“I know where you live – where Satan has his throne.” – NIV
Jesus’ words to the church in this passage may have been referencing a particular city as Satan’s central power base, but even still, we know that the words also apply to us. It is true that Satan is not omnipresent like God, so we don’t know exactly where he is at the moment. What we do know, however, is that we live right where he has his throne.
Satan runs rampant on this planet and if you have been a child of God for long you know: Evil is not a force to explain; it is far more personal than that. Let the philosophers and theologians wrestle with the problem of evil while we shall wrestle directly with the evil one.
How are we to overcome? Simple: Never depersonalize the evil around us. We must always recognize that there is a relentless and malicious intelligence behind all the pain that we see. As I have said before, some of Satan’s minions know each of us by name and we must attack them directly if we are to survive.
Let us overcome the evil one with the Good One.