Today’s Scripture: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8

One Sunday morning the Devil suddenly appeared in a small town. Everyone started running and screaming except one old man. He just sat there unfazed. The Devil was perturbed and was wondering why this man was still sitting there while everyone else fled.

The Devil asked, “Don’t you know who I am?”

The man said, “Yep.”

“Aren’t you afraid of me?”

The man said, “Nope.”

“Why not? I’m the Devil.”

He replied, “I’ve been married to your sister for forty-two years.”

This humorous story brings up the question, “Should we be afraid of the Devil?” The answer is yes and no. We should beware. The Devil is out to stop you from trusting Christ if you haven’t done so yet, or from being effective for God if you have already trusted Christ.

On the other hand, if we are saved, we have nothing to fear. The Devil cannot do anything to us to take away our eternal life. We also are indwelt by the Spirit. This is why we can with confidence say, “Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world,” based on 1 John 4:4. We have nothing to fear when it comes to the devil, but we do need to beware.

There is no truth in the Devil, he is a murder, a liar from the beginning, and he seeks who he can devour. He uses the world, our flesh, and his demons. He was created innocent and with great power and authority. When he fell, God did not immediately remove His authority. He is still the “Prince of the Power of the Air.” (Ephesians 2:2)

How can we stand against the Devil? We must rely on God. The Spirit within you is greater than “that old serpent.” Have faith in God and faith to obey God. The Bible says that faith is required to “quench the fiery darts of the wicked.” (Ephesians 6:16) Trust God, and you will have nothing to fear.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.