In the days of Job, we see Satan “going to and fro in the earth, and . . . walking up and down in it” (Job 1:7; 2:2). Satan was walking all over the earth looking for a righteous man. Peter warned, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet. 5:8). As lion seeks its prey and strikes when his prey is unaware, even so, Satan hunts us like a lion. Jesus said that Satan was a murderer from the beginning and the father of lies (Jn 8:44). He is the author of lies and murder and chaos, and his actions continue to this day. Satan doesn’t take vacations or celebrate holidays. He is on the prowl 365, 24/7. Satan in our schools, our military, our government, and in our homes. Satan is working overtime to defeat the work of God for he knows his time on earth is short.
In Our Families
You can’t view modern-day families and not see Satan. Gay marriages, adultery, fornication, and divorce abound in the family. Single parent homes are as common, if not more so than godly marriages. We are led to believe that fornication is the prelude to a good marriage. Who do you think hates marriage? It surely isn’t God! God made woman for man (Gen 2:24). Yet, today we see woman with woman and man with man, and we are told this is normal. We see men and women surgically having their sexual parts removed and changed in order to become the opposite sex (transgendering), and we are told this is normal. We see homosexual and lesbian marriages, and we are told this is normal. Well, here is an eye-opener for the wicked, it is not normal! Remember, as goes the home, so goes the nation. Satan is obviously working overtime in the home, and especially in the homes of Christians to lure them away from God and his will. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Satan is winning.
The churches of Christ are not immune from the power of Satan. I dare to inform you that Satan sits on the front pew of every denominational church ever assembled and he sits in the Lord’s church as well. It is more obvious in denominational churches than in the Lord’s church because they have erred so far from New Testament scripture. When you see instrumental music in denominational churches, you know Satan is present. When you see women preachers, teachers, song leaders, who take on leadership roles, you know Satan is present. When you see infant baptism, you know Satan is present. When you see positions like Popes, Cardinals, Priests, and Nuns, you know Satan is present. When you hear doctrines like, “Once saved, always saved” and “Faith only saves”, you know Satan is present.
When you see the Lord’s church without elders, you know Satan is present. When you see the Lord’s church with unqualified elders and deacons, you know Satan is present. When you see a preacher who alters his message in order to keep his job, you know Satan is present. When you see women taking on leadership and teaching roles in the church, you know Satan is present. When you see the Lord’s church giving its money to non-Christians, you know Satan is present. When you see the Lord’s church investing in colleges, orphanages, or any other man-made institutions, you know Satan is present. When you see the Lord’s church having church sponsored banquets, dances, or any recreational activity, you know Satan is present. When you hear the truth slandered and error applauded, you know Satan is present. Yes, Satan is working overtime in the churches.
In Our Government
When the laws of man are enacted which allow sins like abortion, homosexuality, adultery, fornication, and various kinds of sexual perversion too numerous to name, you can rest assured that Satan has been working overtime in government. He has been working among the nations of men ever since governments began. Sodom and Gomorrah fell because of such wickedness. Rome and Babylon fell also because of their wickedness. Consider the wicked kings God names in the Old Testament, both among the Jews and among the Gentiles! Then, look into the New Testament and be reminded of the sins of Herod the Great, Agrippa 1 and 2, Caesar, etc. In studying these leaders, we find such sins as pride, lying, stealing, greed, etc. Don’t be fooled by political parties brethren. I declare unto you that both the Democrat and Republican parties are corrupt and wicked. If you think differently, you have been greatly deceived! These facts all bear record to the fact that Satan has been at work in the government!
The book of 1 John lets us know that men are tempted with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life (2:15-17). We are told that Satan walks around like a lion looking for his next meal (1 Pet. 5:8). Satan has not stopped yet but continues to look for the “weak,” “sickly,” and those who are just unaware of their surroundings. When we see folks caught up in alcoholism, abusive behavior with others, lying, stealing, pornography, just being unfaithful to God, ignorant of his word, not praying, not living as we should in Christ, etc., we are seeing the evidence of a people who are victims of Satan.
If people think Satan is a myth or a joke, he is content with this, for he knows such people will not take him seriously, and therefore will not take the salvation of their souls seriously. Solomon wrote, “Fools mock at sin” (Prov. 14:9). Satan wants more people to be foolish, and he works “overtime” at making sure this happens! If Satan can’t keep you from attending a church, he will try to direct you to a denominational one. If he can’t keep you out of the Lord’s church, he will direct you to the most liberal one he can find for you. If he can’t keep you out of a sound Church of Christ, he will encourage you not to read, study, or teach the Word. He will whisper in your ear, “let the preacher and elders do all the work. After all, isn’t that why we have them”? Yes, Satan is inside the hearts of the masses and he has no intention of departing until the day they die.
Conclusion: Can we fight against Satan? Yes, we can! He is powerful, but Christ has given us the weapons and armor for fighting Satan (Eph. 6:10-17 ff; Rom. 13:12, 14; 2 Cor. 10:3-5). Now we must use them! Perhaps we forgot that we are at war with Satan. Let us awake from sleep and get busy fighting temptation, as well as living a faithful life (1 Cor. 15:58). Look to God for strength (Philip. 4:13). Exercise your senses (Heb. 5:14). Search the scriptures daily (Acts 17:11). Study the Word in order to discern between good and evil (2 Tim 2:15 f; Heb 5:12-14). Preach the Word in and out of season (2 Tim 4:2-5). Contend for the faith (Jude 3). Defend the truth (Philip 1:15-18). Pray always (1 Thess 5:17). Satan is strong, but God is so much stronger. “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 Jn 4:4). Satan doesn’t take time off doing the work of wickedness, and neither should we take time off doing the work of God (Jn 9:4)!