Who He is.
(Gn 3:1) Disguised as a crafty serpent, Satan came to tempt Eve. Satan at one time was an angel who rebelled against God and was thrown out of heaven. As a created b eing, Satan has definite limitations. Although he is trying to tempt everyone away from God, he will not be the final victor. In 3:14, 15, God promises that Satan will be crushed by one of the woman’s offspring, the Messiah.
(Jb 1:6-7) Satan, originally an angel of God, became corrupt through his own pride. He has been evil since his rebellion against God (1 John 3:8). Satan considers God as his enemy. He tries to hinder God’s work in people, but he is limited by God’s power and can do only what he is permitted (Luke 22;31, 32; 1 Timothy 1:19, 20, 2 Timothy 2:23-26). Satan is called the enemy because he actively looks for people to attack with temptation (1 Peter 5:8, 9) and because he wants to make people hate God. He does this through lies and deception (Genesis 3:1-6). Job a blameless and upright man who had been greatly blessed, was a perfect target for Satan. Any person who is committed to God should expect Satan’s attacks. Satan, who hates God, also hates God’s people..
(Mt 4:1) The devil also called Satan , tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, and here he tempted Jesus in the dessert. Satan is a fallen angel. He is real, not symbolic, and is constantly fighting against those who follow and obey God. Satan’s temptations are real, and he is always trying to get us to live his way or our way rather than God’s way. Jesus will one day reign over all creation, but Satan tried to force his hand and get him to declare his kingship prematurely. If Jesus had given in his mission on earth – to die for our sins and give us the opportunity to have eternal life – would have been lost. When temptations seem especially strong or when you think you can rationalize giving in, consider whether Satan may be trying to block God’s purposes for your life or for someone else’s life.
(Mk 1:12-13) To be tempted is not a sin. Tempting others or giving in to temptation is sin.
(Jn 12:31) The prince of this world is Satan. Satan has great power, but people can be delivered from his reign of spiritual darkness because of Christ’s victory on the cross. Satan is powerful, but Jesus is much more powerful. Jesus’ resurrection shattered Satan’s deadly power (Colossians 1:13, 14). To overcome Satan we need faithful allegiance to God’s Word, determination to stay away from sin, and the support of other believers.
(Rv 12:9) The name Satan means “accuser” (12:10). Satan likes to pursue believers who are vulnerable in their faith, who are spiritually week or who are isolated from other believers.
One day Satan will be bound forever never again to do his evil work (see 20:10).
Limited by God
(Gn 3:1) As a created being, Satan has definite limitations. Although he is trying to tempt everyone away from God, he will not be the final victor. In 3:14, 15, God promises that Satan will be crushed by one of the woman’s offspring, the Messiah.
Why He tempts us.
(Gn 3:1-6) Why does Satan tempt us? Temptation is Satan’s invitation to give in to his kind of life and give up on God’s kind of life. Satan tempted Eve and succeeded in getting her to sin. Ever since then, he’s been busy getting people to sin. He even tempted Jesus (Matthew 4:11). But Jesus did not sin.
How could Eve have resisted temptation? By following the same guidelines we can follow. First, we must realize that being tempted is not a sin. We have not sinned until we give in to the temptation. Then to resist temptation, we must (1) pray for strength to resist. (2) run, sometimes literly, and (3) say no when confronted with what we know is wrong. James 1:12 tells of the blessings and rewards for those who don’t give in when tempted.
Can imitate parts of God’s works to deceive
(Ex 7:12) God performed a miracle by turning Aaron’s staff into a snake, and Pharaoh’s magicians did the same thing through trickery or sorcery. Although miracles can help us believe, it is dangerous to rely on them alone. Satan can imitate some parts of God’s work and lead people astray. Pharaoh focused on the miracle rather than the message. We can avoid this error by letting the Word of God be the basis of our faith. No miracle from God would endorse any message that is contrary to the teachings of his Word.
Can he force people to do wrong?
(1 Chr 21:1) The Bible text says Satan excited David to take a census. Can Satan force people to do wrong? No! Satan only tempted David with the idea, but David decided to act on the temptation. Ever since the Garden of Eden, Satan has been tempting people to sin. David’s census was not against God’s law, but his reason for the census was wrong – pride in his mighty army while forgetting that his real strength came from God. Even Joab, not known for his high Moral ideals, recognized the census as sin. From David’s example we learn that an action that may not be wrong in itself can be sinful if is motivated by greed, arrogance, or selfishness. Often our motives, not the action itself contain the sin. We must constantly weigh our motives before we act.
