My big brother Howard recently passed away into the arms of Jesus. I couldn’t think of a better way to honor him than to share with you some of the revelatory lessons I learned from him. I’m thankful for his influence and presence in my life. I hope the memories I’m sharing with you this week encourage you as much as they have me. … I once asked Howard if he believed in Satan. Having come out of the occult, Howard said, “Are you kidding me? I’ve met the sorry son of a gun!” But Howard continued to teach me that the evil one is merely a creature named Satan (Job 1:12). Whereas God is the Creator. Scripture warns us that the devil roams the earth like a roaring lion, looking for weak people of faith whom he can destroy (1 Peter 5:8). But God uses everything - including the devil himself - for God’s purposes, our good, and his glory. Martin Luther, the famous theologian, used to fear Satan terribly. Until he finally realized that Satan was only a creature. Lacking any authority or power unless permitted by God. One night Luther awakened, saw a figure of Satan at the foot of his bed, and said, “Oh, it’s just you.” And then easily went back to sleep. That should be our attitude toward Satan as well. He’s only a creature. Under the thumb of the Creator. That’s a powerful message my big brother Howard helped teach me.