SATAN IS ALIVE AND WELL TODAY
Several years ago, Hal Lindsay wrote a book called, “Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth.” It’s still true. However, in our culture, he hides himself well. What better way to work unopposed then to convince people you don’t exist? It’s like being invisible.
People today will tell you that believing in Satan is old-fashioned and superstitious. In our scientific age, they say we know better. Why should people be wary of something that is only fiction? These lies come right from the one who deceived Eve in the garden of Eden.
Lying is fundamental to Satan’s plan and purpose (John 8:44). He cannot tolerate truth. When he tried his lies on Jesus in the wilderness temptations, Jesus responded by quoting Scripture. He used God’s truth to expose the lies of His enemy. Paul says that the sword of the Spirit is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17). It is our only offensive weapon.
If someone is invisible and is whispering and spreading lies without people knowing where they come from, much damage can be done to the truth. He tells us lies about himself, lies about God, lies about others and lies about ourselves. How do you know when something is a lie? Anything that does not line up to the truth in the Bible is a lie. The better you know God’s Word, the better you will be discovering and avoiding Satan’s lies.
Satan lies when he puts thoughts into our minds that are sins are forgiven, we are too bad for God, we’ve lost our salvation, God doesn’t love us, He won’t help us, we’re strong enough to take care of ourselves without God, our temptation is too strong to resist, we must take care of ourselves, we’ll never succeed so why try, we’ll never have victory so why try and that nobody cares about us. Which lies does he focus on with you?
How are we to have victory against this unseen enemy? First, we need to recognize he exists and that he hates us and will do anything he can to ruin our lives. We must be on our guard against this roaring lion who seeks to devour us (1 Peter 5:8-9).
We do this by submitting to God and resisting his attempts to deceive us (James 4:7). Satan may have control of the earth, but he does not have control of God’s people. We have a free will to determine who we will listen to and follow.
Isaiah 54:17 reminds us, “No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and this is their vindication from me declares the Lord.”
Or enemy does not fight fair, but he fights. Are you aware of the lies and deceptions he uses against you? Don’t go to one extreme and fear him. But don’t go to the other extreme and forget about him. Remember who your enemy is. Many times we fight battles against people in our lives. We feel a family member or an enemy needs to be defeated. They are not the ones we are to fight. Remember who your enemy is. Others may deny him or ignore him, but God’s people must always be alert against him. (July 11, 2022 Doylestown, PA)
2 Corinthians 2:10-11 Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. … in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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