The Bible frequently refers to a character called Satan or “The Devil.” Many think that references to this demonic being are allegorical techniques to personify impersonal concepts of evil in scripture. But the Bible makes it clear that Satan is indeed a real character. Evil is simply too evil and creative to be an impersonal force.
Because people are created in the image of God, the devil hates humanity. He uses lies, discouragement, isolation, and pride to trip us up in our walk with the Lord. But in the Bible we read of powerful weapons we can use to defeat Satan. For example in our daily scripture passage below, Jesus used scripture to prevail over the devil as He was tempted in the wilderness. So, as you read, determine that you will follow the Lord’s example of how He defeated Satan, knowing that, “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4).
(Matthew 4:1-11) 1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”
5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” 7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”
8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” 11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.