WORDS OF GOD'S WISDOM
5/1 THRU 5/31
THE DEVIL DOESN'T WANT TO BE KNOWN
"SATAN - THE DECEIVER, THE DEMONIC, THE DEFEATED"
Ezekiel 28: 2, 12-17
"Because your heart is lifted up and you have said, 'I am a god, I sit in the seat of gods in the heart of the seas';... you had the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering ... you were the anointed cherub who covers, and I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked in the midst of the stones of fire. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until unrighteousness was found in you. By the abundance of your trade you were internally filled with violence, and you sinned; therefore I have cast you as profane from the mountain of God. And I have destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor. I cast you to the ground ..."
ICE BREAKER QUESTION
HOW DO YOU KNOW IT IS SATAN THAT IS TRYING TO DIVERT YOU FROM LIVING A CHRIST LIKE LIFE?
HIS NAMES AND HIS ORIGIN
I am so blessed by God to bring to you some valuable things that you need to know according to His word about our #1 adversary who we are fighting daily to live the life God called us to live. Satan what can I say about him? How can a creation want to be more than the Creator? That’s exactly what Satan wanted and because of that, God rebuked him and cast him out of heaven. So Satan made up his mind to take upon the role of the devil, where his main goal was to get back at our Father, even if it meant eternal damnation. In this Bible study, you will learn everything that you need to know to recognize Satan’s reasons and devices the # 1 enemy to God’s kingdom. My purpose here is for us to get to know him better and to HATE him for who he really is. Why? Because he hates us simply because God loves us so much. Imagine the pain that our Father felt when one of his most beautiful and powerful archangels turned against Him. Not only that, Satan also turned more than a 1/3 of all heavenly creatures against our loving Father. So if you want to understand his power of deception think about this, he was able to convince thousands if not hundreds of thousands to go against the most powerful and lovable Almighty God, whom these creatures served every moment of their creation. So how do we stand a chance against him? Simple, through JESUS CHRIST.
In (Luke 10:18),it describes Satan’s fall to earth as a lightening out of the sky. He was cast out and his followers because he wanted to be like God. Now we understand why God hates pride because it was Satan’s pride which got him cast out of heaven. Lucifer was his name as a great and mighty angel. In(Isaiah 14:12-17),Lucifer wanted to be like the most High and ultimately, it was the love of power that was his downfall. In(Revelations 12:9),he is called the great dragon, old serpent, devil and Satan who was cast out with his angels. Now remember, this is a heavenly creature who was so beautiful, cunning and powerful and to be cast out with his followers (meaning thrown out of heaven), I am sure that this was a mighty blow to his enormous ego and pride. This would explain his pure hatred for our Father and therefore his hatred toward us, why? Simply because we are made in our Father’s image and since he knows he is no match for the Almighty; therefore why not hurt God the only way possible and that is through God’s love for us by destroying the communication between our Father and us. Satan is also called the king angel of the bottomless pit whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon but in Greek it is Apollyon (Revelations 9:11). In (Mark 3:22),Beelzebub is another name which means that he is the prince of the demons.
WHY WAS SATAN CREATED?
First of all, we know with certainty that God (Elohim) created all things through His Word."In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth""All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made" (John 1:3; also see Colossians 1:16).(Genesis 1:1),and God's creation certainly would include the whole angelic realm, known as the "host of heaven" (Nehemiah 9:6). Biblical evidence suggests that the angels were created sometime during the first few days of creation, before man was formed. In the book of Job, God asked Job, "Where was thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding ... who laid the corner stone thereof; when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?"(Job 38:4-7). Elsewhere in Scripture, "morning stars" and "sons of God" are references to angels, so we see here that angels had the privilege of seeing and rejoicing in the handiwork of God.
The devil, that old serpent, was there in the beginning with the angels. It was he who tempted Eve to sin in the Garden of Eden (compare Genesis 3:1 and Revelation 20:2).The Bible tells us that God"created the waster to destroy" (Isaiah 54:16) and both "the deceived and the deceiver are his" (Job 12:16). We also read that it was God who created the devil:"By his [God's] spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent" (Job 26:13).The ways of God are far beyond our finite comprehension."I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things" (Isaiah 45:7). God knows what is necessary for His divine plan and purpose to be realized. This is why He allows wickedness to go on for a season. Ultimately, however, God's full glory and power will be made known. What the devil means for evil, God will use for good. Paul said,"What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?" (Romans 9:22).
