“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8.)
Make no mistake – Satan is no friend to any of us. His business is death, his product is sin, and his plan is built upon temptation and deceit. He pushes sin – a deadly and addictive narcotic – upon all who will listen to him, resulting in shame, destruction and death.
Peter described some of his victims as “having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin.” (2 Peter 2:14.)
Jesus warned, “Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin.” (John 8:34.) And the apostle Paul wrote, “Let not sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof.” (Romans 6:12.)
Of course the devil doesn’t tell us this side of sin’s story. He has never practiced “truth in advertising.” In fact, in short, he is “a liar,” in the words of Christ. (John 8:44.) Satan presents sin as fun, popular, enjoyable, and necessary for happiness. He hides its effects, guilt and addiction, and says nothing about its ugly consequence: death.
Only our Lord can break Satan’s power. Only through Christ can we be made “free from sin,” and become “servants of righteousness.” (Romans 6:18.)