Good Wednesday morning. It’s chilly, but at least it isn’t 25 below like in International Falls! Yesterday, I had two pileated woodpeckers on the tree in front of my riverside window. Beautiful creations. Thank you, Lord.

More on the devil today.

Revelation 12:12

“Rejoice then, you heavens

    and those who dwell in them!

But woe to the earth and the sea,

    for the devil has come down to you

with great wrath,

    because he knows that his time is short!”

In the New Testament, Satan becomes the Devil. In Greek the word Devil is Diabolos, which literally means a slanderer. The power of evil is Satan. He has become more than an accuser; he has become the enemy of mankind. He gets in the way of God’s plan for God’s creation.

It is Satan who tempts Jesus in the wilderness; it is Satan who puts the terrible idea of betrayal into Judas’ mind; it is Satan who gets Peter to deny Jesus. It is he who is the cause of illness and pain as he works tirelessly to prevent the work of the Gospel. In the Lord’s prayer we pray, “deliver us from evil”.

Satan is the highest example of a servant of God who perverted his service into an opportunity for sinning; one of the best becomes one of the worst. “Satan is the great example of that pride which desires its own way rather than the way of God.” (Barclay)

Satan is very active in our world today. We must pray for all who feel under siege by the evil one that they may look to God for help and find strength in God to withstand the lies told to them by Satan. God’s will must prevail. If you feel like you are being persecuted by Satan, pray mightily for God’s spirit to fight for you. Tell Satan to stay the hell away from you, for you are filled with the promise in the victory through our Savior Jesus Christ.

This is tough stuff!

Blessings on your day,

Pastor Sue