the powe to harm but not to kill
There are many stories of people throughout the Bible who were attacked by Satan, but you'll find none that mention that Satan killed anyone. If this devil of hell had that type of authority, millions upon millions more people would be dead today than there is.
Because of sin, Satan got the permission to attack and play havoc with mankind and it is evident today that he still is doing so even at a more alarming rate. But death, mankind's last enemy, cannot arrive until God allows it to. We can hasten the process by how we live, or lengthen it; but until God, who is the beginning and the end, says so, it will not be.
Now Satan can move upon people to cause accidents, or violent acts and sickness or disease but that last breath can't go until God signs off. Because of the sinfulness and rebellion of mankind God does allow us to reap the many consequences of sin, and death can be one of those.
Voodoo, for example, has no power to touch someone else with a curse unless there is a demonic presence involved. The devil and his bunch never have even come close to the power God contains.
Yet because of evil God allows its sin-ridden objective to affect lives, but there is always hope if people want to turn away from sin and repent of such wicked ways.
Without true repentance there is no forgiveness. But when one does repent, the enemy of their soul becomes powerless against the hand of God who watches over His own.
Mark Taylor is the General Manager of KNEO Radio and President of Sky High Broadcasting. You can read his weekly columns in the Big Nickel, the Newton County News, the Free Press and the Neosho Daily News, or email him at email@example.com.