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Satan's Power
by Don
06/12/14
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Satan was apparently a beautiful, shining angelic being who had access to the very throne room of God (Job 1:6).

In Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28, we have actual and typological descriptions of this "Lucifer, son of the morning."

The language of Ezekiel 28:12-19 describes Lucifer's great beauty and wisdom, calling him an "anointed cherub."

Satan remains a powerful creature on this earth and in the realm of the heavenlies. He is referred to in Ephesians 2:2 as the "prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience."

He is also a powerful ruler: First John 5:19 says "the people of the world...continue in the grip of the Evil One" (The Message). Finally, he is referred to as the "god of this age" (2 Corinthians 4:4), meaning he is an object of worship.

So even though Satan is a defeated foe that cannot harm Christians (James 4:7), he is still temporarily powerful.

We are not to fear Satan's power; only to recognize it. Just as a healthy recognition of electricity's power causes us to use appropriate protective measures, so acknowledging Satan's power makes us depend on Christ in whom we are safe.

Satan is so powerful that he is able to hold men captive to do his will if they have not been freed from him by faith in Christ. The willful indulgence in sin on our part can give the devil's power a foothold in our life (Ephesians 4:26-27).

If sin gives Satan access, what kind of behavior would he tempt us to rationalize as being "not so bad?"

Satan is three things: he is, above all, the great liar and deceiver (John 8:44). Second, he is the great divider, seen when he took a portion of heaven's angels with him in his rebellion against God (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6).

And third, he is the great destroyer (Revelation 9:11). Satan will destroy whatever he can: the church, a life, a marriage, a ministry.

It is his mission to break up and tear apart the work of God in this world.

The goal of every Christian should be to learn the identity, plans, and purposes of the devil—and to stand firm against him. (Ephesians 6:13-18; James 4:7).

Christ who is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4).


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