A famous evangelist Billy Graham has revealed in an advice column that while it’s important to remember that Satan is “very powerful,” God is infinitely more powerful and has already defeated the devil.
The advice column was published by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association where the now 98-year-old Baptist pastor emphasized that the devil is not as powerful as God – nor will he ever be.
“In fact, some day his power will come to an end, and in the final battle of the ages, he will be defeated forever. The Bible says, ‘And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur … for ever and ever’ (Revelation 20:10).”
Graham went on to explain that although the devil isn’t as powerful as God, he is still very powerful, and we must never take him indifferently.
“His goal is to block God and His plans, and he will use every trick and every scheme he possibly can to deceive us and turn us away from God. The Bible calls him a ‘roaring lion looking for someone to devour’ (1 Peter 5:8),” Graham said.
Later on Graham went on to point out that Satan is a defeated foe. “When Jesus Christ was put to death on the cross, His enemies thought they had defeated Him – and so did Satan. But His resurrection from the dead proved the opposite! Instead, by His death and resurrection, Christ conquered sin and death and Hell and Satan. And some day […] Christ will come again in glory.”
It’s important to not focus on the world and its evils, but on Jesus Christ, Graham concluded however people must not make the mistake of thinking that the devil isn’t real. “I also know Satan is real by looking at the world around me, and even within my own heart. How else can we explain terrorism, or racism, or injustice, or a hundred other examples of evil and destruction and brokenness?” said Graham. “Satan, the Bible tells us, ‘was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him’ (John 8:44).”
Author: Damilola Bolaji
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