Prophecy – Part 91 – Satan – ARMOR of God – Exposing Satan
Knowing and Defeating the Enemy, Our Preparation Before the Enemy Attacks
We have an important lesson about warfare given to us in Luke 14:31 that we must learn. In Luke 14:31 there was a king that was concerned about an enemy that was about to attack and make war against him. Here is the lesson to be learned.
- First, the king consulted if he was able to meet and defeat the king coming against him. When a Christian is concerned about the warfare with Satan he must first consult God’s Word.
- Second, he had to make a decision about making peace and the conditions of doing so. After consulting God through His Word, in prayer, and the leadership of the Holy Spirit, the Christian must accept and act on the fact that there can NEVER be any peace with Satan and his demons.
- The third thing is that he must realize and accept that his God is greater than any force that Satan may bring against them. Romans 8:31 – If God be for us who can be against us? Romans 8:35 – Who shall separate us from the love of Christ, etc.
- FACT: No one or anything can separate us from our God. Why? Because we are safe in the hands of Christ and God the Father. John 10:29 – No one or anything can defeat our God. As His children, we are safe from Satan’s attack as we walk daily with our God.
While it is important, even urgent, for us to learn what God has revealed about His archenemy, Satan, we must be careful not to give the adversary honors that belong only to God. Moreover, we must take care not to allow an unhealthy curiosity about the Devil and his works. Also, we must not involve ourselves with literature and practices that might open our hearts to satanic deceptions and dangerous influences.
NOTE: God has revealed in His Word all that we need to know about the Devil. It is safe and wise to be content with this information. On the other hand, it is very important for us to learn all the information that God has given us about this enemy. For instance, a consideration of HIS NAMES can help. The Bible gives us various names which, when understood, can help us defend ourselves against his attacks.
HIS NAMES: In his fallen state, the archenemy of God has several titles:
- “Satan,” meaning “adversary,” is generally used as his personal name (Job 1:10-12; Revelation 12:9).
- His most common title is “the Devil,” meaning “the Slander” (Matthew 4:1; Revelation 12:9).
- Other titles are “dragon” (Revelation 12:9; 20:2).
- The “original snake” (Revelation 12:9, KJV “Old serpent”; Genesis 3:14).
- The “tempter” (Matthew 4:3).
- The “prince of this world” (John 12:31).
- The “father of lies” (John 8:44).
- The “prince of devils” (Matthew 12:24).
- The “god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4, KJV “world”).
- The Pharisees called Satan “Beelzebub” meaning “lord of flies.” Which represents that which is vile and loathsome (Matthew 12:24-26).
Now that you have reviewed several names found in the Bible for your benefit, what are you conclusions about your archenemy?
Also, now that we have a lot of Biblical information about our archenemy, let’s further prepare ourselves for the battle which we face by considering the nature of our enemy.
Although many people deny his personhood and regard him as only an evil force, the Scriptures reveal what Satan is. As a study of the nature of angels reveals, we see that Satan is a person with an angelic nature.
The Bible indicates that Satan is a person; Satan’s personhood is indicated by:
- his self-awareness (Matthew 4:9).
- his self-expression (Isaiah 14:13-14).
- his moral awareness (Matthew 4:1).
- his perpetuity (Revelation 20:10).
- his craftiness (Ephesians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 2:11).
- his emotions (Revelation 12:12).
Now combine the information concerning his names and the fact that he is a person. What conclusions can you now draw about your archenemy?
SATAN IS AN ANGEL:
There can be no doubt about his angelic creation, since this was declared by Eternal God in His Word; he was created to be “the anointed cherub” (Ezekiel 28:13-14).
FACT: Satan still has an angelic nature. However, Satan has super-human qualities and powers. However, like all fallen angels, his sinning brought him to spiritual ruin, bondage, and spiritual death.
This means that his angelic nature lost its pristine beauty and wisdom and was inclined toward sin, that he became wholly energized and dominated by the sin force, and that he no longer has a personal relationship with God. He, like all created beings, is finite and is subject to God’s supreme authority (Job 1:12; Revelation 12:9-12). Next let’s learn more about our archenemy by considering his character:
Having a totally depraved angelic nature and being wholly governed by the sin force, Satan is:
- wicked – I John 2:13-14.
- murderous – John 8:44.
- deceptive – Revelation 12:9; John 8:44.
- proud – I Timothy 3:6.
- powerful – Job 1:12-19; Job 2:7; 2 Thess. 2:9.
- insolent – Matthew 4:9.
- cunning – 2 Corinthians 2:11; Ephesians 6:11.
- persevering – Luke 4:13.
- insane – Isaiah 14:12-14, Why? He is obsessed with the absurd idea that he can defeat and unseat God.
- for deceptive purposes, a liar – John 8:44.
- able to transform himself into an angel of light when this is to his advantage – 2 Corinthians 11:14.
In addition to ruling the world of the unsaved earth dwellers (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11) and opposing God and His people (I Peter 5:8), the primary activity of Satan seems to be to thwart God’s judicial sentence against him. His utter defeat will be by the woman’s seed, or Jesus the Conqueror-Savior (Genesis 3:15, KJV; “bruise” means “crush”). We can trace Satan’s efforts against God’s sentence throughout human history.
