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Tinsley: Dealing with the devil

When my mom was 87, she referred to as to ask my opinion about some counsel she had acquired from some well-meaning Christian buddies.

They informed her that the satan was at all times current, at all times beside her, at all times attempting to make her fall. Close to the purpose of tears, she requested if that was true. A widow for 33 years, the considered the satan always beside her, testing her, solely served to deepen her sense of loneliness and concern.

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I used to be glad to reassure her that her buddies, as well-meaning as they had been, acquired it unsuitable. The Bible doesn’t train that the satan is current all over the place. Nor does it train that the satan is at all times standing beside us tempting us. Within the final days earlier than her dying at 89, my mom demonstrated full confidence in God’s presence and his guarantees.

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When Jesus was tempted for 40 days within the wilderness the Bible clearly states that after the temptation the satan left him. If the satan left Jesus, he additionally leaves us. He can’t stay always by our aspect tempting us. The Bible additionally says, “Resist the satan and he’ll flee from you.” If he has fled, he can’t stay by your aspect.

In contrast to our adversary, Jesus is at all times with us. He has mentioned, “I’ll by no means depart you nor forsake you.” Giving consolation to followers of Christ, Paul said, “Higher is he that’s in you than he that’s on the planet.”

In fact, not everybody believes the satan is actual. However there’s a lot on the market concerning the satan. He reveals up in books, motion pictures and movies. To point out simply how confused individuals are concerning the satan, a nation-wide survey carried out by the Barna Group indicated {that a} minority of Christians consider Devil is a private being, however a majority of Christians consider an individual could be below the affect of non secular forces comparable to demons.

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Nobody would argue with the truth that there’s monumental evil on the planet. Our information experiences are crammed day by day with murders, thefts and atrocities, each native and international.

The Bible teaches that the satan is an actual, private being, our adversary that seeks our destruction. (1 Peter 5:8). However the Bible additionally teaches that the satan is a defeated being. (Revelation 20:10).

We want not concern the satan or all his demons. We want not reside our lives in concern of the evil and violence that’s so evident in our world. We will reside with confidence. “If God is for us, who’s in opposition to us? He who didn’t spare his personal Son, however delivered him over for us all, how will he not additionally with him freely give us all issues? Who will convey a cost in opposition to God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who’s the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is he who died, sure, somewhat who was raised, who’s on the proper hand of God, who additionally intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8:31-35).


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