It is important to understand that the nothing took God by surprise. When God created the angelic being who became Satan, God knew that the character He placed within Satan would be prone to pride. God also knew how that pride would ultimately affect mankind. "The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil" (Proverbs 16:4). We do not know or understand all the plans and purposes of God, yet we can rest assured that the adversary of mankind is fulfilling his purpose under the sovereign control of an all-knowing, all-powerful Creator. Now the question arises: did God create the devil as a perfect and holy creature who later fell from his heavenly state? Or, was the devil created already evil? Well, when God's creation was complete, "God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good" (Genesis 1:31). Most would agree that although the devil is necessary for the time being, he is not good. Therefore, Satan must have fallen from a holy state sometime after God declared that all was “good."
MID LESSON QUESTION
HOW HAS SATAN USED YOUR WEAKNESSES TO
INTERFERE WITH YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST?
Satan is the master of deception! He will appear in any form to get us to go against our Father’s will. He doesn’t care about us at all. It is more about hurting our Dad in heaven and he is using us to get to Him. In (Genesis 3),there is of course the deception that he gave to Eve as a serpent telling her that if she ate of the fruit, she would be like God and that she would not surely die as God told her. Doesn’t that sound familiar? Yes of course! It was his way to get back at God having His children disobey Him for the very same reason God kicked Satan out of heaven. In “Forms of Godliness” as mentioned in God’s word, this is where Satan transforms himself as an angel of light and how he also has false preachers, teachers, brothers and sisters, who too are nothing more than a deception put upon the Christian church to spy on us and to bring us into bondage (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
Satan does all he can to keep an unsaved person deceived and in darkness. As it is written, Satan, which deceived the whole world (Revelation 12:9). There is a battle between truth and error going on inside of each person. That battle is for a person’s soul. The devil persuades many in their thoughts that evolution is how we came into existence. The adversary puts in the minds of others that the Bible is not God’s Word but just a book written by men. He makes some believe that it is too difficult to understand. And if you do believe the Bible is the perfect Word of God, Satan will do everything possible to stop you from studying it, by using many distractions and other devices. If you study the Bible, Satan will try to cause you to believe certain passages do not mean exactly what they say. If you do believe God’s Word, Satan will try to choke the Word that is in you, by using the lusts of this world, the cares of this life, the pleasures of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and many other devices. Satan is a master at mixing the truth with deception in your mind and causing confusion.
There are many people that look like they are led of God, but they are not. They themselves think they are being led of God and deceive many. Many people go to churches that have blind leaders of the blind.These blind clergy outwardly appear righteous “unto men” Matthew 23:28. They appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones (Matthew 23:27). They areas graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them (people that go to their churches) are not aware of them (they are not aware these are blind leaders (Luke 11:44). Many of these churches do not give God glory and do not possess the Holy Spirit which is why many are not saved and if they are saved they will stay babes in Christ no matter HOW LONG THEY GO TO CHURCH!!! It never occurs to most people that their ordained minister is, himself, on the way to hell. Paul told us very clearly, many...corrupt the word of God - (2Corinthians 2:17). These blind clergy combine God’s Word with deception and traditions. Multitudes of people attend these dead, ceremonial, entertainment, people-pleasing churches and are confident they will be in heaven when they die. It just never occurs to most people that their church is leading them to hell. They put their faith in their church or pastor or its denomination and its half-truth doctrines. Only after they die, do these realize they were deceived and made an eternal mistake.
Satan puts in many people’s minds that he can never deceive them; therefore, they are deceived as Satan himself was deceived by himself to believe that He could be like God!!! Those who do not know that they can be deceived are already and let their guard down—as an army that is caught by surprise and is defenseless when the attack comes. Not only does Satan speak to you in your thoughts, but he speaks to you through many people, and you may never know it. People can be extremely gullible and lack knowledge in the ways and devices of the devil. Satan puts in people’s mind that they never sin, and many believe this, even though the Bible says, ALL HAVE SINNED, AND COME SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD - (Romans 3:23). Satan has created numerous false religions throughout the world that have led billions of people to hell. Many of them believe they are saved, but the light that is in them is really darkness, and the darkness has blinded their eyes. They know not where they are going. There is a battle going on for their soul, but most of them will never understand this until it is too late.
