The rock band Van Halen have a song entitled, “Running With The Devil.” Some of the lyrics went as follows;
“I live my life like there’s no tomorrow
And all I’ve got, I had to steal
Least I don’t need to beg or borrow
Yes I’m livin’ at a pace that kills
Runnin’ with the devil.”
Runnin’ with the devil will ultimately kill you so we need to be careful in how we live.
But, lots of people choose to run with the devil.Satan makes his way of living appealing. He makes a person think it’s cool to get drunk or get high on drugs. He makes a person think it’s ok to have pre-marital sex or have an affair. He makes a person justify stealing or telling a lie. But none of those things are right. Alcohol and drug abuse have ruined many lives. Extra-marital affairs have destroyed many families. Being dishonest or stealing has put many people in jail.
Satan is powerful but not all-powerful. Satan tempts us and can attack us but, Jesus is more powerful than Satan.
In Romans 16:20, Paul says, “The God Of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” Paul is talking about the end of time when Jesus will ultimately defeat Satan. But, until then, we have to deal with the power of temptation.
So how do we do that? James said, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:7).
Don’t think you can defeat Satan on your own; you can’t. Satan is powerful but, Jesus is more powerful. Maybe you are dealing with some kind of temptation today…maybe you have been struggling with it for a while…draw near to God and He will draw neat to you. Spend time in God’s word. Spend time in prayer. Find a local church and get involved. In doing these things, you draw strength to deal with Satan.
Stop running with the devil – it will kill you in the end.