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Satan receives much assistance from his demon followers by planting false Christians among the true ones.
Matthew 13:24-30 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:  But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.  But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.  So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?  He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?  But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. (KJV) . . . This parable represents the present and future condition of the true church; Christ’s care of it, and the devil’s hatred of it. It shows us the mixture there is in it (good and bad) in this world, and that they shall be separated in the other world. Though good and bad are together in this world, at the great day they shall be parted. The righteous and the wicked shall then be clearly known; whereas here, it is sometimes hard to distinguish between them.
The devil seeks to devour ALL God’s children!
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (KJV) Lions attack sick, young, or animals that stray away from the herd. They choose victims who are alone or not paying attention to what’s going on around them. Peter warns us to watch out for Satan when we are suffering or being tried or persecuted. Often we feel alone, weak, helpless, or cut off from other believers, and we focus on our troubles, forgetting to watch for danger, and we are especially vulnerable to Satan’s attacks. Always keep your eyes on Jesus! James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (KJV)
The devil falsely accuses ALL God’s children
Rev. 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. (KJV) I believe that Satan still accuses us before God, but I also believe we have an Advocate in Heaven (1 John 2:1). Our Advocate is much more powerful than Satan (1 John 4:4).
Satan rules ALL the unsaved world
John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. (KJV) . . . Satan is an angel who rebelled against God. Satan is real, not symbolic, and is constantly working against God and those who obey Him. Satan tempted Eve in the garden and persuaded her to sin; he tempted Jesus in the desert but did not persuade Him to fall (Mat.4:1-11). Satan has great power, but we can be delivered from his reign of spiritual darkness because of Christ’s victory on the cross. Satan is powerful, but Jesus is much more powerful. Jesus’ resurrection shattered Satan’s deathly power (Col. 1:13-14). To overcome Satan we need faithful loyalty to God’s Word, determination to walk with Jesus and stay away from sin, and the support and prayer of other believers.
2 Cor. 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (KJV) The Gospel is revealed to everyone, except those who refuse to believe. Satan is "the god of this age." His work is to deceive. He has blinded those who don’t believe in Christ (2 Cor. 11:14-15). The appeal of money, power, fame and pleasure blinds people to the light of Christ’s Gospel. Those who reject Christ and choose things of this world have unknowingly made Satan their god.
Ephes. 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: (KJV) Satan may have control of many things now. But Satan is only the temporary ruler of the part of the world that chooses to follow him. Jesus Christ is the permanent ruler of the WHOLE world. In the resurrection, Christ was victorious over Satan and his power. Those who reject Christ and follow Satan, disobey the Gospel both in faith and practice (2 Thes. 1:8).
Satan deceives people with outright lies, and clever plans
John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (KJV) . . . The attitudes and actions of leaders (then and now) clearly identifies them as followers of Satan. They may not be conscious of this, but their hatred of truth, their lies, and their murderous intentions indicate how much control the devil has over them. Leaders and politicians were/are the devil’s tools in carrying out his plans; they spoke/speak the very same language of lies. Satan still uses people to obstruct God’s work (Genesis 4:8; Romans 5:12; 1 John 3:12).
1 Tim. 4:1-3 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;  Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (KJV) Paul said false teachers were hypocritical liars who encouraged people to follow "deceiving spirits and things taught by demons." Satan deceives people by offering a shrewd imitation of the real thing. We must not be impressed by a teacher’s style or credentials; but look to his/her teaching about Jesus Christ. His conclusions about Christ show the source of his message.
1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (KJV) . . . Worldliness is not limited to external behavior; the people we associate with, the places we go, the activities we enjoy. Worldliness is also internal for it starts in the heart and is illustrated by three attitudes:
- (1) obsession with satisfying physical desires;
- (2) craving and accumulating things, bowing to the god of materialism; and
- (3) boasting of what he has and does; obsession with one’s status or importance.
Eve was tempted by Satan (serpent, Gen.3:6), in these same areas. The devil tempted Jesus in the desert with these same things (Mat.4:1-11). In God’s eyes, He values self-control, a spirit of generosity, and a commitment to humble service. A person can give the impression of avoiding worldly pleasures while still hiding them in their heart. On the other hand, a person can love sinners and spend time with them (like Jesus) while keeping strong faith and trust in the Lord. What is most important to you? Do your actions reflect the world’s values or God’s values?
1 John 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. (KJV) . . . Unless a person comes to Christ in faith, they have no choice but to obey Satan. There is no middle ground; people either belong to God and obey Him, or they live under Satan’s control (1 John 3:10).
