Thursday, July 29, 1999

Satan: A Powerful Adversary

"Does Job fear God for nothing?" Satan replied. "Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face." (Job 1:9-11)

Many people envision Satan as a man with a red tail and a pitchfork. But the bible presents him differently. Satan was at one time the most beautiful angel in all of heaven, but his pride led to his demise. He is an evil, cunning, and powerful adversary. In Ephesians 6:12, the apostle Paul states: "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

The chief enemy Paul was referring to was of course Satan. On our own, we are powerless against him. But if we "put on the full armor of God", as Paul writes, Satan is powerless against us. Although Satan was already defeated, he still lives to war against us. Paul's advice? "Be alert and always keep on praying." I couldn't agree more.