2 Thessalonians 3:3 (King James Version)
The world which we live in is full of darkness and sorrow. Where did this despair come from? Most people would say that it is the devil’s fault that things are is the way they are. However, to accuse Satan for the sorry state of this world would give him too much credit.
To prove my point let us examine the first sin that committed by mankind mentioned in Genesis 3. While it is true that Satan made Adam and Eve question God and His goodness towards them, he did not tell them to disobey. It was they that made the choice to partake of the fruit that God told them not to eat.
With that in mind, I suggest that sin does not originate from Satan but is a product of man’s desire to control his own destiny. However,there are consequences for our willfulness. The moment we sin, we become overwhelmed with guilt over what we did and we wonder whether or not God will ever accept us again. This where the chief accuser Satan comes in.
The devil is quick to rub into us our shame over our sin and declares us as being not worthy of being with the Lord, let alone being forgiven by Him. Sadly, there are many, including Christians, who believe this lie and turn their back from God. These people live in utter misery, attempting to find joy in worldly things only to go deeper into despair.
This sorrow turns to jealous anger when they see others who have joy in God and they often persecute them for it. They fail to see that they too have an opportunity to enter into this same joy if they only confessed their sin and believe the Good News of the Gospel. Unfortunately, their misery and Satan’s accusing words have blinded them from seeing that they too can be redeemed in Christ.
It is because these people choose to believe in Satan’s lies that this world is full of sorrow; and as a result gives Satan control over them. However, we Christians are not immune to the accusations of the evil one. Constantly he reminds us of past failings and he will even tempt us to question our own faith.
How do we resist lies of the devil? Paul gives the answer in 2 Thessalonians 3:3. We must remember that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is faithful in all things. Even though Satan is quick to reminds us of our sinful past, Christ is even quicker to rebuke the accuser saying, “Not so fast! Those sins have been forgiven the moment I died on the cross for them.” He is therefore our shield against the flaming accusatory arrows of Satan.
Let us draw strength in our faith in Jesus, knowing that He will not allow the devil’s lies to bring us down. We must not dwell on our sinful past for that will give Satan the opening he needs to open the door of misery for us. Let us look to the future which is a new life in Christ Jesus who is faithful in all things.