This world often presents a rather cutesy view of evil by comically picturing Satan in a red costume with a pitchfork. Such a caricature only downplays his power and influence as it takes a flippant, casual view of darkness.
Conversely, we can often go to the other extreme and exaggerate the power of Satan by shifting all the blame and responsibility to him. After all, “the devil made me do it.” We maximize His presence by believing he is universally tempting everyone.
Avoiding extremes is helpful. The accurate portrait the Bible paints of Satan presents him as a mighty, yet defeated foe of Christians. Since He is created, he can only be at one place at one time. And because he is not God, he cannot know your thoughts (although he is quite aware of your patterns).
Instead of fixating on Satan and focusing too much on him, why not turn your attention to the One who really matters, to the One who offers forgiveness, to the One who brings purpose to life, and to the One who heals the brokenhearted? Indeed:
“Seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2)
Where is your attention today? What occupies your focus?