When Adam and Eve were deceived by Satan in the Garden of Eden the world fell into futility and evil.
Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, “You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat of the herb of the field.” Genesis 3:17-18
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Romans 8:20-21
Not only did their disobedience bring corruption and sin into the world, but by listening to Satan rather than God, the enemy of our souls became the god of this world.
“And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:15
Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Luke 4:5-6
…in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,… Ephesians 2:2
We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. 1 John 5:19
Additionally, through the disobedience of Adam and Eve, the stage was set for the battle between those who belong to God through faith in Jesus Christ and those who belong to the devil through sinful rebellion and unbelief as stated above in Genesis 3:15 and in the following passage from 2 Corinthians chapter four.
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4
However, we need to keep in mind that those deceived by Satan are not the primary ones we battle, we battle the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:11-12
Then he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling. Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.” Daniel 9:12-14
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8
This unbelieving world is actually the field that we labor in, seeking to bring many to the obedience of the faith. What are the weapons of our warfare? Are they the tactics of the world around us, or are they of divine origin, powerful and successful in the battle.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints- Ephesians 6:13-18
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:6-11
Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself the enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit Who dwells in us yearns jealously”? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:4-10
Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Revelations 12:10-11
In the verses quoted above we see the manner in which we overcome the assault of Satan in his various attacks upon us. The most important truth we must keep in mind is that we overcome his evil designs against us by holding fast to God our Father, our Savior Jesus Christ, our faith in Him and our reliance upon the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, powerful indeed!
We are promised that things are not going to improve as we see the Day of Christ approaching, on the contrary things will grow worse and worse.
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such turn away! 2 Timothy 3:1-5
But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:13
Evil within the “church” and without is going to increase to a fevered pitch. We must realize that those who worship false gods, false christs and follow false teachers, are actually worshiping the devil and following the devil, so of course things will grow more and more wicked.
“They shall no more offer their sacrifices to demons, after whom they have played the harlot…Leviticus 17:7
They sacrificed to demons, not to God, To gods they did not know, To new gods, new arrivals That your fathers did not fear. Deuteronomy 32:17
Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 1 Corinthians 10:20
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,…1 Timothy 4:1
As those who have placed our faith in Jesus Christ, God the Son of God, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1), and let us continue in the things we have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom we have learned them, and know the Holy Scriptures which are able to make us wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:14-15).
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, 1 Timothy 1:18-19
As we rely upon Jesus Christ through the indwelling Spirit, hold fast to the truth of the Scriptures, and share the gospel of our beloved Savior with the lost, we will be able to further the work of God until Christ returns and sets His kingdom up on this earth. Even so come Lord Jesus Christ!