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Is the Devil Real? Does It Really Matter?

by Jess Holland

Absolute truths aren’t popular today, right? But let me go ahead and be absolutely clear (see what I did there?), Satan, aka the devil, is real. As Christ followers, we face a real enemy—not bad vibes, mere consequences, or karma—but Satan.  

So, what’s the deal with the devil? Isn’t that character of the Bible just meant to keep us from doing good works? And is he a snake or a red dude with a pointy tail? Let’s talk about it.  

Who is the devil?

The devil is actually a fallen angel. Angels are beings created by God with supernatural powers to do His will. He’s described as extremely beautiful—one of the most powerful created beings in heaven. While we don’t get all the details, we do know that he became full of pride and wanted to do better than God, without God. He was cast out of heaven because of his rebellion against God.

So, what happened next?

Satan was the serpent who tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. First, he brought confusion by questioning Eve about what she knew God had told her: “Did God really say …?” Then, he tempted her with the same thing that caused him to be cast out of God’s presence—pride. He promised Eve she could be like God, without needing God. Adam & Eve fell into the temptation, were sent out of Eden, and out of perfect fellowship with God.

At one moment they were walking with God in the garden in the cool of the day, the next they were hiding from Him, trying to cover their sins. Ever been there?

What does the devil do?

The devil is a liar and he still has some power on the earth today. Remember how I mentioned he was one of the most beautiful of all the creatures God made? How often do we get caught up in sin that looks beautiful, fun, and exciting on the outside and find out later it was ugly, cheap, and hurtful? That’s what the enemy does. He looks like the good life, but then he tries to suck the life out of you. Think about porn, addictions, affairs, bingeing, empty sex, and anything that promises to fulfill your needs without God.

Have you ever felt crippled by guilt and shame over things you’ve done wrong—big or small? That’s another one of the devil’s traits. He’s known as the accuser of the brethren. The devil isn’t stupid—he’s a liar and an accuser. Pride, lies, and shame come in many forms. That’s why the Bible tells us to be watchful, on our guard against him. That’s why my pastor, Craig Groeschel, taught an entire message series called When The Devil Knocks.

How powerful is the devil?

Okay, but why does God allow this? Maybe because God wanted humans to live in a world with free will and the ability to choose to love Him—or not. I don’t know, but I trust God in His infinite wisdom more than my finite mind. So far, this all sounds kind of sad, and while sin is heartbreaking, I do know the end of the story. And it’s really good.

Satan tried to tempt Jesus during His time on earth. Jesus was about to start his earthly ministry, so He went out to the desert to fast for 40 days. 40 days. In. The. Desert. I’ve been hangry before after missing a snack, so I can’t imagine what that was like. But Jesus was sustained by God. The devil came to him three times offering him power, fame, and food. Can you imagine how good that all had to sound? Jesus chose to remain faithful to God’s love then, and He wasn’t tempted away from giving His life on the cross either.

And what’s the best part of the story? John 10:10 NIV says it best. It teaches us that the devil is a thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. That’s pretty important to know, right? If you’re feeling robbed of your joy, dead inside, and utterly shattered, you’re right where the devil wants you. But the beautiful hope is that Jesus came so we can have life—and more life! Some versions read: life to the fullest.

@craiggroeschel 

Jesus defeated death—He was the perfect sacrifice for all sin for all time. He gives us the fullest life. God made a way for you and me to be with Him despite all the times we’ve chosen pride & lies over Him. So, yes—the devil is real. He’s a liar. But he’s defeated! As my pastor Craig Groeschel says, “We don’t fight for victory. We fight from victory!”


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