Hope your Friday is a good one. This Sunday we will conclude our Aliens series by looking at the apostle Peter’s closing words about our invisible war (1 Peter 5:7-10). There is a world that we can see, but there is also a world that we cannot see. If we don’t face that, we’re not facing reality.
The Bible references angels 108 times in the Old Testament and 165 times in the New Testament. And yet we know the names of only three angels mentioned in the Bible: Michael, Gabriel, and Satan.
Every single NT writer mentions the devil (Satan) and Jesus spoke about the devil 25 times. The devil does not live in hell (yet), he does not carry a pitchfork, and he is not a mythic symbol of evil. He is a very real spiritual personality about whom the apostle Peter said: “he is like a roaring lion walking about looking for someone to devour.”
Satan will never tire in harassing and attacking Christians because he hates the name we wear. But Scripture insists that the devil can be resisted, that we can be strong in the Lord, and that ultimate victory is absolutely certain for followers of Jesus.
This Sunday we will talk about this invisible war, our enemy who can make things difficult, and two very common lies the devil likes to spread when we are experiencing really hard, tough days. If you are alert to these lies, you can disarm them with truth.
My hope for you this Sunday is that you would see our great and gracious God caring for you, providing for you and fighting for you from a stance of certain victory. “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.”
All God’s Very Best to You,