Resist him, but don’t fear him

The devil.

Last week I read an article about atrocities committed in abortion facilities, and I hated him again for what he’s doing to the way we value life.

I see people redefining marriage and forgetting the God who created it, and I hate Satan for what he’s doing to our homes.

I see a headline about rape, child abuse, or murder, and I hate him for getting into our hearts.

I visit a cancer patient in the hospital, or comfort a grieving family at a graveside, and I hate him all the more for the tears he causes.

And, of course, I hate him for what he’s doing to you and me . . . for our constant struggles, for all the times he wins when he shouldn’t, for all the lies he convinces me to accept (even when I know better).

Please keep reading, because this story has a happy ending—all stories involving God do. But we tend to forget what Satan’s doing, and that’s exactly what he wants.

He’s working in you, especially if you’re trying hard to follow Christ.

He craves your kids, and he’d do anything to steal their hearts while they’re young.

He’s trying to drive a wedge between you and your spouse, because happy marriages kill his work.

He’s slithering between the pews at your church, hoping he can persuade everyone not to take this Jesus thing too seriously. He doesn’t mind church attendance, and singing and praying don’t really bother him either. Just don’t get on fire for the Lord—he hates that.

Oh yes, he’s working every day, so we’d better acknowledge it, but I love James’ simple answer:

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).

We’ve got to remember that we don’t fight alone. He’s tough, but he’s nothing compare to who’s fighting for us.

John puts it like this: “he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

My encouragement for you today?

Resist him via the Spirit who lives within you. Satan’s a coward when he sees God, and he’ll run when he sees what the Spirit is doing within you.

Respect the devil because he’s tough. Hate him because he’s evil.

But don’t fear him, because he’s nothing compared to the One who was raised to destroy him.

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