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Knowing Your Adversary

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When a Christian does something sinful we know this isn’t inspired of God. What happens is, the saint through temptation, stress, anger, or some weakness acts in an unbecoming fashion. His intentions are good but he fails temporarily; he has given place to the devil. We are warned against doing this, but reality tells us that it does happen.

By Crawford D. Coon

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I PETER 5:6-11

 

Lest Satan take advantage of us (II Corinthians 2:11), I want to expose him Biblically to you as your adversary. Any other thing motivating us to study about Satan would come from the wrong motivation. So many devices, objects, and writings in our day exalt the devil in the minds of men. I do not want to use your time and this space for any other reason than to expose our enemy. Much is heard about exorcism, devil worship, and Satanism that only tend to exalt the enemy of our soul. Beware of such antics and maneuvers lest Satan snare you in this; another snare of his.

 

Christians need to be aware and on guard against the invading forces of the enemy. This study is designed with this view in mind.

 

ORIGIN OF SATAN

God’s Word opens to us the origin of our adversary (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:11-19; John 8:44; Luke 10:17-20; I John 3:8). I am of the opinion that Lucifer, the son of the morning, was a beautiful angel, created of God in the beginning to love and worship Him (Colossians 1:15-18). Pride caused him to rebel against God. He then deceived other angels into following him in his rebellion, bringing about their downfall. Cast out of heaven into the earth, Satan has become the enemy of every facet of the work of God. As a fallen creature he worked through the serpent to beguile Eve in the garden of Eden (II Corinthians 11:3). Study the five “I Will’s” of Satan (Isaiah 14:12-14).

 

  1. I will ascend into heaven.
  2. I will exalt my throne above the stars of God.
  3. I will set upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the North.
  4. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds.
  5. I will be like the most high.

 

Lucifer’s pride is evident in these statements, and as a result of such pride he was cast down.

 

SATAN’S ACCESS INTO HEAVEN

Although Satan is cast out of his place and position in heaven, he still has accessibility to God’s presence (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7; Revelation 12:3-9). As a result of his access to God he takes on the role of an accuser of the brethren. During the tribulation (Revelation 12:3-9), Satan will be cast out of heaven into the earth, ending his accessibility into heaven. Satan continues his deception, turning his worst fury upon man because he knows his time is short.

 

Satan accuses us to God by insinuating our service to God has as its motivation, personal gain and well being. God may allow Satan to afflict us as He did Job, to a limited degree to prove him wrong, as well as develop us into a better Christian. One day Satan will be bruised under our feet (Romans 16:20), the accuser of the brethren cast down, and we will obtain eternal victory over our adversary.

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