Denying the power and the presence of the devil doesn’t make him less real. Downplaying the devil’s purpose on earth doesn’t nullify his purpose. What denying and downplaying does for the believer is make him susceptible to deception. The devil’s limited power and earthly purpose are real although still under the sovereign power of the all powerful God.
Revelation 13:4-5, 7 KJV “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”
Some of us are deceived by earthly governments that the enemy has infiltrated and has set up workers of iniquity under his rule. We focus on men (flesh and blood people like Trump and the producers and writers of the series Lucifer and the Preachers of Atlanta). We focus on the worldliness of worldly issues (campaigns and debates and racial injustice ) instead of discerning the real source of the world’s issue – events that are spiritually and prophetically happening before our eyes. And so we are deceived.
Deception is so subtle that when the beast from the sea and beast from the earth rise to power on earth, some of us will revere them. What are you doing to prepare for the forty and two months of the reign of the enemy? Are you fasting? Praying? Studying the Word? Teaching? Preaching? Prophesying? Evangelizing? Witnessing? Spreading the gospel so that souls won’t be lost? How are you in position for the veils scales and cataracts to be removed from your own eyes? Are you walking in obedience because sin blinds us? Do you ask for a spirit of discernment so that you will recognize false doctrine? Are your ears itching now or does your spirit receive the truth?
Who is the anti Christ? What are anti Christ spirits? Who is “the False Prophet?” If we don’t know the Word and understand that the devil is real, how will we recognize them when they run for office, start a church, establish policies and treaties, or incarcerate and kill our people? What is the panacea? God is the panacea- not rallying, picketing, protesting, wearing t-shirts, retaliating, or focusing on flesh and blood. If our weapons are not carnal, our war isn’t either. We are dealing with spiritual warfare. Some say “we give the enemy too much power.” Well denying the devil’s presence and power won’t make him any less real. However, obeying God, praying fervently to God, and having faith in God can transform situations over which the enemy temporarily has control. You have to know the devil exists to be equipped to fight the devil. Dr.J.