Satan CAN possess "Unbelievers"
Mark 5:1-13 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.  And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,  Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:  Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.  And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.  But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,  And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.  For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.  And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.  And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.  Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.  And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.  And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. (KJV) . . . Although we do not know why demon possession occurs, we know that evil spirits can use the human body to distort and destroy man’s relationship with God and likeness to Him. Demons are dangerous, powerful, and destructive. It is important to know about their evil activity so that we can stay away from demons, but we should avoid any curiosity about or involvement with demonic forces or the occult (Deut. 18:10-12). If we resist the devil and his influences, he will flee from us (James 4:7).
Our good intentions can serve Satan’s purposes
Matthew 16:21-23 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.  Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.  But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. (KJV) . . . The disciples still didn’t understand Jesus’ true purpose because of their preconceived notions about what the Messiah should be. This is the first of three times that Jesus predicted His death (Mat.17:22-23; 20:18). Those that refuse suffering for Christ, think more of the things of man than of the things of God. Peter was carried away by human views of the way of setting up Messiah’s kingdom, quite opposite to those of God.
We must always depend on our Lord’s ability to lead, guide and direct us in this life. When we backslide, or take our eyes off Jesus, even for a moment, Satan comes charging in! Don’t let the old rascal get a foot hold in your life! Trust Jesus always!
#1 . . . What kind of power does Satan have?
He is permitted to afflict the righteous. Job 1:12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord. (KJV) . . . .God does give Satan power over believers at times.
He claims authority over the world. Luke 4:6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. (KJV) . . . Satan must have great power.
Unbelievers are under his rule. Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (KJV)
He blinds the minds of unbelievers. 2 Cor. 4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (KJV)
He battles with the saints. Eph. 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (KJV) . . . Our biggest enemies are evil spirits controlled by Satan.
He inspires lying wonders. 2 Thes. 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (KJV) Heb.2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; (KJV)
# 2 . . . Is Jesus more powerful than Satan?
Absolutely YES! 1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (KJV)
# 3 . . . Can Satan hurt me? Is Satan real?
Satan is real! And yes, he can hurt you more than you know! If you continue to listen to him, and let him be your master, he will take you with him to an everlasting Hell. 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: (KJV)
Satan rules the evil spiritual world. Eph. 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: (KJV) . . . Until a person is "born again" (John 1:12-13; 3:3-8) into God's family, they are a child of the devil!
Satan does have power in this world. His main weapon is lying . . . he wants you to believe what is false so you won’t follow God’s Word. Satan really is a liar and is always up to no good. STAY AWAY FROM HIM! Anything connected with the occult is connected to Satan: things like Ouija boards, tarot cards, fortune telling, horoscopes, divining, etc.
Satan rules the evil spiritual world. Ephes. 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: (KJV)
How can we withstand his attacks? Ephes. 6:10-17 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (KJV) . . . In our Christian life we battle against evil spiritual rulers and authorities. These powerful evil forces of fallen angels (demons) are headed by Satan, who is a malicious fighter (see 1 Peter 5:8). There is NO way we can withstand their attacks on our own power! We must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor that is readily available for us. Our whole body needs to be armed and defended. As you battle against "the powers of this dark world," fight in the strength of the Holy Spirit.
2 Thes. 3:1-3 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:  And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.  But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. (KJV) . . . Hidden from view in our daily life, a savage struggle among invisible spiritual powers is going on. One of our main defenses is prayer, that God will protect us from the evil one and that He will strengthen us and give us wisdom.
Satan’s Vicious Work
He tempts us to disobey. Gen.3:4-5 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. (KJV)
He slanders, lies about saints. Job 1:9-11 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?  Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.  But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. (KJV)
He can and does inflict disease. Job 2:7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. (KJV)
He opposes the righteous. Zech. 3:10 In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree. (KJV) . . . It's not like that today! So many people are hate crazy! So much hate, so much war! In that day, there shall be peace everywhere! I'm ready for that!
Satan even tempted Christ. #1 Mat.4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. (KJV) #2 Mat.4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. (KJV) #3 Mat.4:8-9 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;  And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. (KJV) . . . NONE of us are safe from Satan's vicious attempts on us.
He removes the good Seed. Mat.13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. (KJV) . . . When a person hears the Gospel of Christ, Satan will do all in his power to rip it away from them.
He sows weeds. Mat.13:38-40 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;  The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. (KJV) . . . ALL the false doctrines that are so widespread and desired today are from the devil!
He can afflict your body and soul. Job 2:7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. (KJV) Luke 9:42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father. (KJV) Luke 13:16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? (KJV)
Satan is the father of ALL lies. John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (KJV) . . . Jesus speaking to Pharisees.
