"The Influence Of Satan"

August 13, 2019 | By Chuck

“The Influence Of Satan”
Surely you can see Satan’s influence nearly everywhere you turn. The two mass shootings that took place last weekend are just another reminder of Satan’s influence. There are stories making the news today that are so wicked and evil that we wonder if they’re even true. We question, do people really do these kinds of things. I believe those stories tell another underlined story about the influence Satan has on our world today. “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God”(II Cor.4:4).
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe for a minute that Satan makes anyone do anything. I do believe that Satan influences people. Satan didn’t make Eve eat from the forbidden tree but he did influence her decision. Could it be that our world has grown so far away from the Lord that when evil temptations arise, the influence of Satan is stronger than that of God? I believe the terrible things we are seeing in our world are a spiritual problem. You can’t solve a spiritual problem with physical solutions. The bottom line is that Satan has far too much influence today, because our world has drifted so far from God.
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world”(I Peter 5:8-9).
Chuck Ball