Most people laugh at the very idea of a personal devil yet they cannot explain all the evil in the world. Because they do not believe in the existence of the devil or in a real place called Hell, they also think that everyone goes to heaven. If something is true and therefore real, it does not matter whether anyone believes it or not for it to be deadly!
The Bible is God’s Word and He teaches us that the devil is real. If we don’t believe what God says, we won’t understand that Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. We will have no answers for a destroyer at work behind the scenes who uses people even if they don’t believe in him.
He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are. Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother. 1 John 3:8, 10
The devil is an evil, wicked spirit and the source of all human misery. He has many names: Satan, Beelzebub, the evil one, prince of this world, father of lies, murderer, slanderer, schemer, the accuser, serpent, and dragon. A dragon is a dangerous monster and a serpent implies poisonous qualities. Satan means “enemy” or “adversary.” The devil’s names describe who he is.
Unlike God who has always existed, the devil is a created being. Though he is very powerful, God has set limits on him. God alone has power over the devil.
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him. Acts 10:38
Satan’s Rebellion Against God
Did you know that the very first war began in heaven? Sometime after God created Satan and before the creation of mankind, Satan rebelled against God and he took one third of the angels with him. These angels are now called demons.
And there was a war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down, that ancient serpent, called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. “But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury because he knows that his time is short.” Revelation 12:7-9, 12
The war against God on earth continues today in the conflict between good and evil. We are living in the last days so Satan’s work has become more intense. Whose side are you on?
The Bible tells us that the rebellion began when Satan became proud and tried to take the place of God. Pride is therefore called the original sin.
You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings. Ezekiel 28:14-17
The Bible describes the pride that was in Satan’s heart.
You said in your heart, “I will ascent to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High. Isaiah 14:13-14
Satan’s rebellion continues in the hearts of those who unwittingly follow him. All rebellion against God is called sin. When we act in pride, we too take the place of God and serve only ourselves. We reject God’s right as our Creator to rule us. The war for hearts and minds will continue until Jesus Christ returns to earth again.
Speaking of Jesus Christ: Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
The First Temptation
Adam and Eve first meet Satan sometime after God removed him from heaven. The devil continued his rebellion against God by taking the form of a beautiful serpent in the Garden of Eden to tempt Eve to disobey God. God had commanded Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because they would surely die. They both ate!
Now the serpent was craftier than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. The woman told God, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals.” Genesis 3:1, 13-14
Eve believed the devil’s lies and followed him rather than obeying God, and Adam chose to follow Eve and not the Word of the Lord. Temptation is not sin. Acting on temptation gives life to sin. Both Adam and Eve sinned against God when they ate from the forbidden tree.
Today, Satan continues to deceive by appearing to be good.
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
Satan is behind all temptation to sin. Jesus defeated the devil’s temptation by knowing and using the Word of God against him.
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. Matthew 4:1, 10-11
By faith, we too can defeat Satan by believing and obeying the Word of God. Satan tempts us to question God’s Word and His goodness, especially in trying circumstances. He tempts us to look at our problems rather than God’s sufficiency. Satan tempts us to find His desires more attractive than following God; to believe that we can sin and never pay a price. He tempts us to be too busy for spiritual things. Satan’s goal: Believe his lies so you will worship and follow him and not God.
Jesus told his disciples: Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Matthew 26:41
Trust God alone to resist the temptation to sin against God.
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Satan is a Defeated Foe
Jesus told His disciples: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” Luke 10:18
The Lord is Almighty God, the supreme authority in the universe. Nothing God created will ever be superior to Him; surely not Satan! God cursed Satan in the Garden of Eden and He revealed His plan for man’s redemption from sin.
The Lord God tells Satan: I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel. Genesis 3:15
After Adam and Eve sinned, God promised that Satan would be defeated by one of the woman’s future offspring. The New Testament reveals that the promised Messiah was God’s Son, Jesus Christ. The critical blow to Satan came when Jesus Christ shed his blood on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. His defeat was assured when God raised Him from the dead three days later. Only in Christ Jesus do we have God’s indwelling power over sin. Is Jesus your Savior?
Jesus said, “Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself. He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. John 12:31-33
Satan is still our very dangerous enemy on earth so we must depend on God’s strength and not our own to defeat him. When Jesus Christ returns to earth as judge, the devil will one day be thrown into hell forever along with his followers.
Hell is a Real Place
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28
The Bible paints a chilling picture of spending eternity in hell where the devil will reside, along with all who rejected Jesus Christ while living on earth.
Jesus teaches about the final judgment: “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on His left. Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Matthew 25:31-33, 41, 45-46
The Bible is clear: Let those who love the Lord hate evil. Psalm 97:10
Jesus warns us to take God seriously: “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where “their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.” Mark 9:43-48
Hell is a place of eternal torment with unquenchable fire.
Choose Life in Christ
Every person born was created by God but must decide whom they will serve while on earth.
“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15
Choose salvation in Christ alone. Choose to follow Jesus. Is Jesus your Savior?
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Romans 16:20
Expect God to Speak to You from His Word and Transform your life!
Personal Bible study for “The Devil is Real!”
Week 1: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-15; Job 1:6-12; Psalm 97:10; Proverbs 6:16-19; 8:13, 17; 16:4-5; Isaiah 14:9-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Zechariah 3:1-4; Matthew 4:1-11; 10:28; 12:22-28; 13:36-43; 16:18, 21-23; 23:1, 33; 25:31-33, 41-46; 26:41
Week 2: Mark 9:43-48; Luke 4:1-15, 31-37; 8:11-12; 10:17-20; 16:13-15, 19-31; 22:3-6, 31-32; John 3:16-21; 5:24, 28-29; 6:70; 8:42-47; 12:31-33; 14:6, 30-31; 16:7-11; 17:15-16; Acts 4:12; 5:1-4; 10:38-43; 13:4-12; 26:15-18; Romans 5:12-14; 6:23; 8:38-39; 16:20; 1 Corinthians 7:1-5; 10:6-13; 2 Corinthians 2:10-11; 4:4; 11:3, 13-15
Week 3: Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 2:1-10; 4:26-27; 6:10-18; Colossians 1:13-14; 1 Thessalonians 2:17-18; 3:5; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; 3:2-3; 1 Timothy 3:1, 6-7; 5:14-15; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; 3:1-5; Hebrews 2:14-18; 4:14-16
Week 4: James 1:13-15; 2:18-20, 26; 3:6-7, 14-16; 4:4-7, 17; 1 Peter 5:8-9; 2 Peter 2:4-10; 1 John 1:8-10; 2:15-17; 3:4-10; 4:4-6; 5:18-19; Jude:6-10, Revelation 2:9-13, 24-25; 3:9-10; 12:7-13, 17; 13:1-9; 16:13-16; 20:1-3, 7-15, 21:5-8
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