Satan first appears in Heaven as one of God’s highest angels called Lucifer. He had access to Heaven, earth, and to God Himself. That was not good enough for Satan, and he grew tired of worshiping God and chose to rebel from His authority. Satan desired to be worshiped, not only by the angels but by God Himself. Because of his pride, a sin, Satan was cast from Heaven along ⅓ of the angels, called demons, to earth.
“How you are fallen from Heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, I will ascend to Heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit” (Isaiah 14:12-15).
The next time we see Satan is in the Garden of Eden, where he is creating doubt in the minds of Adam and Eve. Ironically, he was promising them they too could become a god, which is why Satan was sent to earth.
“But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:4-5).
At the moment, Satan roams the earth, tempting people into sin and thus separating them from God. He is a master deceiver and liar. At times, it seems like he is winning the battle for people’s hearts and minds in all walks of life.
1 Peter 5:8 states, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
John 14:30, Jesus called Satan the “prince of this world,” and the
Apostle Paul referred to him as the “ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient” (Ephesians 2:2).
There is no middle ground or a fence to sit on when it comes to whom we worship. If a person is not a child of God, they are, by default, a child of Satan. It seems like a harsh statement, but it is true. It does not mean that God has stopped loving you. He is jealous for you by not wanting anything or anybody to come between you and God. He gave His life to have a relationship with us.
James 4:4 explains that anyone who is a friend of the world is an enemy of God.
“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters” (Matthew 12:30).
All humans, since the beginning of time, have been tempted to sin against God by Satan. The Hebrew word for Satan is adversary. He comes disguised as an Angel of Light which includes counterfeit Christians, including ministers, leaders, teachers, lecturers, authors, and others who deliver a false gospel and deny that Jesus is the Son of God.
For those who are attracted and addicted to Satanic movies, games, clubs, and satanic internet websites are opening themselves up to Satanic oppression or possession. If the door is open he will come in and possess the non-believer or oppress the believer.
No human is strong enough to win a battle against Satan and his demons. Wisdom, strength, and power must come from God Himself for us to “stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). When we walk with God, Satan cannot ever take us from our Father’s hand or from God’s love for us.
“My Father. . .is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand” (John 10:29).
Absolutely nothing can ever separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38–39).
“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). We do this by avoiding things that will drag us down spiritually, including friends hostile toward God. Disobedience and persistent waywardness provide the enemy grounds to attack and cause us to stumble. Do not give the devil a foothold (Ephesians 4:27).
Choose this day whom you will serve. If you are a lukewarm Christian, please, repent and ask forgiveness of your sin. If you have not committed to believing that Jesus is the Son of God and your Savior, do so now.
“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:12).