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God and Satan
Today I want to talk about God and Satan. I want to contrast these two supernatural beings and their influence upon our lives. Of course, some people don't believe in God anymore. Actually, this is true of very few people compared to the majority of the world that does believe in God. But when it comes to Satan, I think there are a lot of people that no longer believe that he is real. They look at him as a myth or a creature in a fairy tale. Yet, according to Scripture, Christian tradition, and the reality of evil in the world, I think that there is a devil, and he is malevolent, cunning, and wicked. He is also powerful, but thankfully he is no match for Almighty God. Let's contrast the two.
First, God is for you while Satan is against you. God loves you and his plans for your life are good and wholesome. Jeremiah 29.11 says, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" Romans 8.31 assures us that God is for us. Yet, Satan is unalterably against us. He hates us because we bear God's image and are loved by God. He cannot hurt God, but he can hurt us and that grieves the heart of God. As long as you live, Satan will be against you and will try to destroy your life (see 1 Pet 5.8).
Second, God wants us to do right, but Satan tempts us to do wrong. God is righteous, holy, and perfect. There is no sin or darkness in God. He wants us to be holy as well. He cannot be tempted by evil nor does he tempt anyone himself (see James 1.13). God may test us, but he will never tempt us or entice us to do evil. But Satan will. He is the tempter. He paints a beautiful, seductive picture of what is wrong and makes us think that we cannot be happy without indulging ourselves. His temptations at times are incredibly powerful, but we can resist them with God's help (see 1 Cor 10.13).
Third, God is a God of truth, yet Satan is nothing but a liar. God only speaks the truth. He has never lied nor has he ever failed to keep a promise. His faithfulness is unassailable. Numbers 23.19 states, "God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?" God always fulfills his promises. Satan, though, is a liar. John 8.44 makes this clear: "There is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies." Satan tells us that God doesn't really care about us, that there are no consequences to sin, and that there is no joy in following Jesus. All of these are lies.
Last, God gives life; following Satan leads to death. God is the God of life. He gives physical life, spiritual life, and eternal life. Romans 6.23 says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." If you want to live forever, believe in Jesus Christ, God's Son, and death will neither terrify you nor defeat you. Yet, if you go the way of Satan, like him you will die eternally. Proverbs 14.12 says, "There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death." Don't be a fool. Don't let Satan trick you and lead you to death. Choose life. Choose the way of the Lord, and you will enjoy life both now and forevermore.
For more devotions by Pastor Mark, visit his blog at drmarkjackson.wordpress.com.