The Reality of Satan

Late one night in 1521 in a massive stone room of Wartburg Castle, Martin Luther sat in the luminous ring of a flickering candle. Suddenly, Luther scooped up his inkwell and violently flung it at the wall. Satan was an adversary so present he disrupted the translation of the Word. From that turning point in his ministry flowed the words of the greatest song of he reformation.

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing;
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and pow'r are great,
And armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not His equal

Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God"s own choosing;
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabboth, His name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And tho' this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph thro" us;
The prince of Darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly pow’rs,
No thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours Thro’
Him who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

Satan is alive and well on planet earth this morning. This morning his silent invaders swirl through the air. Around us lurk infernal warriors of the Kingdom of Darkness. These are not science fiction aliens. Rather as super strong extra-terrestrial intelligent beings and their aim is clear. Their shocking strategy is so powerful, normal humans would pale if aware of it. These twisted demon hordes as deadly as a terrorist's bomb, are locked on course. Their target is the human mind, the control center of every human being on the planet.

Like hideous locusts they feed on the filth of spiritual wickedness. They find resistance only from those few and far between warriors of the kingdom of light. That's right, you and me this morning are enemies to Satan and his hosts. To even speak of this dark world of evil invites great and inexplicable difficulties. As this truth from God’s Word is taught you may experience strange and powerful turmoil.

The confidence we have assures us though that we are "more than conquerors through Christ.” As we enter the realm of spiritual warfare, let's pray for peace. As we learn and grow today, we will find Satan is a defeated foe, a weakened adversary, and crushed enemy. We have the victory.

SATAN IS REAL

  • SATAN IS THE AUTHOR OF SIN. He introduced sin into the universe Ezekiel 28:15 “You [were] perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you.” (NKJV)  He incited Adam and Eve to follow his rebellion against God Genesis 3:13 “And the LORD God said to the woman, "What [is] this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." (NKJV) Sin was not a creation but an origination. It came into existence by the aid of that which had prior existence, namely, personality and the power of free choice. God created this being not as the devil, but as a holy angel, who originated sin through disobedience and transformed himself into the wicked Devil which he is today.
  • SATAN IS THE AUTHOR OF SUFFERING and of many cases of sickness and disease in the New Testament. Note Acts 10:38 "how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. (NKJV); Luke 13:16 "So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound -- think of it -- for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?" (NKJV). S.F. Luke 13:16. In the final analysis Satan is the ultimate source of all suffering, because he is the ultimate source of all sin, its primal cause.  He is also immediately responsible for many individual cases of sickness and disease; of which examples are furnished us in the New Testament.
  • SATAN IS THE AUTHOR OF TEMPTATION 1 Thessalonians 3:5 “For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain.” (NKJV); Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (NKJV) S.F. 1 Chron. 21:1  R.V.; Matt. 4:1, 3, 4, 6, 8,9; 1 Cor. 7:5 Satan[3] incites men to sin. He so arranges times and controls events and circumstances as to make the greatest possible appeal to the sinful tendencies of man. He is the tempter.
  • SATAN IS THE AUTHOR OF BONDAGE 2 Timothy 2:26 “and [that] they may come to their senses [and escape] the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to [do] his will.” (NKJV); 1 Timothy 3:7 Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. (NKJV)
  • SATAN IS THE AUTHOR OF DEATH 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,” (NKJV); but at the cross Christ triumphed over death Colossians 2:15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. (NKJV). Satan seems to have the right to use the mighty weapon of death, under special permission. It is true, however, that Jesus Christ at the cross wrested this weapon of death out of Satan’s hands and with it won from him a glorious victory. Col. 2:15 (Weymouth): And the hostile princes and rulers He shook off from Himself, and boldly displayed them as His conquests when by the cross He triumphed over them  (1 Sam 17:51)

 

 

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