May 12 – What Does the Bible Say About Satan/Demons?

Read Revelation 20:7-10

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

Matthew 6:13

Satan is “the evil one”.

Known as the devil, Satan is the main adversary of God and man. In Matthew 4, Satan tempted Jesus with an opportunity to sin. Jesus defeated Satan with a weapon we all can use: the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Hit Satan with a Bible verse. Hit him!

Satan has many names including enemy (1Peter 5:8), the one who leads the whole world astray (Rev 12:9), the evil one (Matt 13:19, 38), the father of lies and a murderer (John 8:44), the prince of the world (John 12:31) and the tempter (Matthew 4:5).

There is a great deal of misinformation about Satan. A lot of it may come from fiction movies and books which are flawed. It’s important that we go to the Bible for the truth and the Bible plainly tells us that Satan does exist, and the Bible explains how he operates. We have no reason to be intimidated by Satan as his power is inferior to God’s. The key is to submit to God and resist the devil (James 4:7), knowing that Christ has defeated him for good at the cross and through the resurrection.

Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Christians must stand fast against sin and be aware of the schemes of Satan.

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”

1 Peter 5:8

When tempted by Satan, the Christian believer should submit himself to God’s only Son and resist the devil, and then Satan will flee (see James 4:7).

The future and the doom of Satan is described in Revelation 20:7-10. His big attempt to conquer God’s people is followed by his death and extinction.

Demons are evil spirits. (Matthew 8:16). Christians are fighting against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12). Demons are under the leadership of Satan, who opposes God’s purposes and wants to hinder man’s welfare.

You take what the enemy meant for evil

And you turn it for good,

You turn it for good.

(SEE A VICTORY, sung by Elevation Worship)

Do you recognize the evil of Satan and demons? The more we read, pray and understand the Bible, the more we can recognize what evil really is. Have a loving attitude toward others, be a Christian role-model and fight evil at every opportunity. Becoming a member of a Christian church is a step toward fighting evil.

Are you “all in”?

How can you overcome evil with good? Pray for opportunities to participate in Christian ministry! By doing good, we are fighting evil. It could be a great way to love others while serving God. And hit Satan with a Bible verse. Hit him!

Tom Weckesser

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