Is Satan to Blame for the Problems in the World?

Episode 469 Show Notes 

From the Show

There are two ditches that we can wreck in when it comes to talking about Satan and spiritual warfare. The first ditch is to minimize the whole thing, to take an overly rationalistic approach, and say, “That’s just a bunch of nonsense. Satan isn’t really he is just the personification of evil or something like that.” The other issue is to focus on the evil one and spiritual warfare so much that we have an unhealthy infatuation with it, that we take our eyes off Jesus.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. Do we need to speak in tongues under the Holy Spirit in order to be received by the Father in heaven? 

2. In Ezekiel 40, God shows Ezekiel a vision of a temple. What temple is this, since the measurements do not fit the temples built under Ezra and Nehemiah,or by Herod? Now that there is no need for sacrifice because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and there will not be a temple in heaven, what is the purpose of this vision? Where does this fit into prophetic history from Ezekiel's standpoint?  

3. A good friend of mine often says that Satan is the source of the problems we face in life. For example, her sister who is not a believer is going through a divorce, and she often says Satan is to blame and he wants to destroy marriages. Another scenario would be when she feels depressed. She will say that it’s the Enemy. I would like to better understand what the Bible says about Satan's role in our sufferings. I do believe that Satan and the spiritual forces of evil are at work in the world, but if Satan can’t be everywhere at once, how can we blame him for all our problems? What is the meaning of Ephesians 6:10–20 and how can we apply that to our lives as Christians? 

4. I'm concerned that I had a dream last night and the Lord gave me a message. His message was, “Your faith is as sand.” Should I be worried that the Lord is trying to tell me that I am a weak Christian or that he is not happy with how I am living my life? I try to be a good Christian and live a clean life, but maybe there is something more I need to do. 

Resources

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