He tempts and urges people to sin. John 13:2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him; (KJV)
Acts 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? (KJV)
2 Cor. 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. (KJV)
Eph. 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: (KJV) 1 Thes. 2:18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. (KJV)
He preys on people. 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (KJV)
Rev. 2:10 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. (KJV) . . . Jesus speaking to the Smyrna church.
He seduces by pleasure. 2 Tim. 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, (KJV)
2 Tim. 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (KJV)
2 Samuel 13:1-2 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her.  And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do any thing to her. (KJV)
Psalm 51:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. (KJV)
He quotes Scripture to lead astray. Mat.4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. (KJV). . . (Psalm 91:11-12) Beware of people who spurt out Scripture but don't put it in action in their lives.
He tempts by pride. 1 Tim. 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. (KJV)
2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; (KJV)
Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. (KJV)
He tempts by impure thoughts. 1 Cor. 7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. (KJV) . . . Incontinency = lack of self control or self restraint. Evil actions begin with evil thoughts (Mark 7:20-23).
He hinders through circumstances. 1 Thes. 2:18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. (KJV) . . . We don’t know what hindered Paul from returning to Thessalonica . . . but Satan did something to keep him away. Many difficulties that prevent us from accomplishing God’s work is attributed to Satan ( Eph.6:12).
Severely strikes in a crisis. Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: (KJV) . . . Peter was certain that he would not turn away from Jesus. Jesus told Peter that he would deny Him 3 times before the cock would crow (verse 34). This proves just how much power Satan has!
Satan tries to make us deny Christ any way that he can. Satan is real. He is “the god of this age” (2 Cor. 4:4) and “the ruler of the kingdom of the air” (Eph. 2:2).
Makes lying promises. Gen.3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. (KJV)
He twists Scriptures. Mat.4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. (KJV)
Invents cunning plans. 2 Cor. 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (KJV)
He appears to be good, an angel of light. 2 Cor. 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (KJV)
We Must Resist Him
Deut. 13:8 Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: (KJV)
Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (KJV)
Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (KJV)
Ephes. 4:26-27 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  Neither give place to the devil. (KJV) . . . Don’t let anger take control of you.
Ephes. 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (KJV) . . . Most believers do not clothe themselves properly.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (KJV) . . . Unless we SUBMIT, let God have control of us, we don’t have a chance against the devil.
1 Peter 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (KJV)
1 John 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. (KJV) A TRUE believer cannot continue on in sin. It is
impossible, because the Holy Spirit within us convicts us of sin (Rom.8:9; John 14:16).
BEWARE of HIS TRICKS
2 Cor. 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (KJV)
2 Cor. 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (KJV)
Eph. 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (KJV) God’s armor is available to ALL God’s children.
2 Thes. 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (KJV) Him = Antichrist.
Rev. 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (KJV) That old serpent refers back to Gen.3:1, 4.
Rev. 20:7-8 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. (KJV)
Satan does NOT want you on Jesus’ side. He will do anything he can to make you turn away from Jesus! He hates Jesus and wants you to forget you ever heard about Him. You can win out over the devil with God’s help; for "greater is He who is in you (the Holy Spirit) than he who is in the world (the devil)." 1 John 4:4. You do NOT want to listen to the devil! BEWARE! He’s out to get you.
SATAN WORKING IN THE WORLD
Satan is the DEVIL. He is a slanderer, the arch-enemy of our spiritual welfare (Job 1:6; Rev. 2:10; Zech. 3:1). He is also called "the accuser of the brethen" (Rev. 12:10). In Leviticus 17:7 the word "devil" is the translation of the Hebrew sair, meaning a "goat" or "satyr" (Isaiah 13:21; 34:14), implying wood demons, the objects of idolatrous worship among the heathen. In Deut. 32:17 and Psalm 106:37 it means lord and idol, regarded by the Jews as a "demon." In the Gospels regarding the "casting out of devils" a different Greek word (daimon) is used. In the time of our Lord there were frequent cases of demoniacal possession (Matthew 12:25-30; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 4:35; Luke 10:18, etc.).
Satan is the adversary; accuser. When used as a proper name, the Hebrew word so rendered has the article “the adversary” (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7). In the New Testament it is used as interchangeable with Diabolos, or the devil, and is so used more than thirty times.
He is also called “the dragon,” “the old serpent” (Rev. 12:9; 20:2); “the prince of this world” (John 12:31; 14:30); “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2); “the god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4); “the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Eph. 2:2).
