Yesterday, I wrote about the reality of this
person fallen angel, spirit entity, Satan, whatever you wish to title him, enemy of every living soul. If you missed it, you can read about it here.
We were hiking through quagmire and muck, braving dangerous territory to educate ourselves to what we’re all up against. After rereading my last two posts, not only did I find more than a few grammatical errors, but I also found that I did not leave any reader with any real amount of hope! There is so much hope! Jesus himself is on a throne, higher than any other. He is the King of Kings, and there is nothing that happens that Jesus doesn’t already know about. Don’t make any mistake about it. Satan is on a leash. It’s a long one, I’ll give you that, but a leash, nonetheless. Those who are undecided about the legitimacy of Jesus as savior are in great danger from Satan and his demons. Even Satanists, who have sworn allegiance to his name are in grave danger. There’s no favoritism from him, no matter what it’s cost them, but we’ll talk about that later. We are going to hike through, and stick to what the Bible says, with only a few paths of overgrowth, and barely seen paths of life experience.
Ok, you say, I get that the Bible is undeniable about the presence of Satan, his fall from grace, his eviction, his throw-down to Earth. What has he been doing ever since, and why is he dangerous? What could he possibly do to us?
First off, he’s mad. Ever seen a grown man lose a bet? Or a team lose a football game? Ever seen a group of soldiers return from battle defeated? Neither have I. I’m the queen of bad analogies. But, I imagine the man mad enough to place another even larger bet, the team demand a rematch, or the group of soldiers swear that the day is coming when revenge will come upon the enemy. Now times that by a billion. Maybe we come close to how angry Satan is at God, for not giving up his throne, for letting him lose the battle, and for his subsequent public humiliation.
The Bible says in Genesis 1 verse 26, inferred that God is speaking to Jesus and the Spirit, and saying, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them…”
We were made in the image and likeness of God. Up until then, God had been making insects, birds, plants, and animals. Now God makes man, and woman, somehow a mysterious reflection of the magnificent Creator God. We became the apple of God’s eye. We were fearfully, and wonderfully made. Satan saw that likeness, and saw that we as people were blessed. And like the age-old story of payback and revenge, Satan was going to sabotage God’s plan as hard as he could.
Fortunately, the leash only extends so far.
Unfortunately, Adam and Eve allowed his deception, and paired with their own desire, sabotaged themselves.
Now, knowing what works, Satan goes around “as a roaring lion,” the Scripture says. “Seeking whom he may destroy.”
Satan destroys by appealing to your flesh, tempting you to succumb to the ever ready sin. He will point you in any direction other than the one that steers you to Jesus. There are some tactics that continue to work over the ages; questioning the validity of scripture, urging a person to pick a man-made religion, and darkly highlighting a person’s sin, so that they have too much shame, and feel unworthy to come to repentance. He steals your time with unimportant focus, kills dreams and relationships. He destroys any and all hope, by convincing you that Hell, and an inevitable judgement is unreal, church is too confining, and by camouflaging real Bible believing Christianity as stifling religion. He’ll do anything he can to keep you from seeing God’s face.
There have been a few people I’ve spoken with that say, “If God is so good, and loving like you say he is…why do so many bad things happen in the world?” This post will be too long if I cover this question here and now, but for those of you who don’t already know, I’ve given you a gigantic hint. The world is fallen. Satan pulls at the leash.
Points to remember:
Satan is real
You were made in the image of God Himself, and He loves you fervently
Satan knows this, and will try everything he can to destroy that relationship
Jesus is bigger, stronger, and victorious over the enemy. Put your trust in Jesus.
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