How Much Should I Fear Satan?

Reader Question

How much should I fear Satan?

Reasons for Hope Answers

This is a great question. I believe that Christians err in two ways when it comes to Satan. They either (1) think and worry too much about him and attribute all or most of their sins to his tempting; or they (2) don't understand enough about Satan, and how he desires to tempt us to sin and thereby damage or destroy our testimonies.

Knowing about Satan and understanding his will and works is important, but as Christians we must begin by remembering that Jesus is Sovereign over all things and that includes Satan and his works. We have no reason to fear Satan, but we have every reason to be aware of him and his evil intent and works.

It is important to understand the essence of Satan’s character. He is the total opposite of our God who is Truth. Satan is a liar. In fact, he's called the Father of Lies (John 8:44). That name alone should be a grave warning. Additionally, there are many other names he’s earned, each of which reveals his character.

Satan is an accuser (Revelation 12:10), an adversary (1 Peter 5:8), a deceiver (Revelation 12:9) and tempter (Matthew 4:3). He is the lawless one (2 Thessalonians 2:8-10), the ruler of darkness, demons and this world (Ephesians 6:12, Luke 11:15, John 12:31,32) and he is the enemy of God and man (Matthew 13:39).

Satan is the devil (1 John 3:8 ) and the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4). He is evil in his will and his ways (John 17:15) and he is the man of sin (2 Thessalonians 2:3,4 ) and the power of darkness (Colossians 1:13, 14).

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