It is important to realise that the devil rules the world. He got that right when he deceived Adam. ‘We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.’ 1 That explains why there is an almost universal conspiracy against God and His book, the Bible. If you look, you will see it: God is not allowed. He must be expelled.
There are two things Bible believers should remember:
- Believers are under the government of God. ‘We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.’ 2 We are safe under God, but we do live in the devil’s country, and we are subject to xenophobic attacks. That is why we are warned by Paul, ‘We must go through many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.’3 Understand that heaven is coming, but it is not here yet. Don’t be discouraged by adversity. Be encouraged that you are hated by the devil. It is far better to be loved by God.
- The devil aims to rob people of eternal life on the new heaven and earth. His standard strategy is to sow doubt, because he asks one question, ‘Did God really say…?’ 4 He influences people, and they do his job for him. So he has a ready army willing to spread his message around the world, ‘doubt the Bible, because it is nonsense.’ The devil is ever ready to pounce on people to use them as his apostles for hell. That is why it is wise to obey Scripture so that we can be safe under God’s protection, ‘Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.’ 5
Who are the people taken captive to do the devil’s work? They are found all over society as atheists, skeptics, humanists, evolutionists and liberal theologians who deny that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. The ‘theologians’ are especially dangerous, because they come in a disguise, ‘For such men are deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness.’ 6 Bold ours
The devil will miss eternal life with God on the renewed planet. He missed it by a mile and that loss drives and energises him to tirelessly oppose God and influence people to follow his lead. Unfortunately following him leads to the eternal lake of burning sulphur. His willing servants want us to follow suit. Don’t give in, because it will cost you dearly, as the devil so ably demonstrates.
God’s brilliant plan is an eternal Kingdom of peace and happiness.
- Where is the outline of this plan? In the Bible.
- Where are the guidelines to become part of it? In the Bible.
So what is the easiest way to ensure that people will miss God’s plan? Insist that the Bible is just an ordinary book written by men, with no special value, or that it has so many errors you cannot believe it.
The solution: Know and keep to the Truth, which is Jesus, the Word. Resist the devil and his coworkers with the name of Jesus. Always remember that the fight against God and His people is because the Bible is true. A real enemy hates the real God, who promises us eternal life. Glory be to God!
- 1 John 5:19
- 1 John 5:18
- Acts 14:22b
- Genesis 3:1
- 1 Peter 5:8
- 2 Corinthians 11:13-15