As I watch all the different news stories that are occurring in our city, state, country and world. I cannot help but wonder, how much influence does Satan have in the world today?
The unfortunate answer to that question is an enormous amount of influence!
Jesus called him the prince of this world in John 12:31, and Paul called him the god of this age in 2 Corinthians 4:4. Revelation 12:9 says that Satan leads the whole world astray. He remains disguised behind all the idolatries and false religions of the world. In the end, according to Revelation 20: 7-10, Satan will orchestrate a vast, worldwide rebellion against Christ and the church, but he will be defeated and suffer eternal punishment.
At the root of all Satan’s efforts on earth is his desire to take away God’s glory. Satan is jealous of God. Created as a mighty and good angel, he fell due to his arrogant desire to take the place of God according to Isaiah 14:12-15 and Ezekiel 28:11-19. Satan works in this world primarily through deceit. He is skillful beyond our imagination at tempting people to sin. He is also willing to spare no one in his pursuit of glory.
However, Satan is no match for Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. We as Christians will always face attacks by Satan as he tempts and test our faith. But Christians may always take refuge in Jesus, for by the power of his name they are successfully able to resist Satan.
Let me read from I Peter 5:8-11
8) Be alert and sober minded. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9) Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10) And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
This is why we gather around the communion table every week to remember that Christ has overcome our sins. He has paid the ultimate price by dying on the cross for each of our sins.