“Are you for real?” is a phrase that I love. I quote it often when someone says something that I just can’t believe or something I feel may be fabricated.
With that being said, let us see exactly what the definition of real is. Real is something that actually exists or is occurring. It is a fact and not fiction.
Let me tell you something that is FOR REAL! Satan is for real. He is the evil force of darkness in the world. He is lurking around, waiting on a chance to sneak up on you. He is listening intently to every word you say, and then he will use your words to get to you. He is not fiction; he is fact. He attacks us when we are empty or when we are full. He loves it when we fall into his trap.
Satan really loves it when we are where God wants us to be. It is then, when we are in the fullness of God, that he really attacks.
You may be asking: Why does Satan really exist?
In the very beginning of the Bible, we read the story of Adam and Eve. Put yourself in their shoes. Here they are roaming around this beautiful garden. In this garden they have everything they need. They are FULL.
Along comes that crafty snake (Satan). He begins to do what he does best. He works on the brain and thoughts.
The snake begins to put doubt in Eve’s mind. Eve says to herself, “Did God really tell me not to eat from that tree?” (Genesis 3)
Satan works on her to the point she falls pray to him and to temptation. Eve committed sin, the reason why our world is corrupt. The reason why evil exists. The reason why we know Satan is FOR REAL. From then on Satan was on a “hay day,” working on others and tempting them. Some bite; some don’t.
How do we not bite and fall into temptation? It is difficult, very difficult. But the Lord gives us strength to withstand temptation.
Remember this that John Bevere writes in THE BAIT OF SATAN.
If the gardener listened to the tree, he would actually harm it. Trees endure the hot sun and rain storms by sending their roots down deeper. The adversity they face is eventually the source of great stability. The harshness of the elements surrounding them causes them to seek another source of life. They will one day come to the place that even the greatest of windstorms cannot affect their ability to produce fruit.
With God, we become like the tree. With Him, we can withstand the storms and the harsh sun. We can bend but not break. To endure life, we must dig our roots deep into God’s word and let Him shelter us with His leaves.
In the song Your Words by Third Day, they sing these melodious words:
Let me hear Your words
Above all other voices
Above all the distractions in this world
For Your words bring life
And your voice speaks promises
Lord, Your love offers more
Than anything else in this world
Your words give us life that’s never ending
Your words bring us love that never fails
Everything else will fade away
But what will remain
Are your words
Let us speak Your words
More than ours, more than ever
Let us share Your love with all the world
The grass will wither and the flowers will fall
But the word of our God will last forever
This song gives us the reasons why we should go to God’s words. His words never fail. His words give us love. His words are steadfast. His words are the truth. His words give us life. His words give us truth. His words give us strength.
His words are FOR REAL. God is FOR REAL. Watch out; stand guard. Don’t allow Satan to be real; get mixed up with the REAL GOD.
Ephesians 1:13-14 (NLV)
13 The truth is the Good News. When you heard the truth, you put your trust in Christ. Then God marked you by giving you His Holy Spirit as a promise. 14 The Holy Spirit was given to us as a promise that we will receive everything God has for us. God’s Spirit will be with us until God finishes His work of making us complete. God does this to show His shining-greatness.