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For I Am Convinced

Romans 8:38

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,

profileThe devil is real!  No matter what others may say – the devil is real!  Throughout the scriptures we are told that the devil is real.  If someone doesn’t believe in the devil – they do not believe in the Bible – because the inspired – infallible – inerrant word of God tells us that there is a devil – Satan – the fallen angel.

Here are just a few scriptures that reveal this truth.  I could fill several pages with the teachings of the Bible about Satan/the devil – but I will simply mention a small sampling of them.  Here we go!

Matthew 4:1 – Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.

Matthew 12:24 – But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”

Matthew 13:37-39 – 37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

Acts 10:37-38 – 37 You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

Ephesians 4:26-27 – 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

1 Peter 5:8 – Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Luke 22:3 – Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.

Acts 26:17-18 – 17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

2 Corinthians 11:14 – And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

Revelation 12:7-9 – 7 And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled down — that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

The devil is real.  It is beyond me how some pastors and theologians can say there is no devil.  We see the devil at work – even in the church today – as he tries to break the church and cause the children of God to believe in themselves – in their experiences – in their humanity – more than in the Sovereignty of God and His will – design and plan!  And the terrible thing is that some are falling for it.  Be forewarned and know that if we turn to Jesus – who has already defeated Satan – we too can have victory of his lies and power!

The word of God gives us great hope – even in the midst of the reality of Satan.  Romans 8:38-39 – 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Here is another great passage of hope. 1 John 4:4 – You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.  Remain faithful and He will remain in you!  The devil is real but he has been defeated by Jesus on the Cross of Calvary! Praise be to God!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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  1. When I was growing up Methodist, I noticed Baptist preachers talked about the devil a lot. Methodists hardly ever mentioned the devil. A month ago we were on vacation in WV, listening to a Presbyterian minister preaching in his church. He said the Bible says that the devil is an Angel of Light, not the pop culture image of a red suited man with horns and a pitchfork. It’s true, the devil is disguised as an angel of light. Another great post, Ray!

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    Comment by Favorite Son | November 18, 2013 | Reply

  2. I’ve found that one of the best ways to mentally banish the devil from thoughts is to remember Bible verses or sing a hymn or spiritual song. This morning while making breakfast, the earworm came to me, “Victory is mine,” which our African American United Methodist members in southern Maryland often sang at their worship services. Jesus defeated the devil when he was tempted, by quoting appropriate Bible verses. “One little word shall fell him,” say Martin Luther’s great hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” One of your best posts, Ray, thanks!

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    Comment by Favorite Son | November 19, 2013 | Reply


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