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Discovery Magazine 4/1/2003

Resist the Devil

It may seem to some people that the battle against our enemy (the devil) is a losing one. After pausing to see all of the sins in the world today (like cursing, lying, and murdering), we sometimes ask the question: ''Are Satan's temptations too great for us to overcome?" It seems that many people have given up, and have surrendered their lives to doing Satan's will. But is this the way it has to be?

While we should never take lightly Satan's power and ability, neither  should we underestimate the power and ability of our great God and His Word. Satan may have the power to tempt us, but God Almighty has the power to remove us from that temptation. That is why Jesus taught His disciples to pray: "And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one [Satan]" (Matthew 6:13). The Bible emphasizes that "the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation" (2 Peter 2:9). We must understand that even though God will not necessarily act to prevent our temptation by Satan, neither will He allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able to bear (read 1Corinthians 10:13).

As Satan's enemy, we cannot be ignorant of his schemes. Rathe1; we must actively "resist the devil," and know that he will flee from us (James 4:7).

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