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Satan


 

Where did sin begin? With the devil. It's in the Bible, I John 3:8, NIV. "He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work."

How long has the devil been a murderer and a liar? It's in the Bible, John 8:44, NIV. "You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies."

Where did Satan come from? Heaven. It's in the Bible, Revelation 12:7-9, NKJV. "And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for themin heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."

Was Satan created sinful? No, he was created perfect, with freedom to choose. It's in the Bible, Ezekiel 28:15, NIV. "You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you."

What led to Satan's downfall? It's in the Bible, Ezekiel 28:17, TLB. "Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor."

Satan, known as Lucifer before he sinned, wanted to be equal with God. It's in the Bible, Isaiah 14:12-14, TLB. "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! …For you said to yourself, 'I will ascend to heaven and rule the angels. I will take the highest throne… I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High."

What does Satan want? Worship. It's in the Bible, NKJV. Matthew 4:8-9, "Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

In contrast to the pride and self-exaltation of Satan, what spirit did Jesus have? It's in the Bible, Philippians 2:6-8, NIV. "Who, being in very natureGod, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very natureof a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!"

Satan's supernatural forces are waging a war. It's in the Bible, Ephesians 6:11, TLB. "Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand safe against all strategies and tricks of Satan."

Where is Satan now, is he underground in hell? No. It's in the Bible, Job 1: 6-7, NKJV. "Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satanalso came among them. And the LORD said to Satan, 'From where do you come?' So Satan answered the LORD and said, 'From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.'"

Is Satan red, with horns, a beard, and goat legs? No, he can look as beautiful as an angel of light. It's in the Bible, 2 Corinthians 11:14, NKJV. "And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light."

What is he doing? He's inflicting his anger against the human race. It's in the Bible, Revelation 12:12, NKJV. "...Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time."

The devil is our enemy. It's in the Bible, 1 Peter 5:8, NKJV. "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."

Satan dared to tempt Christ Himself. It's in the Bible, Matthew 4:1, TLB. "Then Jesus was led out into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit, to be tempted there by Satan."

Is the devil in charge of hell? No, hell was made to destroy the devil. It's in the Bible, Matthew 25:4, NKJV. “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels."

Satan is a defeated enemy. It's in the Bible, James 4:7, TLB. "So give yourselves humbly to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. And when you draw close to God, God will draw close to you."