God's adversary is Satan. He is very real and
has a truly destructive agenda. He is a
cruel and deceitful adversary who is destructive,
malicious, evil, and haughty. He knows how to
sow discord and strife! He possesses a
one-of-a-kind ability to sow confusion, chaos,
and conflict, to name a few.
Satan is not self-existent, sovereign, omnipotent,
omniscient, or omnipresent. He does, however,
control the evil world systems.
Satan was once an angel named Lucifer, but he
rebelled against God and was expelled from heaven,
along with other angels who followed him. "I saw
Satan fall like lightning from heaven," Jesus said
in Luke 10:18.
With his false and defamatory allegations against
God, the devil was able to sway one-third of the
angels. Angels who had worshiped together were
now at odds over issues the devil was able to
drum up in their minds.
Satan and his minions have been on a mission
to destroy God's greatest creation—humanity—
ever since they were expelled from heaven.
If the devil can persuade angels, imagine how
much easier it is for him to deceive people
who live in a less-than-perfect environment and
struggle daily with their own flaws and identity!
According to Jesus, Satan comes only to "steal,
kill, and destroy." He's even dubbed "the accuser."
Satan is anything but awesome or delightful. He
causes serious damage to the world.
The enemy (Satan) will craft
weapons against us, including...
our own family and friends.
He uses them as ammunition
in his arsenal.
Satan waits until a person is in pain, distraught,
unsuspecting, or flustered, and then arranges for
someone to do something that the other person
does not like or wish to be associated with.
The devil is notorious for sowing seeds of discord
into the hearts against people we care about. He
stirs the pot, blows issues out of proportion, taints
people's view of the other, then fires his fiery
darts of rage and frustration straight into the
emotional state of both!
Infighting, spitefulness, hatred, and division
quickly follows. Family and/or friends who once
stood side by side and blessed each other are
now hostile rivals.
The devil is an authority at dividing, destroying,
and distorting relationships. He knows how to
manipulate people into situations where they feel
wronged, outraged, slighted or hurt, and then he
coerces them to develop their offense until it
morphs into strife that divides even the closest
of family and friends.
Be encouraged if this sounds familiar! The same
thing happened to Jesus! After three years of
working with Judas Iscariot, the devil gained
access to Judas' soul, turning him so bitterly
against Jesus that he became His betrayer. But
we must ask, what allowed this duplicity to
take place within Judas?
The Bible gives us profound insight into how
the devil gets a foothold in people's minds, in
John 13:2. Mary brought anointing oil and
poured it on Jesus' feet in John 12:3-7. Judas
saw her act of love as a waste of money and
complained to Jesus about it. But Jesus told Judas
to leave Mary alone and allow her to carry on.
After supper ended, the devil quickly seized
the opportunity to sow a seed of betrayal into
Judas was, supposedly, so offended by Jesus.
Remember, all the devil needs is a well-timed
opportunity and a pinhole to slither into hearts
and emotions, even if only for a brief moment.
When the devil saw that opportunity, he pounced
in at lightning speed and penetrated Judas' mind
and emotions, severing a long-term relationship
and turning a trusted friend into a betrayer.
Our major battles are spiritual
in nature, and we need
to stay strong in the midst
of these continual battles.
The reality of spiritual warfare
is clearly stated in the Scriptures.
In times of trouble, the enemy tries to get into our
ears and send us disturbing messages.
He enjoys agitating us, but God says that nothing
in Satan's arsenal can stand up to us.
There is no hope for Satan, no matter how much
evil and chaos he creates. We already know the
outcome of this spiritual war. According to the Bible,
Satan is destined for hell and wishes to draw people
as far away from God as possible and have them
to follow him to hell.
No weapon devised against us
will be effective.
Put on all of God's protection to withstand
the terrible day, and then stand your ground
after you've done everything you can.
We put on God's complete Armor to fight
Satan's schemes and fight for God's truth.
2 Corinthians 6:10-2
God's kindness will continue even if the
entire world changes around us. Even if
everything around us falls apart, God will
remain. Nothing the adversary can trump up
will work against us.Whatever the enemy
tries to throw at us will fail.
Jesus doesn't want anyone to end up
in hell with Satan. Hell is a real place.
God wants us to experience
peace and eternal life.
May we continue to...
cling to the promises of