Satan: Hiding in Plain Sight

The Barna group did a survey among “Christians” in America and discovered that almost seven out of ten do not believe affirmatively that Satan is real.

By clouding man’s vision with deception, he has been hiding in plain sight and becoming increasingly dangerous, thanks to advancing technologies.

Satan has been blinding the eyes of mankind for a very long time. Possibly the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing men that he does not exist. We often facilitate his deception by not holding him responsible for his evil behavior.

Insurance companies have “Acts of God.” Why not have “Acts of Satan?”

We know that God is actively working in our world providentially (Psalm 37) and that he tests us so we can grow (John 15:1-8John 15:1-8
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15 1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh it away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he cleanseth it, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already ye are clean because of the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; so neither can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; and so shall ye be my disciples.

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). However more we could say about how God acts in our world today, Satan is still wreaking havoc on the world, destroying souls and lives. He is relentless and without any hint of goodness.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:81 Peter 5:8
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8 Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour,

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He devours people and fights against God in every way imaginable. Yet, Christians do not give the Devil the blame he deserves. Instead, we absolve Satan by blaming God for everything. We all hate being falsely accused, yet we do it to God all the time. Satan tears our loved ones apart and we turn and blame God.

We hold congressional hearings and demand accountability if a product on the market injures a handful of people. Yet, sin kills billions and the disinterest is deafening.

Satan eclipses all of the evil Hollywood can ever conceive. The evils that men do pale in comparison to what Satan does to humankind. He devours people’s souls, using them at will against God and his children and brings them to the eternal fires in hell (Matthew 25:46Matthew 25:46
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46 And these shall go away into eternal punishment: but the righteous into eternal life.

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Millions claim that they hate Satan, yet do whatever he tells them to do. His voice perfectly mimics their own and convinces them that they are doing their own will, while controlling them like a puppet. They aspire to great heights but instead wallow in Satan’s filth.

He stands in crack dens, whorehouses, governmental offices, abortion mills and places of worship, leading his hideous chorus. He is thrilled as we disobey God and eagerly give our children to him.

Pagans promote Satan as real while Christians pretend he does not exist. The absurdity is astounding!

We must return to God’s Word with the realization that Satan is real and study anew who he is. Satan will quote Scripture and appear righteous (Matthew 4:5-6Matthew 4:5-6
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5 Then the devil taketh him into the holy city; and he set him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and saith unto him, If thou art the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and, On their hands they shall bear thee up, Lest haply thou dash thy foot against a stone.

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; 2 Corinthians 11:14-152 Corinthians 11:14-15
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14 And no marvel; for even Satan fashioneth himself into an angel of light. 15 It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.

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). Therefore, we must become knowledgeable of his tricks (2 Corinthians 2:112 Corinthians 2:11
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11 that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

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; Ephesians 6:11Ephesians 6:11
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11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

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God has given us everything we need to repel Satan’s attacks. We can resist Satan and he will flee from us (James 4:7James 4:7
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7 Be subject therefore unto God; but resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

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4 1 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you to walk worthily of the calling wherewith ye were called,

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12 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. 2 And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

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We can develop a greater hatred of sin and do a better job of filling our time. Our companions must be wholesome and our minds focused.

Finally, we must not allow public shame to overshadow the pleasing of God. We must be courageous and follow God no matter what the price.

Satan is real. Do we care?

–by Richard Mansel @ www.forthright.net

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