“Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, ‘Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour — when darkness reigns.’” (Luke 22:52–53, NIV84)

One of the things I emphasize in my Bible classes is that Satan doesn’t get any days. It frustrates me when Christians say that Halloween is Satan’s day. Last I checked, Jesus only gave Satan a portion of Good Friday, and even at that, the evil one was not given all control. In his rage to destroy Jesus, he was blind to the fact that the death of Jesus would be his downfall. When Jesus spoke the phrase “Tetelestai” (“It is finished!”), He crushed the Devil’s head as promised in Genesis 3:15.

As many of you know, I have done ministry in Haiti for years. Voodooism is very visible and very real there. In Haiti, you either fear evil or you play with it. Spiritual warfare is not just ideologically understood, it is experientially lived out. I am thankful that He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world. We must always keep in mind that God and the Devil are not equals! One of them is our eternal God. He is all-knowing, all-powerful and present everywhere. The other is a created being who has had his power removed and his head crushed and awaits his eternal judgment. We truly are victors in Jesus Christ. May we daily live in the light and life of Jesus’ victory over sin, death and the Devil.

Peace!

Pastor Tom

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