As Christians, we are all aware of the fact that we share a common enemy. We know him by various names and have been informed of his desire to utterly destroy our very existence. Even with his desire to kill us being so plain, we very rarely take time to examine his weapon. And as a result, we give ol Satan to much credit. Is he real? Yes! Does he have power? Yes! Remember, without darkness there is no light. The truth is, we are our enemy’s most powerful weapon in his efforts to destroy us. Consider 1Peter 5:8 “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour”. First Peter warns us to be sober. This lets me know that the attack will more than likely be a mental one, possibly caused by a loud roar from the devil. Then he tells us to be vigilant, probably because a loud roar has never killed anyone. The third part of this scripture implies that he is seeking out people that he has permission to devour. Guess where he gets permission from! James 4:7 tells us to resist the devil and he will flee from us. Now you’re probably wondering what kind of power he has if simple resistance causes him to flee. Remember Satan’s encounter with Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11. Jesus had not yet given himself ransom for our sins; he had just been baptized of John. The devil’s mission is to kill, steal, and destroy. What better way for him to destroy all of humanity than by destroying our savior who was present in his weakest form, “sinful flesh”. If his power would have allowed, Satan would have destroyed our chance at redemption. He attempted to kill Jesus the same way he seeks to destroy us, through doubt. Doubt and faith can’t exist in the same circumstance. So be faithful and fear not. Your enemy’s power is in persuading you that he’s powerful enough to destroy you and when you believe that, you doubt God. And when you doubt God, you give Satan the permission he has to have to destroy you.