We as Christians don’t need to fear the devil but we certainly need to understand him. Every name and title that the devil has is meaningful. The title of Satan means adversary. It’s amazing how many people don’t believe in the devil and an enemy you don’t believe in can easily destroy a person. If there is no devil then why does the Bible have so much to say about him? So that we can overcome him!
1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (The devil is looking for someone to give him permission.) (Verse 9) Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
Ephesians 6:10 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (Verse 11) Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Verse 12) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Verse 13) Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Paul uses the symbolism of a Roman soldier against the enemy. So we put on all the armor because we are wrestling with demonic spirits in the heavenly places. If we use the authority that God gave us, nothing can hurt us.
Luke 10:19 – “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” If we don’t use the authority that is given, we will get hurt. We all have an enemy in the devil and we all have authority over him if we simply learn how to do what the Bible says.
Why is the devil our enemy?
First of all, because he is God’s enemy! But why would the devil always be trying to destroy God’s children? Why can the devil defeat some Christians and others not? How do we protect ourselves against Satan?
Satan is the enemy of truth, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life and the Eternal Word of God. If a person walks in lies and deception, then the devil is not their adversary, he is their master. When they walk in lies, they are under Satan’s dominion.
Too many Christians don’t believe they can be in bondage over anything because they’re saved. Oh, yes they can! When we get saved we are cleansed in the blood of Jesus and nothing can change that. However, now is when the adversary, the devil comes after you. Too many are nieve into thinking that Satan can’t get you any longer, but he has cunning ways of deceiving.
The Pharisees also thought they couldn’t be in bondage because Abraham was their father, but look at what Jesus tells them: John 8:41 – “You do the deeds of your father.” Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father – God.” (Verse 42) Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.
(Verse 43) “Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. (Verse 44) “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him, When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
(Verse 45) “But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. (Verse 46) “Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? (Verse 47) “He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”
The Pharisees didn’t want to hear the truth. Satan opposes the believer because we believe in the word of God. Jesus very plainly says that Satan is a liar but somehow he still gets Christians to believe him. You want to know why? Because they won’t take the time to read the truth on their own!
There is protectin from the devil through knowing God’s word. But there is a difference in hearing God’s word and doing God’s word. Jesus says in Matthew 7:24, that whoever hears His sayings and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
We all build our lives on some kind of foundation. Is it sand or is it the rock? However, none of us have a guarantee of success apart from the word of God. But why would people build anything on sand? Maybe it’s popular; maybe it’s comfortable, and it’s comfortable for you. They want to choose what they are going to believe.
This is exactly why some Christians will argue with other Christians about homosexuality and abortion. They don’t know enough of God’s word to know that He never changes. They think God evolves with culture and society! they don’t know his word and they don’t know hIm. If we let the evil in one part of our lives, how then are we going to fight him off in another area?
The eternal word of God is the only foundation we can live our lives by. There is a real devil and he hates God’s children! Why in the world would anyone listen to someone who hates them? Why would anyone listen to anyone who lies, all the time?
God’s word is true, all of it! We don’t pick and choose what to believe. God never changes. What was true in the beginning is true now! The sword of the Spirit will guide us, and protect us against the wiles of Satan!