While the devil is de­vi­ous and crafty, he is de­feated

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Is the devil as pow­er­ful as God? Some­times I think he must be, be­cause the world is just as bad as it ever was.

No, the devil is not as pow­er­ful as God — nor will he ever be. In fact, some day his power will come to an end, and in the fi­nal bat­tle of the ages he will be de­feated for­ever. The Bi­ble says, “And the devil, who de­ceived them, was thrown into the lake of burn­ing sul­fur ... for ever and ever” (Rev­e­la­tion 20:10).

There is much about the devil that God hasn’t revealed to us; we don’t al­ways know why evil seems to flour­ish. But the Bi­ble tells us two very im­por­tant truths about the devil. First, al­though he isn’t as pow­er­ful as God, the devil is still very pow­er­ful, and we must never take him lightly. His goal is to block God and his plans — and he will use ev­ery trick and ev­ery scheme he pos­si­bly can to de­ceive us and turn us away from God. The Bi­ble calls him a “roar­ing lion look­ing for some­one to de­vour” (1 Peter 5:8).

But the other truth we need to re­mem­ber is that Satan is a de­feated foe! When Je­sus Christ was put to death on the cross, his en­e­mies thought they had de­feated him — and so did Satan. But his res­ur­rec­tion from the dead proved the op­po­site! In­stead, by his death and res­ur­rec­tion Christ con­quered sin and death and Hell and Satan. And some day that vic­tory will be com­plete, and Christ will come again in glory.

Don’t fo­cus on the world and its evils. Fo­cus in­stead on Je­sus Christ, and put your faith and trust in him. “But thanks be to God! he gives us the vic­tory through our lord Je­sus Christ” (1 Corinthi­ans 15:57).

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