KNOWING ABOUT OUR ENEMY GIVES US POWER OVER OUR ENEMY !!!
Unfortunately, most people have very little understanding of just how powerful Satan is and how much he interferes with our lives. Although we have examined satanic activities before, this subject is of such importance that we must constantly remind ourselves of his pursuit to influence our lives.God was aware of how humans were going to be attacked by Satan and the fact that it is the very first story in the Bible of human behavior and how Satan influenced man to be disobedient should give us an indication of the intensity of satanic activities in the lives of us all. Making the event of Satan persuading man to be disobedient as being the very first story that we are given in the Bible was no random act, but was put there to indicate from that moment on, Satan was going to be the most negative influential character that ever existed. If we consider that he was able, with very little difficulty, to cause the original sin, we can begin to grasp the magnitude of his power.
Some will say that was then, but now we have Jesus, but consider that Satan influenced Peter while Peter was standing next to Jesus on the water and we can understand that Satan can influence anyone at any time. In fact, Satan attempted to influence Jesus and that should verify his arrogance and lack of fear of retribution.
Many people cannot grasp the fact that all events that cause pain and suffering in this world are directly related to satanic activities. We know this is true because the Bible tells us of this fact. Man was created in paradise and had everything that man needed without illness or unfortunate accidents; that is until Satan arrives and destroys paradise for man. We then lived in a world filled with all sorts of sicknesses, pain and suffering, wars and lack of contentment, and this is still the way it is today. But, at the end, when Satan is removed from the world, all of these aspects of our lives leave with him and we are back in paradise again. The only common denominator is Satan and his power to influence people and cause events that create suffering.
Our enemy is not our next door neighbor that does things that irate us, or the unpleasant clerk at the store, these people have problems of their own and do not know how to control their emotions and so others are the recipients of their unhappiness. And Satan is there telling us that we are entitled to be upset by the unpleasant actions of others. A kind word may very well be all that these people need and their whole attitude could change… Once we recognize the real enemy, we will find that our own attitude will change and we will become better people as a result.
We have seen satanic influences on this site many times and once we recognized it, we resisted and he left the site alone. But he has not left the site, he is still here just waiting for another opportunity to corrupt it because it is where people try to help others in their walk towards God, and Satan hates God and everyone that has placed their trust in Him. We are told to be constantly vigilant and that is because it is necessary and important so that we do not miss the chance to react immediately to a satanic attack and stop it. But, we must believe that we are being attacked and not just think of it as just an irritating event…
Many people have great difficulty trying to understand why God allows Satan to do what he does, but we are not entitled to know that answer. We are entitled though to trust that what God decides for each of us is in our best interest. God may allow Satan to interfere with our lives for any number of reasons. Perhaps we need to be chastised as a result of a recurring sin, or we may need to be taught a particular lesson, but we do not know… We must trust in God that it is necessary and He is never wrong. However, we must always be aware of the existence of Satan and his workers and never underestimate the immense powers that he processes. If you think that Satan has little power over you, then you have just experienced Satan influencing your thinking !!!
I quote you directly: "Unfortunately, most people have very little understanding of just how powerful Satan is and how much he interferes with our lives."
James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." That is power? Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 2 Samuel 22:31 "As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; he is a shield to all who trust in Him." Hebrews 2:14 "Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil." Fear of Satan has no place in believers that Christ is in and that is in Christ.
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Some will say that was then, but now we have Jesus, but consider that Satan influenced Peter while Peter was standing next to Jesus on the water and we can understand that Satan can influence anyone at any time." My Bible does not state that Satan influenced Peter. Mathew 14:29 so He said "Come." And when Peter had come out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind wasboisterous,[b] he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you
doubt?”32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased
." It wasn't Satan it was Peter's fear that caused doubt. He took his eyes off of Jesus.
Mathew 4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil." All Jesus had to do was to order the devil away. If Satan is so powerful, then why would the Spirit lead Jesus to be tempted, during his weakest moment (a 40 day fast). Satan is only a threat to us when we take our focus off of God and Jesus' FINISHED
Work. 1 Corinthians 2:5 "that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God."
Trying to take the focus off of God and put "immense powers" into Satan's hands is the influence of the accuser. One last time James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."
One last comment: our advesary is mentioned in the Bible a mere 34 times as the Devil, as Satan 53 times and Beelzedbub 7 times. That is a grand total of 94 times, for one who is so powerful,why is he mentioned so sparsly?perhaps I would fear him if I had to fight him.........I don't. I am in Christ, the one who conquered death and sin. I serve God and as long as my focus is the Finished Work of Jesus, then why should I fear Satan? In Christ we are more than conquerors.