Summary: If you have never met the Devil, it is because you and the Devil are going in the same direction. You remember the Devil in the case of Job? He had been walking up and down, seeking whom he might devour (1 Peter 5:8). He is always on the job.
I. There is a Devil.
B. Jesus said that there is a Devil.
1. He saw him in the temptations.
C. He is called by several names — Beelzebub, prince of the world, Satan, Dragon, and others.
D. Other passages. Peter told Ananias that Satan had filled his heart (Acts 5:3 (quickview) ). Paul spoke of the power of Satan in his sermon to Agrippa (26:18). He further told the Corinthians to deliver the immoral member to Satan for the destruction of the flesh (1 Cor. 5:5). And again he warns in 2 Corinthians 2:11 (quickview)  against letting Satan get the advantage. First John 3:8 (quickview)  states that “he who does what is sinful is of the devil” (NIV).
E. How does the Devil look? Satan wishes that we would picture him as the comical character dressed in red with pointed ears, a tail, and a pitchfork, but the Bible does not describe him like that. Instead, he can make himself like a man or any other being.
If you have never met the Devil, it is because you and the Devil are going in the same direction. You remember the Devil in the case of Job? He had been walking up and down, seeking whom he might devour (1 Peter 5:8 (quickview) ). He is always on the job.
F. Back to the text. You may ask, “Why didn’t the Devil go after Judas Iscariot instead of Peter?” He already had Judas, and now he wanted Peter, because he knew that Peter would be the future leader of the disciples.
II. What does the Devil want with me?
He wants to “sift you as wheat.” He wants to expose everything that could bring shame and accuse you before God.
A. He wants to paralyze your life. Satan is the author of confusion and fear, and he will try to use both to keep you from living a victorious life.
B. He wants us to be lukewarm concerning certain subjects — divorce, desecration of the Lord’s Day, drinking, gambling, fornication, homosexuality, etc.
C. He tries to disrupt our convictions. The Devil wants to still your tongue in religious matters yet loosen it in other things.
D. He gets angry when you are true to Christ. The Devil cannot throw your soul into hell unless you allow him to, but he can cause you trouble here if you do not combat him with the Word of God, our mighty sword.
E. He wants you to stir up trouble with your pastor, in your church, and in your home. Satan does not concern himself with the carousing party crowd, because he has them. He wants to trouble God’s people.
F. The Devil wants you to have a feeling of self-sufficiency. This is where Peter was. He said, “Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death” (Luke 22:33 (quickview) ). Peter was sleeping while his Master was praying, and he was not prepared for what was coming.
He was resisting while his Master was submitting. He followed afar off and sat down among his Lord’s enemies and denied his Lord and faith.