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Your Greatest Enemy is Satan

As I read blogs ranging from debates over Arminianism vs. Calvinism to debates over the issue of speaking in tongues vs. the end of sign gifts, I am struck at times by the amount of hatred there can be toward one another.  Over the past few weeks I have been made aware more than ever of the presence of Satan as he seeks to destroy homes, destroy people, get people to ignore God and His commands, to follow our own sinful desires.  Satan loves that the secular world largely rejects him today but for the child of God, we should be aware that Satan is our real enemy and not our fellow laborers in the kingdom.

I do think that truth is worth defending.  I am not asking for us to back down from our biblical convictions but to recognize that Satan is our real enemy.  I do believe some teachings can be from Satan himself (1 Timothy 4:1) and I believe that some teachings need to be corrected and rebuked (2 Timothy 2:24-26).  I fear that one of the chief dangers is teachings that ignore the holiness of God and His just wrath against sin that often produces cheap grace and antinomianism to the false views of God from the hyper-prosperity camp that makes God bow down to our every wish.  Both views view God wrongly and ignore much of Scripture.

Yet even still, our battle is not with flesh and blood.  Our battle is with the enemy of our souls: Satan (Ephesians 6:12).  Peter the Apostle stated that Satan prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).  Satan often will not come to us directly but he will use a person to try to get to us.  Satan, as he did to Eve (1 Timothy 2:14), will often tempt someone near us to try to betray us, attack us, or even destroy us.  Satan even tempted Judas to betray Jesus (Luke 22:3-6).  Satan will attack a godly man’s wife or a godly woman’s husband.  Satan will attack children.  Satan will tempt old people and young people alike.  Satan will tempt Bible teachers (see King David or even Judas Iscariot).  Satan will tempt the flesh through whatever tools he has.  Satan’s main goal: to thwart the plans and worship of Yahweh.  Satan is not necessarily interested in your worship of him so long as you are not worshiping the one true God.  Satan will try to sidetrack you from seeking God through your own pleasures.  Satan will use people around you to discourage you from seeking God.  Satan will bring an ungodly person into your life to get you off focus from Jesus.  How many of my friends have turned away from Jesus because of a girl or guy?  How many of my friends have fallen into sexual sins because of the work of Satan to tempt them?

We have the assurance that Satan will be destroyed (Revelation 20:7-10) but until that day, let us remember that our battle is not with people but with Satan who often uses people.  Never grow comfortable in your thinking that tells you that Satan is not real.  He is real.  He is present.  He is working.  He will not stop until people cease seeking Jesus.  His aim is your destruction.  He wants to destroy you and your house.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

07/23/2013 at 1:51 PM

Posted in Satan

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