I’m concerned that the community of faith has given Satan far too much credit for what he accomplishes. There are seminars, books and conferences that try to teach you how to deal with Satan.
Let’s look together at two verses of Scripture to see what God wants us to know about our enemy.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
I want you to note that the key word in this verse from Ephesians, is “wrestle.”
“Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.”
1 Peter 2:11 (ESV)
I want you to note that the key word in this verse from 1 Peter, is “war.”
Now tell me friend, which is the bigger issue, to “wrestle” or to go to “war”? You see, there are a limited amount of demons, and not only that, they are defeated enemies. They have been defanged, just as Satan who goes around roaring like a lion, has no teeth!
The only real weapons Satan has are lies and deception.
The flesh, however, goes with us twenty-four hours a day. Everywhere we go it wars against the Spirit and it constantly beckons us to choose the flesh instead of the Holy Spirit to meet our needs.
So let's define the flesh. Flesh is seeking to meet legitimate needs in an illegitimate way, using our own resources to manipulate and control our environment to get our needs met, independent of God. And we all have graduate degrees in the flesh, don’t we?
Beloved, let's stop giving credit to Satan. I think he's getting a lot of credit for what we do in the flesh. Let's not deify him.
Satan is not the opposite of God,
God has no opposite!
Trust the Holy Spirit, my friend, and walk in the power of the Spirit and you will accomplish the fruit of the Spirit instead of the lust of the flesh.
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