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Beware Of Your Adversary!

God’s Word warns us prophetically, that Satan the devil will be extremely active in the end time.

As the conclusion of Satan’s rule over this earth rapidly approaches, the archdeceiver and his demon henchmen know that only a short time remains before they will be completely restrained by God. Soon they will no longer be able to deceive the world and work to thwart God’s plan for mankind. Therefore, Satan is pulling out all stops in a fast-ditch effort to destroy God’s spiritual Church!

Forewarned is forearmed. Though no human is a match to the powerful, cunning Satan, this study will show you how to be victorious in your battle with Satan’s kingdom. But first, let’s review a few basic facts about Satan’s origin and why he is determined to destroy all Spirit-begotten Christians.

The Bible reveals that God created multitudes of angels before bringing the earth into existence (Job 38:4-7). Among these was a powerful, wise and beautiful cherub the great archangel Lucifer-- who was perfect in all his ways.

Later, the earth was created and became the home or abode of angels. And God set Lucifer over the angles to administer God’s government on earth (Ezk 28:13-17, Isa. 14:12-14).

Lucifer was one of the anointed cherubs who covered God’s throne in heaven (Ezk. 28:14 and Ex. 25:18-20). Lucifer was originally stationed at the very throne of God. He was already trained in the administration of God’s government when God placed him in charge of the angels on earth.

Lucifer, the super archangel was perfect in all his ways from the day of his creation until something happened. What was found in him “You (Satan) were perfect in your ways from the day you were created. Till iniquity (or sin) was found in you” (Ezk 28:15).

Verse 17: “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.”

When Lucifer began thinking thoughts of competition and greed, resentment and rebellion welled up in him. His mind became perverted, distorted, twisted. His thinking became totally warped.

Lucifer decided to leave the earth and ascend to heaven in an attempt to exalt his throne (which was in “Eden the garden of God” Ezk. 28:13) above all the angels (“stars”) of God (Isa. 14:12-14).

Lucifer was able to convince other angels to follow him in his rebellion and thus sin against God. “And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day” (Jude 6). Revelation 12:3-4 reveals to us that Lucifer drew a third of the angels to go along with his plan to knock God off His throne.

Lucifer had nothing less in mind than knocking the Creator God off His throne and becoming supreme ruler himself. He was no longer satisfied with rule over only one planet, he wanted to rule the universe. Thus, Lucifer became the first sinner. He wanted to be like the most high God (Isa. 14:14).

What happened to Lucifer’s and his angles’ attempt to wrest control of the universe from their Creator? “And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars (angels) of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born” (Rev. 12:3-4).

“And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angles fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought. But they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer” (vs. 7-6).

Jesus Christ described Satan’s original fall from heaven “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18).

Lucifer deliberately became his Maker’s adversary. That was Lucifer’s choice. And so, God changed his name to what he became Satan which means adversary, competitor, enemy. And the angels who were cast back down to the earth with him became known as demons.

God has allowed Satan to continue as the invisible ruler of this world: “Whose minds the god of this age had blinded who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God should shine on them” (II Cor. 4:4).

When and how will Satna’s rule over this world come to an end? “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.

“And he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while” (Rev. 20:1-3).

A basic principle of God’s government is that the state can never be without a head. God originally placed Lucifer on the throne of God’s government on earth. When Lucifer rebelled against God, he ceased to administer that government and disqualified himself. But he must remain on that throne until his successor, Jesus Christ, who has qualified to replace him, dethrones him and assumes world rulership at His Second Coming.

We are plainly told that “the world to come” - the 1,000 years and thereafter will not be ruled by angels (Heb. 2:5).

But if we become the born-again sons of God, we are promised rulership over all the angels: “But one testified in a certain place saying; what is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands, You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do yet see all things put under him” vs. 6-8.

Only humans have the potential to be begotten and born into the very Family of God. We can become the sons of God and rule this earth and ultimately the entire universe with Jesus Christ. Satan knows and hates this fact. With his perverted and twisted mind, Satan who tried to usurp all God’s power and authority, now looks upon mankind as competitors.

