Be Comforted Not Alarmed That God Allows Satan To Attack
We’re all fascinated with the spirit realm. This is evident by all of the books, TV shows and movies about angels, demons and the paranormal. We’d all like to know more about those beings we can’t see that seem to have greater powers than we have. Many think they’d like to see a good angel. The subject of demons and evil spirits, although interesting, is something most of us avoid. The reason is fear. I have found many Christians avoid the topic of spiritual warfare because of fear.
But we shouldn’t be afraid of it. We know the verse that says “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” 1 John 4:4. Yet knowing it isn’t enough to allay most people’s fears. Consequently many are surprised when I say God allows satanic attacks. They think, “Why would God allow something so scary to happen to me?”
The answer is, He doesn’t allow the kinds of scary attacks people imagine. First, let’s establish that God allows satanic attacks.
Biblical Evidence That God Allows Satanic Attacks
- In Job 1:12 and Job 2:6 God explicitly gives Satan permission to attack Job.
- In Luke 22:31 Jesus told Peter that Satan successfully asked for permission to attack all of the apostles.
- In 2 Corinthians 12:1-9 Paul tells us he had a thorn in the flesh, some kind of physical ailment. The ailment was caused by a messenger of Satan. God allowed the satanic attack to keep Paul from being conceited. Paul didn’t cast it out but prayed to the Lord because the Lord allowed it to attack Paul.
- Jesus teaches us to pray, “keep us from the evil one” Matthew 6:13. God would not teach us to pray for protection from satanic attacks if He were not in control.
With that in mind, let’s consider the implications of God allowing Satan and his followers to attack His children.
4 Implications Of God Allowing Satanic Attacks In Our Lives
- Dualism is false. Dualism is the view that there is an ongoing battle between equal powers of good (led by God) and evil (led by Satan). That isn’t a biblical concept. God’s in control. Period.
- God promised not to allow any temptation we can’t handle. Therefore through Christ we can handle any satanic attacks that come our way 1 Corinthians 10:13. Ephesians 6:10.
- Our Father loves us immensely Matthew 7:7-11 and doesn’t want us to fear 1 John 4:18. He won’t allow scary horror film types of satanic attacks.
- Since God allows the attacks we should stop complaining about Satan attacking us. God knows everything. We glorify God when we resist satanic attacks. God took Job to task for complaining about how God was doing things Job 38-41.
It’s time to stop avoiding, ignoring, and complaining about spiritual warfare. It’s time to learn to recognize and resist the satanic attacks God allows to happen.