Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not reach out and put your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the Lord.
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded to sift you men like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith will not fail; and you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
Satan fell from heaven because he, a created being, believed himself equal to the God of the Universe. What a shock to hurtle toward the earth when the LORD cast him out. Evil incarnate, now he’s evil with a purpose. Get God’s people. Frightening. Peter refers to him as our adversary. Think of the worst thing you ever experienced. The devil manufactured that.
But when he wanted to bring Job down, he went among the sons of God into God’s chamber. The LORD pointed to Job as one of His favored children. And the devil convinced the LORD to allow him to destroy Job’s faith. “He will curse you to your face.” The LORD gave him his way for His purposes.
Then he ruined Job’s property and killed his children. But Job stayed faithful to God. So Satan went back to the Father and demanded to infect Job’s body. And Job grew sores. In addition, Job had the “comfort” of the three worst friends in history. Finally, God restored Job.
Later, Jesus warned Simon Peter that Satan demanded to ruin Jesus’ followers, but Jesus prayed for them.
There’s a pattern here. The devil can’t touch God’s followers without first asking the LORD. He can demand, but he can’t act without permission, and the Father limits the extent of the devil’s power.
I’ve seen miracles that began with terrible illness, addictions, and financial ruin. But the Lord used those situations to show His love and mercy through healing. And to bring people to salvation.
Did Satan gloat on the day the Christ died on the cross? He won. He killed the Son of God. Supposedly the devil knows the Bible, but he missed that part, prophesied through the Tanakh (Jewish Bible). I’ve noted in another post that it contained 300 or 400 prophesies of the resurrection of Christ. Satan lost his power for eternity.
So what can we do to stay out of the clutches of the personification of evil, a liar incapable of any good, and malevolence only the creator of hate might muster?
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Immerse ourselves in the word of God and pray. Make no move unless we talk it over with the Lord. When evil happens, and believe me it will, cling to God with every bit of strength we have. When we feel his presence, “resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
But what of our friends and family who haven’t accepted the Lord? What is the answer for them? You can guess my answer. Us. And fervent prayer. Pray for their safety and for their salvation. We are their only protection.
Dear Lord: Everything on earth is in Your hands, including Satan. I trust You to protect me and get me through.