Topics: Satan


I've always said I don't believe in the devil, but we had a terrible case of murder-suicide in our town and I'm beginning to wonder if he's real.


One of the devil's greatest schemes is to convince people he doesn't exist, because then we won't take him seriously -- and that's exactly what he wants us to do.

But the devil does exist! Not only that, but he is a powerful spiritual being who has great authority over human society. He isn't as powerful as God -- but he still is very powerful, and we must never underestimate his ability to influence people and turn them away from God. And that's his goal: to turn us away from God and His will for our lives. The Bible calls him "Your enemy the devil (who) prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8).

Satan isn't only strong, however -- he's also absolutely evil. Even when his temptations appear to be good, they never are -- because his goal is to harm us and keep us from the good things God has for us. Was he at work in the murder-suicide you mention? I'm sure he was, either openly or behind the scenes.

But you need to know one other thing about Satan: He is a defeated foe! By His death and resurrection Jesus Christ conquered death and Hell and Satan -- and some day the battle will be over and Christ's victory will be complete. Make sure you're on the winning side, by putting your life into Christ's hands today.