God has allowed Satan to roam the earth and compete for the hearts and minds of the people. Ephesians 6:11–12 says that the devil is the leader of the spiritual forces of evil. Sometimes Satan is very direct, as in the biblical incidents of demon possession or the time he murdered Job’s family by causing a windstorm and caused the financial ruin of Job’s estate (Job 1). Other times, particularly when he wants us to follow him, he is more covert or deceptive, as when he lied to Adam and Eve about the consequences of eating from the one and only tree that God had clearly forbidden. Satan also is the source of temptation, which people give in to through their own lack of self-control (1 Cor. 7:5), doing what is sinful or evil (1 John 3:8). And the consequences of sin are devastating—as in the poor health or death that results from overindulgence in food. But we have the power, through devotion to our heavenly Father and His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to defeat the dark force of Satan. James 4:7 states, Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Excerpt from Rise Above by Gwen Shamblin