgiveness, grace, and victory.
And the following time the satan reminds you of your previous, remind him of his future.
Initially posted at Denison Discussion board.