It’s understandable to be intimidated by the Devil. We’re not sure exactly what he looks like but if the movies or Carmen music videos are accurate, he is a scary, evil looking creature.
The Bible says his one purpose in life is to destroy you and me, so I can understand why he has been built up into a horrifying bigger than life monster but is he really? Is the devil strong? Is he powerful?
Recently I was reading thru the book of Isaiah and came across some scriptures that gave me a new perspective of the Devil. God speaking through the prophet Isaiah talks about Satan in chapter 14.
For you said to yourself, ‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north. I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.’ Instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead, down to its lowest depths. Everyone there will stare at you and ask, ‘Can this be the one who shook the earth and made the kingdoms of the world tremble? Is this the one who destroyed the world and made it into a wasteland? Is this the king who demolished the world’s greatest cities and had no mercy on his prisoners?’
As I was reading these scriptures, I couldn’t help but think about the movie “The Wizard of Oz.” Do you remember at the end of the movie when Dorothy and her friends finally make it to the wizard, and fearfully they approach to ask for help to return home? The Wizard is this large, intimidating figure that has caused everyone in Oz to fear him, but we soon find out that it is all an illusion. The wizard is not really scary at all; he is a small, insecure man hiding behind a curtain. The same is true for the Devil.
According to God when we all finally get to see what he looks like we will be amazed and disappointed. He won’t be anything like the image we’ve created in our minds. We will all stare and ask “Really? Could this really be the person we were so afraid of?”
Don’t misunderstand, attacks from the enemy still sting, and spiritual warfare is real, but it’s real like wrestling. In wrestling people really do get picked up and slammed down. Wrestlers really do push and hit and jump off top ropes, but the in the end the outcome is predetermined. The same is true for our lives and our God.
There are different seasons in my life where it feels like evil is winning. Friends are getting divorced, addiction is taking lives, society feels like it’s slipping, and if I let it, I can begin to think the devil’s power is growing, but it’s not. He just hopes that he can get me discouraged and defeated enough to believe the lie that “he that is in me is not greater than he that is in the world” but we know that’s just another lie.
1 John 4:4
But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory because the Spirit, who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.
In the end, the Devil is just a poor, sad, insecure little person who hopes he can keep you afraid so you won’t notice the man behind the curtain. The next time you feel tempted or you feel like evil is winning just remember God is for you, so who could possibly succeed against you?
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