THE DEVIL IS ALIVE AND WELL!

“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21

There are two mistakes people make about the devil. One, they get into demonology — always studying, wondering, and talking about demons. Their focus gets on Satan rather than on the Lord Jesus. The Bible says we’re to resist the devil; it doesn’t say we’re to chase him.

     On the other hand, there are those who are flippant about the devil. They have nicknames for him and think he’s unrealistic. The truth is that we have a powerful adversary who is the devil. Peter compares him to a roaring lion! A mature Christian recognizes that he has an enemy. He respects the power of the enemy. Then he clings to the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to overcome this great adversary.

     Is the lion prowling around your life? Take up the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, and break free from his jaws of destruction.

 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints (Ephesians 6:10-18).