Billy Sunday was asked "Do you believe in the devil?" Yes, he replied, for two reasons; one, the Bible says he is real and two, I've done business with him.
Scripture describes him as the 'the wicked one' (Matt. 13:9) 'The Tempter' (1Thess. 3:5), 'Prince of the power of the air' (Eph. 2:2), Prince of this world' (John 12:31), 'A liar' (John 14:30), 'A murderer' (John 16:11), and 'An accuser of the bretheren' (Rev. 12:10).
His purpose for being is "To be like God." (Is. 14:14) and to seek whom he may devour"(1Peter 5:8). He does not discriminate in his attacks against us. None of us are granted immunity. We all have felt his power at one time or another.
He employs many methods to get an advantage over us (2 Cor. 2:11). He led Adam and Eve to doubt God.(Gen. 3:4-5).He provoked pride in David (1 Chron. 21:1). He brings jealousy among friends (1 Sam. 18:6-30). He promotes selfishness (Acts 5:3); and he brings suffering (Rev. 2:10).
Satan is great but Christ is greater! Let us "Resist the Devil and he will flee from us." James 4:7)
Rev. W. Scott Lockard
©2003 Pastor Lockard's Living on the Bright side Ministries