Again the Bible warns us that MANY people perish and only a few will enter heaven. (Matthew 7:13-14) enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction and many there will be which go in therafter. Many people will go to destruction or perish to hell. Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life and few there be find it. Few people will find the true way to salvation. Few people will enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 7:21-29)Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. There is an absolute condition that must be met to enter. A person must, I repeat must come only through trusting in Jesus and must do the will of God. 22-MANY will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? MANY note the wordMANY will stand before the judgment and say they prophesied in the name of Jesus, but they will ultimately perish. The verse continues—and in thy name have cast out devils? Again the word MANY applies. Many will say that in the name of Jesus that they have cast out devils. Yet they will ultimately perish. The verse continues—and in thy name done many wonderful works? MANY applies. MANY will say that they have done many wonderful works in the name of Jesus, yet they will ultimately perish. The word MANY applies here three times. MANY, MANY, MANY shall perish even though they prophesied, cast out devils, and did wonderful works in the name of Jesus. Verse 23-and then will I profess unto them, I never knew you. Depart from me, ye that work iniquity. They did these things in the name of Jesus but they did not fully repent. They did works in the name of Jesus but also practiced sin. Works by itself is nothing just as faith without works is dead; it is FAITH and WORKS together that gives glory to God!!!
Satan is that great dragon, the crooked serpent, whose characteristics are the epitome of evil and whose dominion is the opposite of light. Darkness cannot abide with light, for"God is light, and in him is no darkness at all" (I John 1:5). Those who do evil hate the light, for fear that their deeds will be exposed(John 3:17-21). Satan and his demons have lied, sinned, murdered, persecuted, and made war against God's creation since the Garden of Eden. However, the Bible tells us that they will soon receive judgment through God's wrath and that their evil works will be destroyed.
Let’s look briefly at some of the characteristics of these demonic ones:- They were evil and under Satan’s immediate control (Matthew 12:24,43,45).- They were intelligent beings (Mark 1:24). - They could exercise volition (ability to fly) and locomotion (Matthew 12:44-45).- Demon possession of humans resulted in physical or mental illness (Matthew 4:24);dumbness (Matthew 9:32), blindness (Matthew 12:32); supernatural strength (Mark 5:4). Demons inhabited men (Matthew 9:32),women (Luke 8:2), and children (Mark 7:30), (Jude 1:6) and (Genesis 6:4). Demon possession was permitted by God in order that the authority of Christ might be made known! Power over these demons confirmed the word! Even with Satan and his demons, God has a divine purpose for all. Many say why if God loves us so much, does He not just get rid of Satan an evil but He loves us enough to give us a choice. The Almighty gave us everything we need to live our life for Him if WE CHOOSE to. There are no excuses. It’s all about love and being responsible to it.
Evil originated and existed before human history. The means by which it was transmitted from previous creature existence to human history is Satan himself. The origin of Evil is Satan's pride and arrogance to devise a system to oppose God. Evil originated in angelic creation in the greatest creature to ever come from the hand of God. Every generation has to choose between the grace and love of God, represented by the cross, and the Evil of Satan. This issue has never left the human race. Religion is Satan's counterfeit of the plan of God. Christianity is not a religion, but is a relationship with God through the person of Jesus Christ who is the key to overcoming Satan and his evil regime.
Satan will always be subject to his Creator. He had to get God's permission to hurt Job (Job 1),"When the devil had ended all the temptation [trials], he departed from Him for a season" (Luke 4:13; also see Matthew 4:10-11). Why did Jesus not command Satan to leave and never return again? The reason is because the devil was still needed to enter into Judas Iscariot to betray Christ (Luke 22:3; John 19:36), and is still needed to fulfill all Scriptures to the end of this age (Luke 24:44).