After receiving God’s sentence, Satan became obsessed with attempting to stop and destroy God and anything He has attempted to do.
- Satan tried to stop the incarnation of God the Son, as foretold by the O.T. prophetic Scriptures.
- He attempted to destroy the human line of descent into which his Conqueror would be born.
- The Devil led Cain to slay Abel (Genesis 4:8).
- But God defeated Satan by having Eve give birth to Seth (v. 25).
- The Devil brought destruction to the human race by unprecedented corruption (Genesis 6:1-13).
- God defeated Satan by preserving Noah and his family (Genesis 6:8-8:19).
- Satan influenced the post-flood world to turn to idolatry (Romans 1:21-25).
But God defeated Satan’s activities with the post-flood world, at the tower of Babel, by confusing their ability to communicate with each other (Genesis 11:1-9).
8. God further defeated Satan’s attempt to lead the world into idolatry by appearing unto Abraham in Ur; he saved him, led him to sojourn in Canaan (Acts 7:2-4, Genesis 12:1-4 and promised that Abraham would be the father of the messianic line into which Jesus would be born (Genesis 15:5-6l; Galatians 3:16). The adversary had the Israelites enslaved in Egypt and their male infants slain (Exodus 1:7-22).
9. God defeated Satan by raising up Moses to deliver the Israelites from their house of slavery (Exodus 3:9-11).
10. Satan successfully led Israel into idolatry and other gross sins, which finally brought Judah and David’s house into Babylonian captivity (2 Kings chapters 24-25; Isaiah 1:1-11).
11. God used the Persian conqueror of Babylon, Cyrus to allow Jews to return to Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 36:22-23).
12. Although Satan had induced Judah’s King Jehoiakim to burn God’s Word, and by this to incur the divine judgment that blocked any of his posterity from ruling on David’s throne (Jeremiah 36:30; also 22:30), God circumvented this curse by Jesus’ virgin conception and Mary’s marriage to Joseph, heir to David’s throne (Matthew 1:20, 16).
13. Later the Devil unsuccessfully plotted against Jesus’ life (Matthew 2:1-16) and sought to divert Him from the work that He came to earth to do (Matthew 4:1-10; Luke 4:28-29).
TODAY: Today Satan is doing all he can, within the limits of God’s permissive decreed, to oppose saved people and to hinder the Lord’s work of building the church (Ephesians 6:10-12). But the Lord is faithful in protecting His people from the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:3; I Corinthians 10:13).
The Devil has also persecuted Jews throughout the present age. During Satan’s control of Germany and through Hitler’s control of Germany, Satan brought about the death of 6 million Jews. Also Satan opposed the formation of the state of Israel and attempted to overrun Israel by Muslim foes.
There is much more to be said, but time is short. Combine all the characteristics of Satan that we have looked at thus far; what do you think about your arch-enemy, Satan?
To be victorious, we must do certain things to prepare ourselves before the enemy launches his attack against us.
- We must learn about the Devil from God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We must not be ignorant of his devices or designs (2 Corinthians 2:11). The enemy will take advantage of our spiritual immaturity and ignorance (Ephesians 4:11-15). The Bible gives us all the information that God would have us to know about this adversary.
“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11; Ephesians 4:11-12).
- a. We must constantly strengthen ourselves in the Lord.
“Finally, my brethren, be STRONG in the Lord, and in the POWER of his might” (Ephesians 6:10).
b. We must meet the enemy in the Lord’s strength only as we daily read the Bible.
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11).
“The entrance of thy words giveth light; It giveth understanding unto the simple” (Psalm 119:130).
“For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:” (Colossians 3:6).
“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings. As new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” (I Peter 2:1-2).
c. We must obey God without question.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your MIND, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).
“But without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please him: for he that cometh to God MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
If you consider the information we have just gone through, you will see that the enemy seeks to disrupt our DAILY fellowship with the Lord. If we want to be obedient and have deep fellowship with our God we cannot allow that to happen.
To be successful and victorious we must daily put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:11-18). God has provided the armor so that we can defeat our enemy – Satan!
No doubt you would consider it foolish to not take the armor that God has provided for our protection.
QUICK REVIEW OF THE ARMOR OF GOD:
- The belt of truth (Ephesians 6:14; John 14:6).
- The coat of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14; Philippians 1:11).
- The sandals of preparation (Ephesians 6:15; 2 Corinthians 5:20).
- The shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16; Galatians 2:20).
- The helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 13:6.
- The sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 13:6).
Surely you have heard and seen from Scripture contained in this study that salvation cannot be earned.
In most areas of life, we work hard to earn respect and the right to be trusted and promoted. But God’s perfect gift of salvation is different. It comes not by merit, but by God’s grace and mercy; not by trying, but by trusting; and not by working, but by resting. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “By grace you been saved through FAITH, and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). In another of his New Testament letters, Paul added, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us” (Titus 3:5).
Why not review John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13 and accept God’s free gift of salvation. You will never regret having trusted the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, if you are serious. May God bless you, richly!
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