Yes, the Devil is real! Some other titles used in the Bible are; Lucifer, Man of Sin, Son of Perdition, Tempter, Thief, Ruler of this world, Roaring Lion, Murderer, Little Horn, Father of lies.The last one I will list is “adversary,” which is translated from the Hebrew meaning “Satan.”
Satan is mentioned primarily in the New Testament. However, he is written about in the Old Testament as well. Read:
1 Chronicles 21: 1 (NASB)
Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.
Satan is written about in the Book of Job and Zechariah. But most of the writings come from the New Testament. I have not even included the Book of Genesis with the temptation of Eve leading to the fall of man.
1 Corinthians 7:5 (NIV)
Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
Mark 4: 15 (NIV)
Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.
With movies such as “The Exorcist,” “The Conjuring” some Christians are fearful of the Devil as to demonic possession. However, we as Christians are safe from possession but not demonic oppression. Oppression can come from personal attacks and temptations that are hard to resist. It is not an easy task to resist the Devil, but we must don the “Armour of God” for spiritual protection. Read:
Ephesians 6: 10-18 (NIV)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Christian rest assured that being resistant we can have victory over the Father of Lies! Read:
James 4: 7 (NIV)
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
With the Holy Spirit, we will triumph! Read;
Romans 8: 11 (NIV)
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
Christian, do not despair. We are God’s children and time is coming to a close for Satan! He and his minions will be thrown into hell; God has made reservations for them! We have the greatest Daddy anyone could ever have! Read:
1 John 4: 4-6 (NIV)
4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.