I keep hearing about conspiracies. That all the chaos in the world is a planned attack.
It’s true. The Bible tells us the name of the one who is behind all evil: Satan or the devil.
He’s a liar and is always scheming as to how he can cause death, destruction, and chaos. He hates God and therefore hates His creation. And he does not work alone:
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:11-12
Rulers, authorities, powers of darkness, and spiritual forces of evil are always at work to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).
“….The devil…was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44
The devil is behind every lie and murder. He is our enemy.
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
What do we do?
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
* Be alert (1 Peter 5:8).
* Submit to God (James 4:7).
* Resist (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:9).
* Take a stand (Ephesians 6:11).
* Put on the armor of God: Truth, gospel of peace, faith, salvation, the Bible, and prayer (Ephesians 6:13-18).
*Pray always (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
*Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13).
*Do not let anger win giving Satan a foothold, “‘In your anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold,” (Ephesians 4:26-27).
*The blood of the Lamb! “They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Revelation 12:11
*Remember: Satan is a defeated foe! His time will come, “He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years…And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Revelation 20:2,10)
Thank You Jesus that You have already won the war! Help us to cling to You and Your truth as our enemy continues to battle. Help us stand firm against His lies. Please help us love without fail to show Your mercy and grace to all.