EXPOSING SATAN'S DEVICES
SHOULD WE IGNORE SATAN?
Many people say they don't want to talk about the devil so as not
to bring any glory to him. However, the Bible does not teach that we
are to ignore the devil so he will flee, but rather we are to resist
the devil so he will flee (James 4:7).
How are we to resist the devil? We resist him by using the Word
of God against him. We must talk about the devil if we are to
understand how to overcome him and expose his evil ways. We cannot
defeat an enemy we ignore. The way in which people talk about the
devil is what causes an imbalance. If it produces fear, it is not
Being overly demon-conscious can cause fear. Some people get so
devil-conscious, they begin seeing demons in everyone and
everything. This is an extreme which should be avoided. Yet we
should not go to the other extreme which totally denies the
existence of the devil, demons and eternal hell.
In fact, this extreme is one of Satan's favorite devices: the
belief that he and his horde of demons do not exist. He would like
for us to believe that he is just a myth (a silly-looking man in a
red costume with a long tail). However, he is very real, and one
look around will show us the works he is responsible for: the drug
scene, violence, sickness, sexual perversion, broken homes, hatred
among races, witchcraft, sin and division within the body of Christ.
Satan tries to escape the blame for his evil deeds by whispering
lies to people, such as, "This problem only happened because you
live in the world and these things are just part of this world so
you might as well accept them. As long as you are here you are going
to have to put up with sickness, turmoil etc." However, God says: "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have
peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). We do not have to put up
with Satan's evil attacks against us and our loved ones; through
prayer we can overcome him just as Jesus overcame.
(Excerpt from the book entitled Exposing Satan's Devices)
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