“For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” – John 8:44.
We have a supernatural enemy, and we will encounter him regularly. One of the devil’s greatest tricks is convincing the world that he doesn’t exist. Satan is the supreme deceiver, striving to rid our minds of his existence and to make us believe that all the Bible’s teaching about him is the stuff of myth, legend, and ancient folklore — antiquated stories that have no place in our enlightened and comfortably brave new world.
If it takes tempting you to secretly cut a few corners in your business, which you would not have done in earlier days, he’ll go there. Whatever it takes to bring you down, he will try. Because we have an enemy we cannot see does not mean he is not real.
Satan knows he won’t be able to attack us forever, so he’s making the most of the time he’s got. Revelation 12:12 says “Therefore, rejoice, O heavens! And you who live in the heavens, rejoice! But terror will come on the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time.” The goal is to be prepared. We must acknowledge the war is real and raging all around us, and we must be ready to fight: we are in a battle for our hearts, our churches, our children, our time, our talents, and our wallets, our joy and our hope. We cannot pretend these things are off-limits to our enemy.
We cannot coast through the Christian life. We cannot live as if we are defenseless. We cannot allow ourselves to be unaware of Satan’s schemes. We cannot allow fear and anxiety to get the best of us. Rather we must be strong and courageous, because the Lord is with us, for us, and in us. We cannot allow ourselves to be caught off our guard, or lose sight that we are facing the harsh reality of spiritual warfare.
Fortunately, God is sovereign. We know that Satan is at work, and we know that for those who love God and who are called according to his purpose, all things work together for our good. (Romans 8:28).
Romans 8:38-39 reminds us that “Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- What and how does the devil steal, kill, and destroy in your life?
- How can we accurately identify the common lies of the devil in our lives?