by Kelli Campbell

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog entitled “Without Cause.” In that blog, I said when a trial comes into our lives we must not hold our God responsible and we should never charge God foolishly. We learn this from Job 1:22, “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”

In Job 2:3, the Lord allowed Satan to have complete power over Job’s life (but he could not kill him). The verse finishes up saying God allowed the fiery trial “without cause.” So, if it is without cause, then who or what is the cause behind all of our troubles, trials and afflictions? I want to share what my thoughts are in the answer to this question.

In Revelation 12:7-12, “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused him before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” This text tells us of a war that took place in Heaven between Satan and his angels against Michael and his angels. Satan and his angels lost the battle and were no longer allowed to remain in Heaven. Verse 12 tells us that he has a short time and woe to all of us that inhabit the earth.

I have heard Christians say, numerous times, “The Lord said He would never put more on you than you are able to bear,” when it is not the Lord putting these trials on us. It is Satan. In I Corinthians 10:13, the Bible says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” God does know what we can handle. When the Devil attacks us with all these trials of pain, afflictions and discomfort that is when God steps in on our behalf. He strengthens us and makes a way for us to escape.

Satan’s desire is to get back at God for his defeat in Heaven. The best way to do this is to come to earth and attack God’s children.

Here are some further passages that will help us get an even better understanding of Satan’s devices. I Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” As Satan walks about the earth, he attacks as a lion, with vengeance, in his bite to devour us. There are physical sicknesses and afflictions, emotional issues attacking our minds, financial issues and personal attacks against us and, also, between other believers. Verse 9 says, “Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” Did you see that? Where? To the brethren that are in the world. Remember, Satan was cast out of Heaven and came down to the earth unto you and me. II Corinthians 12:7, “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.” The Apostle Paul states he was given a thorn in the flesh. Paul recognized that his physical affliction was given to him by Satan, the devourer.

Now, let me show how I believe the Lord Jesus warned against Satan and his power to afflict the very seed of God, you and I who know the Lord. Maybe this will help many to understand that the Devil is the author of all the evil and pain that invades us today. Luke 22:31-32 says, “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat, But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” Here our Lord warned Simon Peter to be on the lookout for the Devil because his desire is to destroy and devour God’s chosen, so that he may get back at God for the defeat he suffered in Heaven. So, when Satan is on his prowl, afflicting us with heartaches and heartbreaks and suffering remember Jesus prayed for us that our faith does not fail. I love that! Always remember this when you are going through your trial. We have a Saviour who is praying for us that our faith fails not. We must strive to increase our faith because it is our faith that will prevail, our faith in Jesus Christ.

I John 4:4, “Ye are of God, little children and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” Now, let’s allow our faith to sustain us during our afflictions!