Satan attempted to thwart God’s plan to reproduce Himself by inducing the “first Adam” to rebel against his Creator (Gen. 3:1-6, 22-24), thus disqualifying Adam from replacing Satan.

He then attempted to have Jesus Christ, the “last Adam” (I Cor. 15:45), killed by the human civil government while Christ was still a young child. Then, when Christ was an adult, Satan attempted to destroy Him spiritually by tempting Him to sin (Matt. 4:1-11). Christ won that titanic spiritual battle with Satan by proving He would obey the government of God and faithfully rule by God’s law throughout eternity.

And so must we, before God will make us co-rulers of this earth and the entire universe with Christ. We, too, must overcome Satan by the Word and Spirit of God as Jesus Christ did.

We are plainly told that Spirit-begotten Christians are in an all-out battle for their spiritual lives: “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” ((Peter 5:8; Eph. 6:12; II Cor. 2:11).

We (Christians) are in spiritual warfare with wicked spirits. We need to know how to protect ourselves from these invisible enemies whose goal is to destroy us spiritually.

Just what is the chief weapon Satan uses in his attempt to destroy God’s saints? “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.

Among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lust of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath just as the others” (Eph. 2:1-2).

Satan broadcasts his sinful attitude to all humanity. But once the Holy Spirit of God is added to a person’s mind upon repentance and baptism, the person has the spiritual awareness and strength to resist the attitudes of lust, greed, vanity, jealousy, resentment, bitterness and hate that Satan broadcasts.

Satan has no power to force anyone to obey his impulses. But the unsuspecting automatically do without realizing what is taking place in their minds (Gal. 5:19-21).

After your begettal by God’s Holy Spirit after you become a real Christian (Rom. 8:9) Satan will continue to try to deceive you and lead you away from Christ and Christ’s ways: “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear lest somehow, as the serpent (Satan) deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds (Christians) may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (II Cor. 11:2-3).

Did some Christians in Paul’s day begin to fall victim to Satan’s promptings? (Gal. 1:6-8; 3:1). Does Satan also have his own ministers through whom he works (II Cor. 11:12-15)?

We (members of God’s true Church) are not shielded from Satan’s wavelength. He continues to broadcast the attitudes of his nature to our minds in an attempt to overthrow us. Those who have turned from Satan’s way must be on guard against him and fight to overcome his subtle urgings and to remain true to God’s way.

The apostle Paul gives us specific instructions on fighting against the impulses and attitudes of the devil (Eph. 6:10-13). What does God’s spiritual armor consist of (vs. 14-20)?

“Truth,” the first piece in the Christian spiritual armor, refers to the inspired Word of God (John 17:17). The “breastplate of righteousness” is obedience to God’s commandments (Ps. 119:172); the “gospel “is the good news of the coming government of God on earth and the righteous rule of Christ.

The “shield of faith” refers to the faith of Jesus Christ, which can be within us (Gal. 2:20, Phil. 3:9). This faith is God’s gift and is imparted to us by the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). It is the faith Christ’s faith within us-- that will enable us to conquer and overcome Satan and sin.

The “helmet of salvation” is the knowledge of salvation the purpose of life, the true goal and potential of mankind becoming Spirit-born members of God’s Family. The helmet protects the mind from false doctrines promulgated by Satan.

The “sword of the Spirit” refers to the written Word of God (Heb. 4:12). It is the Christian’s only offensive weapon in fighting against the wiles of the devil. But in order to rightly use this weapon in waging a winning battle against the crafty rulers of darkness, we must study the Bible and learn God’s will and His promises.

The apostle Paul lastly mentions “prayer” as an aid in withstanding the attacks of Satan. Christians are to draw close to God in persevering prayer (I Thess. 5:17), praying for the Work and ministry of God’s Church, for all of God’s people and themselves.

This is the way to overcome Satan and force him to flee. This is the perfect strategy for defeating the devil’s army of demons. If you will diligently follow this formula, your success in overcoming these deadly foes is guaranteed!

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