When someone gets to the end of their life, the things that are really important become more in focus. Billy Graham, now 98, just wrote a column addressing the truth about Satan.
It seems that though Americans like to believe in God, they don't as much want to believe in Satan. A recent Gallup survey showed that "while nearly 90 percent of Americans believe in God, only 61 percent believe in Satan," reports the Gospel Herald.
But America's most famous evangelist wants us to know that Satan is very real. Though Graham did not speak as much about the devil in his younger days, he warned last year:
"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)."
And in his most recent column about it, Graham shared what the Bible tells us of Satan's power and purpose. "First, he is a very powerful spiritual being who is absolutely opposed to God, and he will do everything he can to block God's plans."
Graham continued, "He tempts, he deceives, he destroys and he even kills when it suits his purpose. The Bible says, 'Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him' (1 Peter 5:8-9)."
But Graham wants to emphasize that Jesus has power over Satan--and that you can too. "By His resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ overcame the power of sin and death and Satan and hell," Graham said.
"And some day his victory will be complete; Satan will be bound and his power destroyed, and Christ will rule forever and ever. Is your hope and trust in Him?"
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