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Fighting With the Devil
Fighting with the Devil
People imagine what they want their life to be like. Many only dream about it, but some try to make their dreams come true. In a perfect world, that would be easy, but in this world people must contend with others to achieve their goals.
People sometimes think of contenders as certain people in their lives. But in addition, there are supernatural forces that they must deal with. At the front of these forces is Satan, the Devil. He tries to make you fail, especially if you are trying to do the right thing. Where did the Devil come from, and what is his purpose?
Satan, the Devil, is an angel that God created long before He created human beings. He was named Lucifer, and was created with free will, just as humans are. At first, Lucifer resided in Heaven with God and the other angels. But he was not content to be just one of the angels; he became ambitious and envious of God.
Lucifer wanted to be like God and have God's authority. At some point he rebelled, and a third of the angels joined his rebellion. Thus began a war in Heaven that Lucifer failed to win, and he and his angels were thrown out of Heaven and down to the Earth. Lucifer then became Satan, the Devil.
From the Bible:
How you have fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you have been cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!
For you said in your heart, I will ascend to Heaven, and I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north. I will ascend above the clouds; and I will be like the most High.
But you will be brought down to Hell, to the depths of the pit.
(Isaiah, Chapter 14, Verses 12 through 15)
From the Bible:
And there was war in Heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But they did not prevail, and they lost their place in Heaven.
The great dragon was thrown out. That old serpent called the Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world, was thrown out and down to the earth, and his angels with him.
Then I, John, heard a loud voice in Heaven say, " Now have come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accused them before our God day and night, has been thrown down.
They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives for as long as they lived.
Therefore, rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to those who live on the earth and the sea, for the Devil has come down to you. He is filled with anger, because he knows that he has only a short time."
(Revelation, Chapter 12, Verses 7 through 12)
Why didn't God destroy the Devil? Satan, the Devil, became God's enemy and God could have destroyed him and his followers. However, that would've caused the other angels to think that they would be destroyed if they didn't obey God. God wanted them to obey Him because they wanted to, not because they were afraid of being destroyed if they didn't.
As God's enemy, the Devil's purpose is to gain the allegiance of those whom God created. The first woman God created was tempted by the Devil to disobey God. God had told the first man and woman not to eat the fruit of a certain tree; and if they did, they would die.
The Devil was in the form of a serpent; and he told the woman that she would not die, but would be like God, knowing good and evil. The woman gave in to the temptation, and ate some of the forbidden fruit. She gave some of the fruit to the first man and he also ate it. The Devil has been deceiving people ever since.
From the Bible:
The serpent was more crafty that any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God say that you shall not eat of every tree in the garden?"
The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. But God said, 'You shall not eat the fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you shall not touch it, or you will die.' "
The serpent said to the woman, "You shall not surely die, for God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like gods, knowing good and evil."
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food, and pleasing to the eye, and desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate it.
(Genesis, Chapter 3, Verses 1 through 6)
The first man and woman were immortal until they disobeyed God. After that, they incurred a sinful nature that every human being has inherited. This sinful nature makes us weak and more likely to make bad choices, and causes our eventual death. The Devil knows all this and he tempts people to commit sins. In addition, he helps cause health problems for people that lead to suffering and death. He even creates bad weather conditions that cause tragedy in our lives.
From the Bible:
Be sober and alert; because your enemy the Devil is like a roaring lion, walking around looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, knowing that the same troubles affect others throughout the world.
(1 Peter, Chapter 5, Verses 8 and 9)
You must fight with the devil sometimes, if you want to make the right choices and live the right way. You cannot, however, do this on your own because your sinful nature makes you weak and vulnerable. If you don't care about what's right and what's wrong, then the Devil is less likely to bother you. But if you do care, then you need God's help to do the right thing and not do the wrong thing.
The Bible tells us that we must be born again if we want to stay on the right road. This means that your sinful nature must die, and you must be born with a spiritual nature. If you continue living according to your sinful nature, then you will be more likely to make bad choices. When you are born again with a spiritual nature, you become more aware of right and wrong. In addition, you will be more likely to make good choices.
