I used to think it was weird and kind of creepy when people would talk about satan.
I liked to talk about Jesus.. but not all that “evil” stuff. No thanks.
But as I’ve grown in my faith I’ve realized that there is, in fact, a real enemy roaming this earth looking for people to ruin.
An enemy that is looking to kill, steal and destroy each of us.
Whether or not we want to acknowledge it, there is a war happening over our souls.
The enemy wants to pull us as far away from God’s purpose for our life and from our salvation as possible.
He will do anything to make us doubt God’s goodness and promises.
I think its an easy mistake to make as believers, to think that if we battle Satan enough, he won’t bother us anymore.
But that’s not true. He will always try to get us while we are here on earth.
It won’t always be in loud, bold ways. Sometimes he will be quiet, lingering in the background, waiting for the right time to whisper a lie into our hearts.
Does that mean he will be successful? No. That depends on what we do, and how we battle.
But it’s important to know that satan is sneaky and sometimes when we think he isn’t there anymore, he is quietly tricking us.
You may have noticed this yourself.
Perhaps you thought you healed from something and would never struggle with it again, only to have it pop back up again years later.
Or maybe you find yourself believing negative thoughts about yourself or others that you know aren’t coming from God.
Sometimes even the “good” things in our life slowly and subtly get spun into an idol or something that becomes unhealthy.
Truly, the enemy will use anything he can to turn us away from God’s will.
It can happen without us even really recognizing it.
Satan is relentless.
But so is God.
And we know that God wins the battle.
There is no competition between God and satan, and we get to stand on the side of victory.
Still, we need to be alert of the war that’s still happening around us.
We need to guard our hearts and minds.
Because I promise you, satan will try to convince you victory is not yours, but hopelessness is.
He will try to tell you lies about who God is, and about who you are.
He’ll want you to cling to resentment and bitterness.
He’ll delight in your fear and insecurities.
He is the father of lies. All he does is lie. He will never stop lying.
1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
But our God...He shuts the mouth of lions.
There is no comparison.
He crushes the serpent.
Nothing, including the enemy, can stop God’s plan.
It’s up to us to choose who we are going to listen to and follow.
Satan will not stop, friends.
But neither will God’s victory.
~The Unraveling with Kelli Bachara