I’m not one to attribute every problem in life to the devil, but there are times when I wonder what’s going on. The Bible is clear that Satan is involved in our lives but just how much and to what extent isn’t always obvious to us. We have to be careful not to blame every problem on the devil when some of them are, in reality, of our own making. Sometimes we are our own worst spiritual enemy. I lean towards the opinion that Satan doesn’t have to do too much to most of us to get us off track. We do a pretty good job of messing up without his help. At the same time, however, he does know the proper events to set in motion that can push us over the edge.
As I’ve studied for a series of messages that we’re calling Family Matters, I’ve come to the conclusion that one of Satan’s primary targets is the family. If he can weaken the family he weakens the church. More and more I think that the problems families are facing today have a spiritual component that can be attributed to the forces of darkness. The Apostle Peter warns us to be sober (cautious, wary), be vigilant (watchful), because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). Without excusing our own sin we need to keep our eyes open to the activities of Satan in our families.
Another aspect of Satan’s character and one that is at the very core of his being is his affinity for the lie. To put it bluntly you can’t trust anything he says. Speaking of the devil Christ said, when he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources (character), for he is a liar and the father of it (John 8:44). Satan invented the lie (remember the Garden of Eden?) and it has remained his tool of choice ever since. Don’t fall victim to the lies of the Evil One – he will lead you astray every time.
There’s a lot more that could be said about the devil – none of it good. He’s an all-around loser that in the end will pay for his crimes. In the meantime we need to do everything we can to protect our families from his destructive influence. The Apostle Paul compares our battles against Satan to the soldier waging war against his enemy and he encourages us to take the necessary steps to make sure we don’t end up as a spiritual casualty (Ephesians 6:10-18). Remember you’re going up against an enemy that is much stronger, craftier, smarter and experienced than you. Your only hope for victory is in Christ and the protection He offers. I find it encouraging to know that the victory has already been won (Colossians 2:13-15) and we’re just waiting now for the sentence to be carried out.
While we wait we still have an enemy to contend with. It won’t be easy, the battle will be long and the more you try to live the righteous life the more attacks you can expect. Don’t give up. Your family is worth every ounce of effort that you put into protecting them. The words of the Apostle are still practical and relevant in this regard; therefore my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58).
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