On the other hand, while Satan exploits our fallen world, we also have a choice. I am not dismissing the fact the choices we make for God are complicated by our natural instincts, but ultimately we are responsible for our lives.
Even as I write these words, I recognize they do not represent a complete picture of the struggle. Yes, we are all responsible human beings, but some of us have been impacted drastically by the irresponsibility of others. For example, I know children who aren’t sure which family member or friend they will be staying with when they come home from school. Some end up in foster care after they are abused, abandoned or endangered in some way. It is easy to say we can choose to make good decisions that contribute to stable homes, but if we haven’t seen a model of how this works the path can be very difficult.
Still, Satan is lurking behind every crisis we face in our families. He knows our weaknesses, but we are not defenseless. We can outwit him with wise choices and grow in our ability to wage spiritual warfare, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,but against the rulers, against the authorities,against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God,so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:12-13)