Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you...
The subject of the devil, is one I don't really like to dwell on much...But I do think it is important for us all to know the truth about this mysterious creature sometimes known as Satan or Lucifer. I think sometimes we all may give him far more power than he really has. That is a mistake. On the other hand, I know there are some who discount him altogether, even laughing at the idea of a real devil. They imagine some character with horns that runs around in a red suit with a pitchfork in hand. That of course is not what the Bible teaches. The devil is a magnificently beautiful fallen spirit being, with a well-organized network of demon forces. When we become Christians, we recognize that there is right and wrong, good and evil. There are standards to live by. So the devil begins to tempt us and tries to bring us down. There is a VERY real spiritual battle going on every day rather we are aware of it or not. However, our focus should NEVER be on Satan. We should always be looking to God instead. If we are in a state of humble obedience to God, submitted to Him, we CAN resist the devils temptations. God has put a protective hedge around every Christian and He will not let us be tempted beyond our ability to resist...1 Corinthians 10:13. We should never underestimate our adversary. He is real, and he is dangerous. We would all be wise to flee temptation, and not leave a forwarding address...I personally love the part of the verse where it says, when we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. Can't get much easier or better than this.
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