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Deal With Devil

 

Devil

A materialist is one who does not believe in demons and has no interest in what they do. A magician is one who believes too much in demons and has an unhealthy interest in them. As for the demons, they care not which you are, for both are equally in error and thus leave you open to their efforts. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

Devil’s Effect on Christians

While on a trip to the zoo one day, a boy and his father saw a huge lion. The lion was prowling around his enclosure and letting out chilling roars. The boy became very frightened and screamed in terror, but his father remained calm and unafraid. Why? The boy was frightened because he saw only the lion, while the father was unafraid because he saw the cage enclosing the lion.

The Christian’s view of Satan should be like that of the father rather than that of the boy, for our fierce enemy is like a caged lion. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

Devil’s Effect on Christians

In some ways the devil is like the villain in the old melodramas. Remember how the plot always develops? The heroine seems to be doomed, and the villain always appears to have the upper hand as he twirls his mustache and rubs his hands together. But at the critical moment the rescuing hero arrives and the plot line changes. The villain is beaten, his scheme fails, and he slinks off the stage muttering, “Curses! Foiled again!”

Of course that is exactly what happens to the devil when a Christian is willing to stand firm, fully outfitted in the armor God has provided (Eph. 6:10~17). ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

Devil’s Effect on Christians

An artist carved a woodcut titled “The Knight, the Devil, and Death.” The woodcut pictures a gallant knight riding his stallion down a path in the middle of the night. Alongside the path are many creatures and monsters that seem to want to devour the knight. But they can gain no advantage over him because his eyes are on his home; he cannot be bothered.

Likewise, as long as we keep our eyes on Christ, we will not be devoured by Satan, though he is eagerly awaiting a moment when he might distract us and cause us to sin. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

Devil’s Fall

In his classic work Paradise Lost, John Milton describes the fall of Satan from heaven with his host of rebel angels. He depicts this as a great war lasting three days. The first two days of the cataclysm are waged solely between Satan and his demons and the unfallen angels under the Archangel Michael. On the third day, the Father sends the Son in glorious power to do single-handed combat with all the demonic host. The following is a brief excerpt from the scene:

        “Satan still in bright array, ye Saints; here stand,

        Ye angels armed; this day from battle rest…

        Therefore to me their doom he hath assigned,

        That they may have their wish, to try with me

        In battle which the stronger proves…”

        So spake the Son, and into terror changed

        His countenance, to severe to be beheld,

        And full of wrath bent on his enemies…

        They, astonished, all resistance lost,

        All courage; down their idle weapons dropt…

        And of the wonted vigour left them drained,

        Exhausted, spiritless, afflicted, fallen.

        Yet half his strength he put not forth…

── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching