Monday, August 3, 2015

The Christian’s Worst Enemy

I believe the worst enemy every child of God has is the same one who is the archenemy of God as well. But who is this enemy? The Bible assigns nine major different names for this wicked angel. Each of these names is, of course, character revealing and describes how fierce a foe believers have.

  • Satan.” This enemy is the believer’s adversary and deceiver.
  • Devil.” This word comes from a verb meaning “to throw” and refers to his hurling accusations and slanders.
  • Serpent” refers to his craftiness and subtlety. He is like a snake in his actions.
  • Beelzebub” is the term the Pharisees used to describe Jesus’ power to cast out demons. They said He was demonic.
  • Ruler, Prince.” When Satan fell because of his sin, he instituted a counter kingdom along with the other angelic beings who then became demons.
  • “The god of this world” heads up an anti-God philosophy. He has blinded the minds of the unbelieving to the gospel of Christ.
  • The tempter.” This is how the apostle Paul described Satan. This name describes his evil work among believers and unbelievers.
  • The dragon.” This name describes Satan’s power and strength.
  • The evil one.” He is totally corrupt and carries out his anti-Christ work.

Every born-again believer is equipped by God to be victorious over this evil one. Christ gives each of His children power to say “no” to Satan and “yes” to the Savior and the Holy Spirit of God.