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(Scripture from the NKJV and KJV)

– Lest Satan should get advantage of us – for we are not ignorant of his devices. – 2 Corinthians 2:11

Joyce Meyer once said that she thought Satan was a Halloween character for the first 7 years she went to church.  Mentioning him apparently was too offensive and disturbing to some members.  However, denying the existence of Satan is denying the existence of God – for our Father created him.  Satan also cannot operate on his own outside of God’s knowledge and allowance (Isaiah 45:7). When Job was tried, Satan had to get permission from God to do so (Job 1:12).  If we are ignorant of Satan – we will be ignorant of his devices as well.

Many people who love or play sports know that opposing teams routinely scout each other out, looking for defensive weaknesses to exploit.  Satan is our main adversary and operates much the same way – walking around like a roaring lion seeking whom he can devour (1 Peter 5:8).  We let him win when we do nothing to shore up our defenses.  How do we do that?  By taking up our shield of faith, our helmet of salvation, and our sword of the Spirit – which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:16-17).   Every time we let our guard down – he gains a foothold.

The things we wrestle against in this life are not flesh and blood. We battle against principalities and powers – against the rulers of darkness – and against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).  We are not protected from the devil and his ministers of righteousness by the physical walls of any church – nor the locks on any sanctuary door (2 Corinthians 11:15).  If God knew where Satan’s seat was in the church at Pergamos – He knows where the devil sits in ours (Revelation 2:12-13). Satan knows he has a short time (Revelation 12:12).   However, if he is not winning anything when we let him – why does he keep playing the game?

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