One of the main reasons the devil exists is so the children of God can grow up into the full stature of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:13-15). Indeed, there is a purpose in testings, sufferings and trials: they try and purify our heart toward God."Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life" (Revelation 2:10). You see, Satan fights against the children of God, and this struggle purges out the "chaff" in our lives, bringing about maturity and righteousness within us (Isaiah 54:14-17). Jesus told Simon Peter,"Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren" (Luke 22:31).
Revelation 12:11 tells us that the saints overcame Satan the accuser "by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.""He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, so that he might destroy the works of the devil" (I John 3:8).
Revelation 19describes the battle between the forces of the Antichrist and Jesus (Yeshua) at the end of this age. After the defeat and destruction of "the beast" and "the false prophet," the Bible reveals that Satan will be captured and imprisoned for a thousand years (Revelation 20:1-3). "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited" (Isaiah 24:21-22).
After the thousand years, Satan will be released for a short time until he is thrown into the lake of fire."And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone ... and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever" (Revelation 20:10). Jesus mentioned Satan's ultimate fate in (Matthew 25:41), "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, 'Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels!!!' So you ask why if Satan knows all of this does he continue to try to hurt God through His beloved children? Simple, HE IS EVIL just as GOD IS LOVE!!!
THE FINAL QUESTION
WHAT DO YOU DO TO OVERCOME SATAN WHEN YOU ARE BEING ATTACKED?
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘ I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit. “Those who see you will gaze at you, And consider you, saying: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, Who shook kingdoms,…”
The serpent was cursed in the Garden of Eden after he beguiled Eve. God told him:"I will put enmity between thee and the woman [Eve], and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel" (Genesis 3:14). The serpent did "bruise the heel" of Christ (Eve's seed) at the cross, but Jesus Christ is the One who will ultimately deliver the blow to the serpent's head. "And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly" (Romans 16:20). Meanwhile, the devil is roaming the earth as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). He is accomplishing the will of God as the ruler of the fallen angels and as the adversary of mankind.
When the children of God walk as children of light, then the devil, sin, and evil are overcome."Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness" (I Thessalonians 5:5). Another verse says,"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light" (Ephesians 5:8). As children of light, we are to fight the "wiles of the devil" and "all the fiery darts of the wicked" with the ARMOR OF GOD (Ephesians 6:10-18). We must diligently guard our hearts, resist the devil (James 4:7), and not give place to the devil. When God's Word is hidden in our hearts (Psalm 119:11), we are kept from the paths of the destroyer (Psalm 17:3-4).
A true child of God must overcome this world. He or she must overcome himself and the flesh and they must overcome the devices of Satan and it must be done in Christ and through Christ according to FAITH in His word. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20). A person overcomes by faith (1 John 5:4). Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). It is also impossible to please God through your flesh. (Romans 8:8) That means a person needs to hear, study and read God’s Word daily along with crucifying their flesh and self, daily. Jesus must sit on the throne of our life and we must be Holy Spirit FILLED and LED to live positive and productive lives for our loving Father in heaven as well. A person’s faith cannot exceed their knowledge and understanding of God’s Word. Little Word, little faith. From this moment on, you can't say you didn't know. The Jesus of today’s false doctrines is all love, self-gratitude, compassion, financial prosperity, and understanding and condemns anyone. The Jesus of the Bible is indeed loving, compassionate, and understanding, but He is also to be feared (Psalm 89:7). Indeed, we should tremble at His Word (Isaiah 66:5) and (Jeremiah 5:22). The Jesus of the Bible tells us MERCY REJOICES AGAINST JUDGMENT (James 2:13). Jesus is mercy, and He is judgment BOTH but most importantly HE IS OUR POWER AND AUTHORITY OVER THE FLESH, SELF, THE WORLD AND SATAN AND HIS KINGDOM!!!
It’s your choice, receive Christ as your Savior, love Him, read and live His word, surrender your life, be molded and used by God and enjoy eternity in heaven or NOT which is the same as serving Satan and going to Hell for eternity! THERE IS NO IN BETWEEN!!! IT IS YOUR CHOICE! And for those TRUE children of the Light struggling with satanic attacks against their life for the Lord remember I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you (Luke 10:19) and no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD (Isaiah 54:17). Thank you and God bless you to make the right choice!
To God be the glory!
Ptr. Jeff Queen