Our dangerous yet defeated enemy - Hope 103.2

Our dangerous yet defeated enemy

By David ReayWednesday 4 Feb 2015LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Ephesians 6:10-12

10-12 In conclusion be strong-not in yourselves but in the Lord,in the power of his boundless resource. Put on God’s complete armour so that you can successfully resist all the devil’s methods of attack. For our fight is not against any physical enemy: it is against organisations and powers that are spiritual. We are up against the unseen power that controls this dark world,and spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil. (JBP)

In his book Screwtape Letters,C.S. Lewis said we can fall into two equal and opposite errors when it comes to the devil. We can give him too much attention or too little attention. To focus on him,to be constantly speaking of him and being afraid of him,is not healthy. Nor is ignoring him and so being blind to what he is up to.

Because he is powerful and dangerous,we must take him seriously. Because he is defeated,we must deal with him confidently. He might roam around like a wild animal waiting to devour people,but we are not his helpless victims. We belong to Jesus who has ultimate power over him. As our text suggests,we are in a battle but we are on the winning side.

Some Christians seem so absorbed in perceived conspiracies of Satan that they spend most of their time analysing the evil one rather than praising the holy one. It becomes spiritual paranoia. Others dismiss the evil one as a figure of harmless fun. Satan is quite content with either of these reactions.

We need to remember that Satan has a great capacity to deceive,but that the Spirit of God has a much greater capacity to lead.

David Reay