Is Satan Real? (Y1.T1.D18)
Updated: Mar 9, 2022
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Satan is real.
That’s not a fun sentence to type.
I would rather write a thousand devotions about the kindness and love of God without ever bringing up our greatest enemy. Problem is, The Mosaic Bible Experience is about reading the entire Bible, not just the parts that make us comfortable.
After Jesus stepped out of the baptismal water, he entered a battle. As a believer, you will too.
The best way to fight is to be prepared. Scripture teaches us how we are beloved children of God, our internal spirit longs to reconnect to our Creator, and an enemy seeks to destroy that connection. This devotion is not about elevating the devil’s power over God but increasing our awareness of the supernatural war raging for our soul.
Satan issues his challenges to us when we are weary. Look for his fiery darts to fly when we are exhausted and alone. Isolation is also where Satan’s weapons work best.
We will all have wilderness moments. I encourage you to remember what Jesus promised: “The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.” (John 10:10).
This power passage isn’t part of our reading, but it helps remind us of Satan’s goal. Like a bully who finds pleasure in tripping and then kicking a kid who’s fallen, the devil will childishly hijack any time you might spend worshiping God. When you find yourself under fire, your best defense exists in proudly claiming the abundant life offered to you from the Savior.
Satan is real, and so is Jesus.
Surviving the Wilderness
32 John testified, saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending like a dove out of heaven, and it remained on him [Jesus]. 33 I didn’t recognize him, but he who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘On whomever you will see the Spirit descending and remaining on him is he who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.”(John 1:32–34)
12 Immediately the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness. (Mark 1:12)
1 You shall observe to do all the commandments which I command you today, that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which Yahweh swore to your fathers. 2 You shall remember all the way which Yahweh your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, to test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. 3a He humbled you, allowed you to be hungry, and fed you with manna, which you didn’t know, neither did your fathers know, that he might teach you that (Deuteronomy 8:1–3a)
4 Your clothing didn’t grow old on you, neither did your foot swell, these forty years. 5 You shall consider in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so Yahweh your God disciplines you. (Deuteronomy 8:4–5)
13 You will tread on the lion and cobra.
You will trample the young lion and the serpent underfoot.
14 “Because he has set his love on me, therefore I will deliver him.
I will set him on high, because he has known my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him.
I will be with him in trouble.
I will deliver him, and honor him.
16 I will satisfy him with long life,
and show him my salvation.” (Psalm 91:13–16)
13 You shall fear Yahweh your God; and you shall serve him, and shall swear by his name. (Deuteronomy 6:13)
13a He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals; (Mark 1:13a)
11a Then the devil left him, (Matthew 4:11a)
13 When the devil had completed every temptation, he departed from him until another time. (Luke 4:13)
You supply all my needs according to Your riches (Philippians 4:19). Every morsel of food I consume is a gift from You. I know You will not allow me to be tempted beyond what I am able to escape or endure (1 Corinthians 10:13). Help me recognize the lies the enemy whispers into my ears or shouts from my screens today. Help me hide Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You (Psalm 119:11). I need You and You only. Thank You for coming into this world wrapped in flesh. Your life provides me examples for surviving and thriving through this human condition. Glory be to God.
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