Satan’s distinct and diverse personality and his activity among people is highly recognized. He tempted our Lord in the wilderness (Mat.4:1-11). He is “Beelzebub, the prince of the devils” (Mat.12:24). He is the continual enemy of God, of Christ, of the divine kingdom, of the followers of Christ, and of all truth; full of falsehood and all malice, and exciting and seducing to evil in every possible way. He has great power in the world. He is a “roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). People are said to be “taken captive by him” (2 Tim. 2:26). Christians are warned against his “devices” (2 Cor. 2:11), and called on to “resist” him (James 4:7). Christ redeems His people from “him that had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Heb.2:14). Satan does have the power of death, NOT as lord, but merely as executioner. God allows him this power . . . for now! His power SHALL end one day.
Rev. 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (KJV)
Satan is indeed our worst enemy.
Facts on Satan, Witchcraft, Sorcery
Witchcraft (1 Sam.15:23; 2 Kings 9:22; 2 Chron. 33:6; Micah 5:12; Nah.3:4; Gal. 5:20). The "witch of En-dor" (1 Sam. 28) was a necromancer (one who faked) to hold conversations with the dead. The damsel with "a spirit of divination" (Acts 16:16) was possessed by an evil spirit.
Witchcraft can take on many different names: sorcery, necromancers, wizardry, voodoo, divination, magic, black magic, demonology, enchantment, occultism, alchemy, ocus pocus, trickery, fortune telling, horoscopes, deception, etc. ALL of these are wrong in God’s eyes!
A demon is an evil spirit. Daemon was used to refer to idols and pagan gods in general, as well as to spirits that might take possession of human beings. Such spirits were thought to be responsible for sickness, and could be expelled by means of exorcism. Demon is often synonymous with devil, which comes from the Greek diabolos or deceiver. Diabolos also refers to Satan, the prince of demons. Belief in evil spirits is very widespread intraditional cultures all over the world.
In the world today, witchcraft is a form of different kinds of magic practiced world wide. It is a dangerous sorcery connected with the worship of Satan (the devil).
God has NOTHING good to say about ANY form of witchcraft!
Lev.19:31 Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God. [KJV]
Lev. 20:6 And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. [KJV]
Lev.20:27 A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them. [KJV]
Witchcraft (sorcery) is forbidden by God! Deut. 18:9-14 When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.  There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,  Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.  For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.  Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.  For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do. [KJV] . . . God told Israel when they arrived in the Promised Land that He was giving them, to be very careful not to imitate the detestable customs of the nations living there. NEVER sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering, NEVER practice fortune-telling or sorcery, NEVER attempt to interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, NEVER cast spells, NEVER act as mediums or psychics, NEVER attempt to call forth the spirits of the dead. He said that anyone who did those things things is an object of horror and disgust to Him. He said it was because the other nations did those things that He would drive them out ahead of them. They were to remain blameless before the Lord God. The people Israel were about to displace consulted with sorcerers and fortune-tellers, and God absolutely forbid them to do such things. This not only goes for Israel, but for all who claim to be His people.
Lev.19:26 Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times. [KJV] . . . They were never to eat meat that had not been drained of its blood. They were never to practice fortune-telling or witchcraft. Today people are still fascinated by horoscopes, fortune-telling, witchcraft, and weird cults. They desire to know and control the future, and if someone deceives them and tells them they can foretell the future, they fall for it.
NO ONE can predict what lies ahead in the future. Only God knows the future!
Satan is just as dangerous today than he was in Moses’ time. In the Bible, God tells us all we need to know about what will happen. Any information Satan offers is will be distorted or completely false. Trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Bible. We do NOT need occult (Satanic) sources for wrong information.
Witchcraft (sorcery) denounced by God! Isaiah 8:19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? [KJV] . . . NEVER consult mediums and psychics. NEVER listen to their whisperings and mutterings. NO one can find out the future from the dead.
Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts. [KJV] . . . God will one day put ALL people on trial. He will be a ready witness against all sorcerers and adulterers and liars.
Messages of those who practice witchcraft are false! Zech. 10:2 For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd. [KJV] . . . Idols give false advice, fortune-tellers predict only lies, and interpreters of dreams pronounce comfortless falsehoods. Don't consult them!
2 Thes. 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, [KJV] . . . This verse is speaking of the Antichrist. The world today is readying itself for this man and his lies and false miracles.
2 Thes. 2:10-12 2 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. [KJV] Antichrist will use every kind of wicked deception to fool those who are on their way to destruction because they refuse to believe the Truth that would save them. So God will send great deception upon them, and they will believe all these lies. But, the bad thing is . . . ALL who believe the deception, the lies, shall be condemned for not believing the truth and for enjoying all the evil they do. This prophecy shall be fulfilled! Guaranteed!
