by Sandy Kirby Quandt
On October 2, 2017 Max Lucado wrote a compelling blog post titled Evil: Why in the World? after the shootings in Las Vegas. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you do. In light of the shootings last Sunday in Texas, I decided to share some of the points Max made in his post.
Max began his post by stating, “Where the Bible may not tell us the why of the tragedies, it is quick to tell us who.”
Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world. Ephesians 6:12 (NCV)
He goes on to say, “The Bible names a real and present foe of our faith: the devil. He is not just a symbol for evil, he is the source of evil. He doesn’t live in myths and fables, he is an actual being who stalks our planet. He knows his time is short so he seeks to wreak havoc on every occasion.”
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
The are several main take-aways I received from Max’s post that I would like to share with you: “We play into the devil’s hand when we pretend he does not exist. The devil is a real devil … Be alert to the devil, but don’t be intimidated by him. … But, and this is huge, the devil is a defeated devil.”
Near the end of his post Max reminds the reader what we should do when Satan threatens. Turn to God in prayer. Go immediately to Scripture. Stand on the promises of God regarding Satan.
God’s Spirit, who is in you, is greater than the devil, who is in the world (1 John 4:4 NCV)
Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7)
[The devil] is filled with fury because he knows his time is short (Revelation 12:12)
I will close my post with the same words Max closed his. “Satan may be vicious, but he is not victorious.”
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The God who brings peace will soon defeat Satan and give you power over him. Romans 16:20 (NCV)
I wish you well.
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