You become more aware of right and wrong when you believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins. In addition, you develop a spiritual nature, with a desire to make better choices. But even with all that, you will still have remnants of your sinful nature that threaten to weaken you. The old bad habits are hard to break; and even with a spiritual nature, we are tempted by the Devil to do wrong.
Fighting with the Devil requires help from God, who gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. God will help those who believe in Jesus by giving them strength to overcome bad habits. He will also help them to resist temptation by the Devil to commit sins.
All through history, the Devil has caused an evil curse upon human beings. He has helped bring about wars, disease, pain, and death among the human family. His purpose is to cause people to blame God for their troubles and turn against Him. In addition, he wants people to believe that they are immortal and don't need God, or believe that God does not exist.
Perhaps the biggest deception by the Devil will come in the form of a certain man. This man will be a major force in bringing peace to the Middle East, and be revered by many. But he will actually be the Antichrist, empowered by the Devil. The Antichrist will become a harsh dictator who demands loyalty from all people. When this happens, it will be the beginning of the end of the world as we know it.
In the Bible, the Antichrist is referred to as the Beast, and the Devil is sometimes referred to as the Dragon.
From the Bible:
I, John, stood upon the sand and saw a beast coming up out of the sea. He had seven heads and ten horns, with ten crowns on his horns; and on each of his heads was the name of blasphemy.
The beast that I saw resembled a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth was like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power, and his throne, and great authority.
(Revelation, Chapter 13, Verses 1 and 2)
Before this world ends, those who believe in Jesus Christ as their savior will be saved from the destruction of the world. Jesus will return and take all Christians to Heaven; those who had died will be resurrected at that time. This event is called the Rapture.
Those who are not Christians will remain and endure God's judgment upon the world. This will be a terrible time called the Tribulation Period that will last seven years. The final world government will be formed during that time.
The Antichrist will be in control of the final world government. A false prophet will become the leader of a one-world church system that will support the Antichrist. Everyone will be required to receive a mark to show their loyalty to the Antichrist; the Bible refers to this as the Mark of the Beast. Those who do not accept the Mark will be killed. This is all an attempt by Satan, the Devil, to rule the world by trying to force people to worship the Antichrist.
Many will refuse the Mark of the Beast and turn to Jesus Christ as their savior. Even though the Antichrist will have them killed, God will resurrect them after the Tribulation Period. They will be with Jesus in the new world. Those who accept the Mark will eventually be resurrected and judged on Judgment Day.
At the end of the Tribulation Period, Jesus will return with an army of Christians to do battle with the Antichrist, the False Prophet, and their army of followers. This is called the Battle of Armageddon; Jesus and His army will be victorious in this battle. The army of the Antichrist will be killed, and the Antichrist and False Prophet will be thrown into the Lake of Fire and destroyed.
Satan, the Devil, will have suffered a serious loss at Armageddon. His attempt to rule the world will have failed. His appointed one, the Antichrist, will have been destroyed. After Armageddon, he will be thrown into an Abyss where he will be confined for the next one thousand years, called the Millennium.
During the Millennium, there will be peace on earth. Jesus will rule the new world. No one will have to fight with the Devil; he will be confined, and not be able to cause trouble in the world. After the Millennium, however, the Devil will be released for a short time.
Millions of people will be born during the Millennium. When the Devil is released, he will go around the world and deceive many of them, and gather them for the final battle. As they surround the camp of God's people, and the beloved city, fire will come down from God out of heaven and devour them.
The Devil who deceived them will be thrown into the Lake of Fire, burning with sulfur, where the Beast and the False Prophet had been thrown. He will be tormented day and night forever.
From the Bible:
When the thousand years are passed, Satan will be released from his prison. He will go out to deceive the nations in the four quarters of the earth--Gog and Magog--to gather them for battle. In number, they are like the sand on the seashore.
They went across the breadth of the earth, and surrounded the camp of God's people and the beloved city. Then fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.
The Devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the Lake of Fire, burning with sulfur, where the Beast and the False Prophet had been thrown. He will be tormented day and night forever.
(Revelation, Chapter 20, Verses 7 through 10)
In the new world, there will be no pain, or sorrow, or death. No one will grow old and die; everyone will have eternal life. The new world will be one where everyone lives in peace and happiness. There will be no war or people fighting with each other, and no one will be fighting with the Devil anymore.
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