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Satan's Origin and his Workings

Much of the world thinks Satan is a myth, a mere superstition. Others think of him as a cartoonish character - a man in a red suit, wielding a pitchfork, and tormenting people in the blazing fires of hell. But such ideas are far from reality.

Satan isn't a myth. He's very real, and powerful spiritual being. And unfortunately, he doesn't reside in hell. Far from it. If he did, the world would be a lot better off. His ultimate destination is hell, but his arrival there remains a future event.

Satan's origin and rebellion

The bible is clear that Satan exists, and calls him a murderer, destroyer and father of lies (John 8:44). Satan once was a mighty, holy angel at the right hand of God in heaven (Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28). In some translations he is also referred to as Lucifer. Lucifer rebelled against God in that he wanted to overthrow His government and was therefore cast out of heaven. "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" (Revelation 12:9). Jesus said, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven" Luke 10:18, and in the book of Revelation Satan is seen as "a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth" Revelation 9:1. Some scholars agree that some of the angels in heaven joined Satan in his revolt and were cast out with him, but their ultimate judgement is yet future Revelation 12: 3-4.

Satan's modus operandi

Satan plays a central role in the day-to-day events of life on earth. Jesus called him "the prince of this world" John 14:30, and Paul called him "the god of this age" 2 Corinthians 4:4. The Book of Job tells us Satan roams the earth, watching everything take place Job 1:7. As "the ruler of the kingdom of the air" Ephesians 2:2, he has a bird's eye view of the entire human race and everything we do. He uses what he sees to his advantage and has not our best interests in mind. Peter warns us of Satan, saying he "prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour" 1 Peter 5:8.

How to defend yourself

While Jesus broke Satan's power over death at the cross Hebrews 2:14-15, and God's victory is certain... Satan's rebellion isn't over. Paul states that we're soldiers in a spiritual war - not a battle against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against those of the unseen world, against the powers of darkness and evil spirits in the heavenly places Ephesians 6:12. Satan's rebellion is not a past event. It's an ongoing act - both here on earth and even in "heavenly places." He constantly feeds the world false information about himself and about Jesus Christ, our only means of escape. He's a part of this world, and he would like nothing more than to ruin your life.

In the battle against such an enemy, we need to know how to defend ourselves. So how do we do this? First, we need to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour. Jesus says once we become His followers, no one can snatch us away John 10:27-30. In Jesus, our soul is safe from Satan. But that doesn't mean Satan won't try to bring trouble and turmoil into our lives. He'll come to us with temptations, trying to get us to take your eyes off Jesus. So what do we do when that happens? The bible says to "resist Satan, and he will flee from you" James 4:7. Jesus modelled this defence when He resisted Satan's temptations in the desert. When Satan's temptations didn't work, he fled Matthew 4:1-11.

Use God's armour

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul says to "put on all of God's armour so we can stand firm against Satan Ephesians 6:11. He says the key components to arm ourselves with are truth, God's righteousness, the peace of the Gospel, faith, salvation, and the Word of God Ephesians 6:14-17. If we don't belong to Jesus, we are a sitting duck for the devil and his minions. We are utterly defenceless. If this is where we find ourselves, we can start a relationship with Jesus right now. Jesus is standing at the door of our heart knocking. If we open the door, He will come in Revelation 3:20. So let's invite Him in. If we do, He will give us the peace the world can never give John 14:27. When we are committed to Jesus, we can confidently face the future in full knowledge of the ultimate outcome of Satan's rebellion - Jesus has already won the victory over him through the Cross and Empty Tomb and will one day bind his power for all eternity!

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