The Enemy Is Powerful and Unrelenting. Consider Satan’s power. The powers which are opposed to us, and against us, and making war on us are the very highest order of evil angels, those who rule over the idolatrous and sinful men in this world of darkness. They are a wicked spiritual host that inhabits the heavenlies, that is, the regions of the air, from which they continually assault us and seek to get us to commit sin. This battle is unseen but real. (Rev. 12:7-12; II Cor. 10:3-5) Acts 26:17, 18 tells us that Satan does possess power. It is the power of darkness (Col. 1:13). It is a supernatural power (II Thess. 2:8-10), and it is a destructive power (Heb. 2:14; Rom. 6:23; I Pet. 5:8,9). He is the god of this world (II Cor. 4:4). For he controls the world system and uses it for his purposes. He is the evil spirit working in disobedient men (Eph. 2:2). If we do not guard our hearts, Satan has the ability to fill them with evil thoughts (Acts 5:3). Satan can blind our eyes and lead us astray, just as he blinds the unsaved and keeps them captive. (II Corinthians 4:4; 11:3; II Tim. 2:26). The Bible warns us that through some “snare,” Satan can take us captive to do “his will” (II Timothy 2:26). We Face Satan’s Many Abilities. He is a wily enemy and we need to understand this enemy. Never underestimate the power of the devil. He is not compared to a lion and a dragon just for fun (Rev. 12:7-11). The Book of Job tells us what his power can do to a man’s body, home, wealth, and friends, except for limitations given by God. Jesus calls Satan a thief who comes to “steal, and to kill and to destroy.”(John 10:10a) Satan is subtle, wise, and cunning. Do we know his devices? (II Cor. 2:11) Do we understand that often he comes as an angel of light and is a chief liar? (John 8:44) Satan wants to use our external enemy, (the world), and our internal enemy (the flesh), to defeat us. His weapons and battle plans are formidable. It’s obvious why carnal weapons are useless in this warfare. Who our enemies are and where they are is given as the reason for needing God’s armor. We are not contending with mortal men, but against superhuman authorities who rule the sphere of the world’s moral darkness. The forces of evil have access to where we are. 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 King James Version (KJV) 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. When we consider the great power which Satan, who rules in the hearts of the children of disobedience, has upon the minds of many. And as there are temptations to evil conduct, so there is equal danger on the other side. It serves Satan's purposes as well, to set up good works against the atonement of Christ, and salvation by faith and grace. But the end will discover those who are deceitful workers; their work will end in ruin. Satan will allow his ministers to preach either the law or the gospel separately; but the law as established by faith in Christ's righteousness and atonement, and the partaking of his Spirit, is the test of every false system.