Neglected Biblical Truths
Satan is Real – Part II
Scripture Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-20
Key Verse: 2 Thessalonians 2:18
We wanted very much to come to you, and I, Paul, tried again and again, but Satan prevented us.
The more we understand about Satan, the more we realize we are at war with him. As any expert of war would tell us, the more we know about our enemy the better our chances of defeating them.
God has made provisions for those who call on Him, through faith in Jesus, to win the battle with Satan. Remember 1 John 4:4:
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Most of our spiritual defeats are not because of the power of the evil one but rather because we did not use the power that God has given us.
God has allowed Satan some power in this world to disrupt and even prevent some things from happening. Today’s Key Verse is one example of Satan’s ability to prevent some things from happening, even with Paul one of God’s main men.
The good news is, though Satan can bring difficulties on us, we know that God has promised that God works all things out for our good (Romans 8:28). The phrase, “all things” includes the activities of the evil one in and around us.
Let’s look at the titles and descriptions the Bible gives Satan.
As long as we live in this world, Satan has the power to fight us. We are in his territory as we live in this wicked world.
The Bible also calls Satan the “accuser” because he constantly accuses God’s people and condemns them for no reason. Revelation 12:10 NLT shows the fate of the evil one:
“… For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
has been thrown down to earth—
the one who accuses them
before our God day and night.”
When you feel condemned, recognize that this feeling comes from the evil one. There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Quote that verse when the evil one tries to take your joy and condemn you!
Satan never stops accusing us and trying to destroy our hope in Christ.
Father, thank You for your forgiveness and love. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.