God is aware of all Satan does.
(Jb 1:12) The conversation between God and Satan teaches us an important fact about God – He is fully aware of every attempt by Satan to bring suffering and difficulty upon us. While God may allow us to suffer for a reason beyond our understanding, he is never caught by surprise by our troubles and is always compassionate.
Can he persuade God to change His plans.
(Jb 2:3-6) Can Satan persuade God to change his plans? At first God said He did not want Job harmed physically, but then He decided to allow it. Satan is unable to persuade God to go against His character. God is completely and eternally good. But God was willing to go along with Satan’s plan because God knew the eventual outcome of job’s story. God cannot be fooled by Satan. Job’s suffering was a test for Job, Satan, and us – not God.
Aided by demons.
(Mt 8:28) Demon-possessed people are under the control of one or more demons. Demons are fallen angels who joined Satan in his rebellion against God and are now evil spirits under Satan’s control. They help Satan tempt people to sin and have great destructive powers. But whenever they are confronted by Jesus, they lose their power. These demons recognized Jesus as God’s Son (8:29), but they didn’t think they had to obey Him. Just believing is not enough (see James 2:19). Faith is more than belief. By faith, you accept what Jesus has done for you, receive Him as the only one who can save you from sin, and live out your faith by obeying His Commandments.
God’s control over Satan.
(Mk 3;27) Although God permits Satan to work in our world. God is still in control. Jesus, because he is God, has power over Satan. Jesus is able to drive out demons and end their terrible work in people’s lives. One day Satan will be bound forever (Revelations 20:10).
Our ongoing battle with Satan.
(Mk 9:18) Why couldn’t the disciples drive out the evil spirit? In 6:13 we read that they drove out demons while on their mission to the villages. Perhaps they had special authority only for that trip, or perhaps their faith was faltering. Mark tells this story to show that the battle with Satan is a difficult, ongoing struggle. Victory over sin and temptation comes through faith in Jesus Christ, not through our own efforts.
Obeying God neutralizes Satan.
(Jn 14;30-31) Although Satan, the prince of this world, was unable to overpower Jesus (Matthew 4), he still has the arrogance to try, Satan’s power exists only because God allows him to act. If we obey Jesus and align ourselves closely with God’s purposes. Satan can have no power over us.
How to withstand his attacks.
(Eph 6:10-17) In the Christian life we battle against rulers and authorities (the powerful evil forces of fallen ages headed by Satan, who is a vicious fighter, see 1 Peter 5:6). To withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. Paul is not only giving this counsel to the church, the body of Christ, but to all individuals within the church. The whole body needs to be armed. As you battle against “the powers of this dark world,” fight in the strength of the church, whose power comes from the Holy Spirit.
(2 Thes 3:1-3) beneath the surface of the routine of daily life, a fierce struggle among invisible spiritual powers is being waged. Our main defense is prayer that God will protect us from the evil one and that He will strengthen us. The following guidelines can help you prepare for and survive satanic attacks: (1)take the threat of spiritual attack seriously; (2) pray for strength and help from God; (3) study the Bible to recognize Satan’s style and tactics; (4) memorize Scripture so it will be a source of help no matter where you are; (5) associate with those who speak the truth. And (6) practice what you are taught by spiritual leaders.
His work has become more intense.
(Rv 12;12) the devil begins to step up his persecution because he knows that, “his time is short.” We are living in the last days and Satan’s work has become more intense. Even though the devil is very powerful, as we can see by the condition of our world, he is always under God’s control. One of the reasons God allows Satan to work evil and bring temptation is so that those who pretend to be Christ’s followers will be weeded out from Christ’s true believers. Knowing that the last great confrontation with Jesus is near. Satan is desperately trying to recruit as great an enemy force as possible for this final battle.
Spending Time alone with God is essential for your well-being. It is not a luxury or an option; it is a necessity. Therefore, do not feel guilty about taking time to be with Him. Remember that Satan is the accuser of believers. He delights in heaping guilt feelings upon you, especially when you are enjoying His Presence. When you feel Satan’s arrows of accusation, you are probably on the right track. Use your shield of faith to protect yourself from him. Talk with Him about what you are experiencing and ask Him to show you the way. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to Me, and I will come near to you.
Now, with all the effort God has put into you, giving you benefits, sharing love with you, He is expecting something in return. He expects your shared love, but He also expects “Thanksgiving” from you.
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