Do You Give the Devil Too Much Attention?

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One of the many blessings of being able to study God’s Word all day and every day, is that I am often in a state of discovery – joyful discovery! When such discoveries are made, they usually emerge somewhere in my sermon or conversation during the week. Therefore, it seems that timing would have me share with you one of my latest discoveries – which is really a re-discovery.

Recently, while reading devotionally through the book of Hebrews, I re-discovered afresh a Biblically optimistic outlook on the Christian life that is altogether forgotten in our day. I am referring to Hebrews 2:14 which says, “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil....” What? That’s right, Christ rendered the devil powerless at the cross 2,000 years ago! Christ’s death, says John, “destroyed the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). Our Lord Himself proclaimed that He had entered the devil’s house – this world – and plundered His goods (Matthew 12:28-29).  The blessed blood-stained cross of our Lord not only accomplished redemption for us, but also destruction for the demonic kingdom: “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Him” (Colossians 2:13-15). Therefore, is Satan really alive and well on planet earth? Alive? Yes. Well? No. The Bible tells us that he has a bruised head (Genesis 3:15), and it’s about to be crushed (Rom 16:20)! Further, we learn that every time the gospel is preached Satan falls like lightning (Luke 10:18), and if we would only resist him, he would flee from us (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:9)! Dear friend, the devil receives too much attention and receives too much credit from Christians today. Believers talk too much about him and blame him too much – instead of owning their own sin, believing God’s promises, meditating upon the Living Word, preaching Christ’s gospel, and lastly, standing and praying against the evil one (Matthew 6:13; 6:12, 18)? Christian, will you finally realize that Satan is a defeated foe with a small bite; a dragon who is bound on a long chain (Revelation 20:1-3)? We must go on, people of God, and serve the King of Glory (Psalm 24) – For He has delivered us from the Kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His beloved Son (Colossians 1:13). He has called us to extend His Kingdom against the Kingdom of darkness (Matthew 28:19-20), because He has assured us of victory over this world, which is Satan’s realm (1 John 5:19; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2). The devil is no match for Christ and His subjects (Job 1:6-12; Luke 22:31-32)! Our King’s great Kingdom (The Church) will never be defeated (Matt 16:18)! So then, let us believe that “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4b)! O Worship the King!!

 

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