I think as Christians, we don’t give satan enough credit sometimes. His agenda is to:
1. hide the gospel message
2. hinder the gospel messenger
3. halt the gospel movement.
Sad thing is, that we just sit back and let this happen. We have to understand that satan’s desire is to keep us in the dark. To keep us lost. To keep us blinded to the Truth.
Unfortunately he doesn’t have to scour too much for the things he has collected in his arsenal. We pretty much give him plenty of ammunition to fight with and use against us.
The devil is very clever and has plenty of helpers in the world willing to join forces with him. He can wiggle his slimy little self into our lives so quickly and so effortlessly. We have to be in constant awareness of him and we have to remain on high alert at all times.
I think we have to be careful not to dismiss him too fast. A lot of Christians think that satan can’t touch them because they are children of God. This just isn’t the case. We have to remember that there are many ways the devil can cause harm to us without ever laying a hand physically on us.
His name literally means, “slanderer” or “false accuser”. He indeed has great power. He has so much strength that even Michael the archangel viewed him as too powerful to oppose in Jude 9.
The devil has worldly influence, uses his evil powers constantly, has many demonic helpers in the world and is highly intelligent. He is clever and about as deceptive as they come.
But… Praise God, even with all those attributes, he has limits! The devils power is restricted by Almighty God. Only God has the power to give life and the power to take it away. God is the one who has provided us Victory over sin. God is the one who gives us the strength to overcome temptation. God is the one who provided a way when there was no other way. God is the one who sits on the Throne.
That doesn’t mean we can let our guard down. We have to be ever watchful for the devils schemes. We have to arm ourselves with the weapons that God has provided for us.
God’s Word is our sword and we have to hold it tight. We have to hide its words in our heart. We have to cherish it. We have to memorize the scripture in it. We need to protect it. We need to be spreading the gospel message of it. We need to emerge from the state we have been lulled into and we need to wake up!
Don’t let the devil rock our cradle and keep us asleep.
Father God, thank you for who you are and thank you for your majesty, power and love. Help us daily to arm ourselves with the Truth of your Word and to stand ready to fight those who oppose us. Help us to keep you first in our lives. Help us to give you praise and honor and to glorify you in all we do and say. Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, so that we could experience forgiveness of sins, accept your free gift of salvation and receive the gift of eternal life.