Satan Is Real and Does Oppose a Church
I think that things are going well in our new church, very good. I can also tell you that when things are going well in the church, sorry to say in a certain sense, scripture shows that Satan will get more heavily involved. He doesn’t have innumerable resources across the world to use, so he must ration them of sorts. He will place his demons where they are the most necessary, so if it’s going well, it could also start going harder. I will also say, that like 1 John 4:4, “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” God is greater than Satan, so what efforts Satan puts in, he doesn’t have to ruin anything. He’s going to need cooperation from us to see that done. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” In John 12:31, Jesus Himself calls Satan “the prince of this world.” In 2 Corinthians 4:4, the Apostle Paul calls Satan “the god of this world.” We know that he is working, organizing his various evil organization, described as “principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places.” Satan does damage in many different ways, but one of the ways is just distraction. Instead of doing the direct work of the Lord with the eternal souls of men, God’s people are involved doing temporal things, squabbling with each other, or staying at home depressed. Things that are good get in the way of things that are very, very great, the temporal for the eternal, and to make you a casualty.