Lucifer’s pride lifted him up because of his personal attractiveness. His narcissism is best depicted by his boasting that he will ascend into heaven, exalt his throne above the stars, sit upon the mountain of the congregation, ascend above the heights of the clouds, and be like God Himself (Ez. 28:13-17).

Facts about Satan:

~ He is a dangerous foe of all Believers (Lk. 8:33).
~ He tempts God’s people (Jn. 13:2).
~ He is cunning and deceptive (II Cor. 2:11; Rev. 20:8; I Cor. 7:3-5 & Eph. 6:11).
~ He takes pleasure in deceiving people (I Tim 3:6 & II Tim. 2:26).
~ He is always depicted as being totally untrustworthy.
~ He accuses Believers before God (Job 1 & Rev. 12:10).
~ He hinders God’s servants (I Th. 2:18).
~ He was cast out of heaven. Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall as lightning” (Luke 10:18).
~ He is responsible the fall of one third of the angels.
~ He controls legions of demons that can possess an unsaved person (Mk. 5:15).
~ He is the host of angelic armies.
~ He has his kingdom.
~ He has worshippers.
~ He can perform miracles (II Th. 2:9).
~ He opposes God and actively seeks to disrupt His plans.
~ He attempts to alienate people from God. 
~ His primary name, “Satan” means “adversary.”
~ His many titles serve to describe his horrific character: the accuser of the brethren, the dragon, the enemy, Beelzebub, the serpent, the tempter, the wicked one, the slanderer, and the false accuser.
~ He targets all human beings (Mk. 4:15, Jn. 8:44, Acts 13:10, & Col. 1:13).
~ He can cause physical illness (II Cor. 12:7).
~ He is closely affiliated with demons (Mt. 12:24 & Rev. 12:7).
~ He is highly intelligent (Gen 3).
~ He works most effectively through human temptations and weaknesses (I Th. 3:5 & I Cor. 7:5).
~ He desires to control people (Lk. 22).
~ He is the father of all liars (Jn. 8:32 & 44).
~ His favorite lie is that good can be obtained by doing evil (Gen. 3:4).
~ He possesses a memory (Job 1-2).
~ He has knowledge of the Word of God (Mt. 4:1-11).
~ He has a will of his own (II Tim. 2:26).
~ He is proud (I Tim. 3:6).
~ He sows weeds among the wheat (Mt. 13:24).
~ He twists and perverts God’s Word (Mt. 4).
~ He promotes false theology, known as “doctrines of demons” (I Tim 4).
~ He is seductive.
~ He blinds people to the truth (II Cor. 4:4).
~ He steals the Word of God from people’s hearts (Mt. 13:19).
~ He lays traps and snares for men (I Tim. 3:7).
~ He can physically afflict (Lk. 13:16).
~ He can oppress (Acts 10:38 & Rev. 20:8).
~ He wants the entire world be under his control (I Jn. 5:19).
~ He prompts individuals to disobey God (I Chron. 21).
~ He encourages people to betray Jesus (Jn. 13 & Mt. 16).
~ He urges individuals to lie to the Holy Spirit (Acts 5)
~ He introduces delusions into the hearts of people (II Th. 2:8). 
~ He disguises himself as an angel of light (II Cor. 11:14).
~ He verifies his hostility toward God is perpetual and consistent by his eschatological activities (Rev. 12:13).
~ He will control the Antichrist (Rev. 13:2 & II Th. 2:9).
~ His power is very limited (Job 1).
~ He is full of wrath because he knows his day of defeat is inevitable (Rev 12:12).
~ He is subject to God’s restrictions (Job 1; Lk. 4:6 & II Th. 2:7).
~ He possesses organizational skills and attempts to lead a rebellion against God (Rev.12:4).
~ His doom is certain (Rev. 20:10 & Rom. 16:20).
~ He is cast into the pit and into the lake of fire in the end times (Rev. 20).
~ He is defeated by the blood Jesus shed on the cross of Calvary (Heb. 2:14; I Pet 3:18-22 & Rev 12:11).

Every nation on earth has some concept of demons, devils, or invisible evil powers. Demonic deception is best epitomized in the conversation between Job and Satan (Job 1-2), the temptations of Christ (Mt. 4), and Satan’s demise (Rev. 20). It is inherent in humans being to understand there are forces that work against us. However, we are not destined to be “ignorant of his methods” (II Cor. 2:11). John the Beloved assures us that “greater is He (the Holy Spirit) than he (Satan) that is in the world” (I Jn. 4:4).

If Satan can trick people into believing he does not exist, he can go about his work unhindered and unrebuked. Part of Satan’s plan is to get people to think he is not real. But Satan is named in seven Old Testament books and in 19 of the New Testament books. Jesus mentions him 15 times. In every instance, he is referred to as a being that actually exists.

Fighting Satan demands total spiritual warfare. To do so, we need:

~ to know how Satan works and be aware of his methods (II Cor. 2).

~ to steadfastly resist him in every possible way (Jas. 4:7).

~ to be on guard against his attacks, for our “adversary, the devil, roams the earth, seeking whom he may devour” (I Pet. 5:8).

~ to wear the armor of God to ward off his attacks (Eph. 6:10).

~ to believe that Jesus went to the cross “to destroy works of the devil” (I Jn. 3:8).

~ to understand that Jesus has already totally defeated him (Rom. 16:20).


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