Is the Devil Real?
The devil is very real and still plays a role in our lives today. But it’s not a good one.
Better known as Satan, or the devil, Lucifer started out as one of God’s angels, but was banished from heaven for his prideful desire to be elevated above God. Now he’ll try anything possible to keep you out of heaven, too.
He spends his time preying on our very souls, using our pride to trap us, our guilt to enslave us, and our weakness to give into temptation and lead us into an eternity separated from our loving God.
You’ve no doubt heard his whispers: “Go ahead, pursue that affair.” “Lying is just part of the business.” “Nobody’s looking. Take the money.” Known in the Bible as the father of lies (John 8:44), he’s hell-bent on stealing, killing and destroying everyone he can.
That’s why the Bible cautions us to, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
Satan knows that very soon, God will shut down his earthly reign. At that time, God will banish Satan to hell—the place of eternal judgment. Those who reject God like Satan did will go there, too.
But God doesn’t want anyone to go to hell and isn’t happy when someone ends up there (Ezekiel 18:23). His Son Jesus died so nobody would have to go to hell if only they would accept Him as Lord.
The devil does his best to distract, though. If he can get you to put off choosing Christ long enough, you’ll miss out on God’s free gift of eternal life with Him in heaven. Not choosing Christ is choosing an eternity without Him.
So which will you choose today: an eternity with Christ or an eternity with the enemy?
Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!
Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.
Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!
Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?
"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."
Did you pray this prayer?