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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Is The Devil Real - What Does The Bible Say?

I know what I believe, and am convinced both God and Satan exist. Understand, I do not worship Satan, but give honor and glory to God my Father, and his Son, Jesus Christ. I believe in the power and majesty of the gospel of Christ and am persuaded the Spirit of God still works in the lives of people who are saved by faith in the shed blood of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

Whether we call him Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub - or whether we are afraid to speak his name at all the destroyer is still on his job.
  1. Is the devil real?
  2. Can he assume different shapes?
  3. How much power does he have?
  4. If God is all-powerful, how could the devil have rebelled against Him and taken up dominion on earth?
  5. Is the Devil Real - How does the devil work?

The Bible, taken literally, clearly states the devil exists. Satan is mentioned by name in 47 passages (NIV). The devil is mentioned in 33 more. He is described as the one who tempted Adam and Eve into original sin in the Garden of Eden; he is the one who tempted Jesus in the desert.

Some people don't believe the Bible is literally true. When they ask, "Is the devil real?" they must rely more on personal experiences in the world. No one can deny that there is evil in the world. How are we to discern whether this is simply the result of human nature, as opposed to evidence of some outside force at work?

Here, again, it is interesting to look at the way Satan worked in the Bible and compare that with the issues we face in day-to-day living. When Satan tempted Jesus, he appealed to three things:

  1. the lust of the flesh
  2. the lust of the eyes
  3. the boastful pride of life.

First he challenged Jesus, after a 40-day fast, to use his powers to make food and satisfy His fleshly needs. Then he challenged Jesus to look at the world from a high place and offered Him dominion over all He saw. Finally, he tempted Jesus to throw Himself down from a tower, saying that surely, as God's son, He would be saved - an appeal to pride.

Whatever temptations we face, they seem to fall into these categories:

  1. Pornography, adultery, gluttony all appeal to lusts of the flesh.
  2. Materialism and the quest for power appeal to the lust of the eyes.
  3. When we strive to reach spiritual heights, we are threatened with the sinful pride of believing WE are more important than God.

Perhaps the devil doesn't appear to us in person. Perhaps he doesn't caper about with a pitchfork, with horns and a forked tail. But we may know he is there by the way he acts, just as we may know a skunk is near through its unmistakable stench.

Is the Devil Real - What is our response?


  1. Yes, he's real, he's alive, and living on planet earth. And let's not forget that he's busy all the time. The people of God tend to want to make him responsible for everything (we give him credit for every evil sinful act) or responsible for nothing (we give him no credit at all for evil sinful acts). He can only be in one place at any given time and I believe he's smart enough to be where he can do the most harm. Let's not forget he has all kinds of help: demons, sinful humans who are reprobate to the core, and even believers who are too lazy to pray and even lazier about studying God's Word. One of the main reasons the professing church has a hard time recognizing pulpit pimps is because we don't know what the Word has to say about them (II Cor.11:13-15). Praise God that the devil won't be around forever (Rev. 21:10) and that, as powerful as the devil is, God STILL has him on a short leash (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-10).

  2. @ C. A. Blackmon thank you for that powerful comment. I am glad to no our God is holding that leash.