Witchcraft belongs to the works of the flesh! Gal. 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, [KJV] . . . Any form of witchcraft, or any participation in demonic activities is NEVER right in God’s eyes! He condemns it. It is an abomination to Him (Deut.13:14).
Divining by familiar spirits is wrong. Lev.20:27; 1 Chron. 10:13; 2 Chron. 33:6; Isaiah 8:19; 19:3; 29:4
Divining by entrails is wrong. Eze.21:21.
Divining by images is wrong. 2 Kings 23:24; Eze.21:21.
Divining by rods or branches is wrong. Hosea 4:12.
Divination associated with idolatrous worship and demonic powers is witchcraft! Ex. 22:18; Lev.19:31; 20:6,27; Deut.18:10; 1Sam.15:23; 28:3,7; 2Kings 9:22; 21:6; 23:24; 1Chron.10:13; 2Chron.33:6; Isa.8:19; 19:3; 29:4; Mic.5:12; Nah.3:4; Gal.5:20.
Satanism is the worship of Satan, (devil worship). It involves black magic, sorcery, and the calling upon demons and the forces of darkness, who are appeased by blood sacrifices. Satanists believe that Satan is the power behind the processes of nature. Sin to them is only what is unpleasant. They consider the God of the Bible to be stern and moralistic, who restrains them from free expression with difficult and unnatural commandments under threat of punishment. They see Satan as the leader of a liberated people who are free and indeed encouraged to indulge in the good things of life, including unrestrained sexual activity. Satanism is identified with witchcraft.
Facts About Satan
Rev. 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. [KJV] . . . The devil very real. Originally Satan was an angel of God, but through his own pride, he became corrupt. Isaiah 14:13-14 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. [KJV] . . . Satan’s pride overpowered him. He wanted to be like Almighty God, he wanted to be god!
Satan is God’s enemy. He constantly tries to hinder God’s work, but he is absolutely limited by God’s power and can do only what God allows him to do (Job 1:6-2:8). The name Satan means "accuser" (Rev. 12:10). He vigorously looks for people that he can attack (1 Peter 5:8-9). He goes after believers who are vulnerable in their faith, who are spiritually weak, or those who are isolated from other believers. Even though God allows Satan to do his evil work in this world, God is still in control. And Jesus has complete power over Satan! Our Lord Jesus defeated Satan when He died and rose again for the sins of mankind. One day Satan will be bound forever, never again to do his evil work. Rev. 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. [KJV] Satan’s power is not eternal as is the God of the Bible. His power will one day come to a swift end, and he will meet his doom, along with every one who chooses to follow him and listen to his lies.
Satan began his evil work in mankind at the very beginning (Genesis 3:1-6). He is still at it! But he will be sentenced one day to the lake of burning sulfur (HELL), where he will never be released. He will never be a threat to anyone again.
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. [KJV]
Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. [KJV]
BEWARE!Anyone who chooses to follow Satan and listen to his lies will receive the same punishment as Satan. Please do not attempt any form of witchcraft or participate in it in any way. Satan is behind any and all of it! Please believe this! And whatever you do, do NOT worship the devil! Do NOT go over to his side in any way. Almighty God will not permit you to enter Heaven, but Hell instead!
If you want to go to Heaven, you must go through Jesus. He is the only Way to the Father who is in Heaven. Jesus is the "green Light" on your road as you travel.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. [KJV]
Acts 4:12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. [KJV]
1 John 5:10-12 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. [KJV]
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [KJV]
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. [KJV]
How can we stand up against his attacks?
Eph. 6:10-17 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (KJV) . . . In our Christian life we battle against evil spiritual rulers and authorities. These powerful evil forces of fallen angels (demons) are headed by Satan, who is a malicious fighter (see 1 Peter 5:8). There is NO way we can withstand their attacks on our own power! We must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor that is readily available for us. Our whole body needs to be armed and defended. As you battle against “the powers of this dark world,” fight in the strength of the Holy Spirit.
2 Thes. 3:1-3 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:  And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.  But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. (KJV) Hidden from view in our daily life, a savage struggle among invisible spiritual powers is going on. One of our main defenses is prayer, that God will protect us from the evil one and that He will strengthen us and give us wisdom.
Maybe the following can help you survive satanic attacks
(1) Take the threat of spiritual attack very seriously and personally.
(2) Pray for strength and help from God; realizing you cannot win on your own.
(3) Study the Bible to recognize Satan’s style and tactics.
(4) Memorizing Scripture is a great source of help no matter where you are.
(5) Let your friends be those who speak the Truth, and are honest, God-fearing people.
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