- He was once an angel named Lucifer. He was an anointed covering cherub, perfect in beauty. He had been in the Garden of Eden. He was covered in precious jewels. He was perfect in all his ways from the day he was created until iniquity was found in him (Ezekiel 28:12-15)
- He became proud and ambitious, desiring to be like God. He envisioned exalting his throne above the stars of God, ascending above the heights of the clouds. He was no longer satisfied with the privileges he already had. He wanted more. Pride, envy and covetousness consumed him and ultimately led him into rebellion. Using his wisdom, he managed to get one third of the angels on his side.
- As a result he was cast down from Heaven, an event Jesus Himself witnessed. “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from Heaven.” – Luke 10:18.
- He was cast down to the earth. “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” – Revelation 12:12.
- Lucifer after sinning against God was no longer a light bearer. He became Satan, which means Adversary.
- He is known by many names. Revelation 12:9 refers to him as the old serpent called the devil and Satan. When he was in the Garden of Eden, he used as his medium a serpent, the subtlest of the animals.
- Using subtlety instead of an outright attack on God, Satan managed to deceive Eve into sinning. He lied to her by downplaying the consequences of sin. “Ye shall not surely die.” – Genesis 3:4. Eve believed him, ate the fruit and gave some to her husband. Thus, sin was introduced on earth.
- Everything God is, Satan is not. God is truth, Satan is not. The Bible says he is a liar. Those who follow him are also liars. “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” John 8:44.
- God is not of this world, Satan is. The moment he brought sin into it, it became his. He is known as the prince of this world.
- He misuses scriptures, insinuates himself anywhere such as among the disciples, among friends, families and in the church.
- He is a deceiver. He and his angels can become whatever they want to be in the war against God and His people. “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” – 2 Corinthians 11:14, 15. If there are false Christs, false prophets and false apostles then, it is very likely that the Mary seen by many is false as well. Satan uses those close to us to get what he wants. He knows how to secure men’s worship.
We are warned about this. “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4. Using the mother of Jesus is one way to secure worship. He has succeeded in replacing the Bible’s teaching that there is one Intercessor by establishing Mary as the intercessor to the intercessor.
- Doubt is one of his weapons. He used it when he deceived Eve. He was in essence asking her in Genesis 3:1, “Did God really say that you can’t eat from every tree in the garden?” In other words, “Are you sure He really said that?” He makes us doubt God’s word, His love and His promises. He makes us think that we are so sinful that God cannot possibly forgive us.
- He is always scheming, looking for a way to get to us. As soon as he knows our weaknesses, he will use them against us. He used Cain’s jealousy of Abel; Sarah’s desire for a child; Saul’s jealousy of David; Judas’ weakness for money.
- He afflicts people. “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?” – Luke 13:16. It is interesting that Jesus used the Sabbath Day as an illustration of undoing Satan’s work. He is using the Lord’s Day to restore God’s creation, which Satan crippled with sin.
Now that we know what the devil is capable of we can better deal with him and the Bible tells us how to do this. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” – James 4:7. We are exhorted to be humble for God gives grace to the humble and resists the proud. It was pride that caused the fall of Lucifer and man. Humility brings us closer to God. Pride draws us away. God’s Word is your best defense against the devil. Jesus used it in the wilderness when the devil tried to tempt Him. Take Paul’s advise and “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).