August 1, 2014

Who or What is Satan?

Satan is mentioned well over 100 times in the Bible, so who or what is he?

Baptists believe in the literal reality and actual personality of Satan.
Catholics believe Satan is a fallen angel.
Lutherans believe Satan is the “Prince of Demons.”

It doesn’t really matter if Satan is a person, a fallen angel or the “Prince of Demons,” but it is important to acknowledge that Satan is a powerful adversary that tempts us to sin. This evil energy can also suck the joy out of our lives and leave us a quivering blob of cowardice and uncertainty.

Because of humanity's sinful nature, everyone, at some point, deals with temptations. Fortunately, we are never alone in our struggles with temptation, because standing between us and Satan’s schemes is the ultimate power of our Redeemer, our Protector, our Deliverer, Jesus Christ

In a recent meditation at our Bluff Point United Methodist Church, Pastor Judy White reminded us “God is for us all the time.”  Judy made that promise based on this paraphrased testimony by Paul in his letter to the church at Rome:

“There is nothing in death or life —- nothing in all creation that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The next time you are tempted to give in to Satan, remember God’s love is there providing the strength and courage you need to resist. 

"When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a  standard against him" (Isaiah 59:19).