Acts 26:18..turn them from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God..forgiveness of sins..inheritance among sanctified by faith...
1Pt 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 resist...faith
1Tim 4:1 Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons
1Tim 5:15 Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan 2Cor 2:11 lest Satan take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices
I. Rules over the entire world w/ Supernatural Power, does miracles, controls the elements, eats believers
Eph 2:2 in which you once walked acc to the course of this world, acc to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind...
2Cor 4:4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded Heb 2:14 might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil
Lk 4:5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, "All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, said to Him...10 For it is written:...13 opportune
Dan 10:13 prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me 21 days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me...
Shapeshifter 2Cor 11:14 Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Cf Adam and Eve Serpent
Miracles 2Thess 2:9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders
Mk 13:22 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
Job 1:16 fire of God fell from heaven..burned up 19 great wind came from across the wilderness and struck 2:7 Satan struck Job boils
Mt 7:22 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'
II. Operates under the Permission of God (general and specific)
Lk 22:31 Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat
Job 1:12 LORD said to Satan "all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person." Satan went out from the presence of the LORD
2Thess 2:6 restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.
Dt 13:1 prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 comes to pass 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet..testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.
III. Has access to our thoughts and hearts, can control our bodies, minds, and actions (yes even believers)
Physical Job 2:7 Lk13:16 woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound 1Cor 5:5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh Acts 10:38 healing all who were oppressed by the devil, 2Cor12:7 , a thorn in the flesh a messenger of Satan
Mental Mt 16:23 "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me..not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men” Lk 4:8
Removes Truth Replaces it w/ Lies Lk 8:12 devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved
Mk 4:15 word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts
Emotions/Desires Jn 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do..no truth in him..he is a liar
Volitional 1Ch 21:1 Satan provoked David to number Israel. Ac 5:3 why has Satan filled/controlled your heart to lie to the HS
2Tim 2:26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
Jn 13:2 the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas to betray Him, 27 after bread, Satan entered him.Lk 22:3 Jn 6:70
Hinders ministry 1Thes 2:18 wanted to come to you-but Satan hindered us.1Tim 1:20 whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn
Acts 13:10 full of all deceit, all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness..perverting the straight ways of the Lord?
Exploits believer's weaknesses 1Cor 7:5 so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
1Tim 3:6 Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
IV. Victory is ours in Christ
Eph 4:27 nor give place to the devil 6:11 Put on whole armor of God..to stand against the wiles of the devil.
1Jn 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
SOS: Submit to God to Shore up Defenses, Overcome Dark Lies with the Light of the Truth, Stand in the Strength of Jesus
*1. SUBMIT 'n Purify Js 4:6-8 submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you 8 draw near to God..cleanse hands..purify heart
2. Overcome Lies w/ Truth Jn 8:32 know Truth..set you free 2Cor 10:5 bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ
3. Stand as part of His BodyEph 6:13 whole armor of God, withstand in the evil day 14 Stand ..with truth..righteousness..faith..pray
Conditions for answered prayer Pr 28:9 One who turns away his ear from hearing the la, Even his prayer is an abomination.
Jn 15:7 If you abide in Me, & My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, it shall be done for you 1Jn 5:14 acc to His will
Ja 4:3 You ask and do not receive, b/c you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures 4 friend of the world..enemy of God.
Isa 59:2 your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.
Questons for Reflection/Discussion/Response:
- In what sense is Satan the god of this age? What's his agenda? How does he accomplish it? How do he and the demons/powers “rule”?
- If you were Satan, how would you keep believers from seeking God and having an intimate, vibrant relationship with Him acc to His will?
- How do explain the people who don't fulfill the Biblical requirements for getting their prayers answered, yet get the answers to their prayers?
- If Satan ensnares believers without their even knowing it, how can they keep out of his clutches? What role does the Body play?
- What steps can you take to ensure that you are free, will remain free and not become a casualty? See Defense Against Dark Arts Study Guide