Many have been perplexed because sin and it's author, Satan, still exist. Some even charge God for the responsibility for it since He permitted sin. God is good, merciful and all-powerful but He is also love. Each created being was endowed with freedom of choice. God wants people to serve Him because they choose to do so and not because they cannot do otherwise.
WHY DIDN'T GOD KILL THE DEVIL, WHEN HE FIRST SINNED AND PREVENT SIN FROM ENTERING THIS WORLD?
1 John 4:8; "God is love"
"The government of God is based on love. If God had destroyed Satan immediately, heavenly beings would have served Him through fear. free moral agents were given time to judge the nature of Satan's rebellion. Hebrews 2:14; "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;"
1 John 3:8; "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil."
1 john 3:4; "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."
Christ's life and death exposed Satan's true nature and the results of sin. Thus in the proper time. God will be able to destroy Satan and sin with the consent of the universe.
WILL THE DEVIL BE DESTROYED?
Hebrews 2:14; "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;"
"Since Christ has not yet returned, the time has not come for Satan's destruction. God is permitting Satan to run his course; Furthermore the destruction of the devil will not take place until everyone has had the opportunity to choose accept Christ and live forever. Satan's destruction will take place before the earth is recreated after the second coming of Jesus.
CAN WE BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE BATTLE AGAINST THE DEVIL, IF SO, HOW?
Ephesians 6:10,11; "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
Read Ephesians 6: 12-18; where the apostle talks of the necessity of putting the entire armor of God. It is made up of seven parts and is the assurance of victory. It consists of truth righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, the Bible and prayer.
HOW CAN WE OVERCOME THE DEVIL'S TEMPTATIONS?
James 4:7; "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." and Philippians 4:13; "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
You can live right eventhough the devil is constantly around to tempt. But how? You can be victorious by surrendering your will to Christ. Take courage Christ was tempted in all points, yet he never sinned. There is victory over the devil by following the found in Isaiah. Isaiah 45:22; "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else."
God's original purpose will one day be fulfilled. There will be a sinless world. God's hand has been placed upon the nations as the Bible says in Isaiah 14:26,27; "This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
27 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?" As the conflict between Christ and Satan continues God's purpose and plans for man is being developed. Read John 3:16,17. Put your will on God's side for victory over sin "because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4