1 Peter 5:8: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
The Christian life is a life of warfare. We are called to be good soldiers of the Lord Jesus Christ and “to war a good warfare.” The reason why the Christian life is warfare is because we have a terrible enemy who seeks to destroy us. That enemy is Satan. The Bible warns us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.”
Satan was originally created as a beautiful and wise angel named Lucifer, but pride entered his heart and he rebelled against God. Many of the angels of Heaven followed Satan in his rebellion against God.
Satan is called “the prince of the power of the air” because he and his fallen angels now inhabit the atmosphere above the earth. Though we cannot see them, Satan and his fallen angels are the very real enemies of the child of God. The Bible says, “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.”
How Does Satan Work?
Satan’s objective is to destroy people. The Lord Jesus said that he was “a murderer from the beginning.” Satan has many ways of destroying people, but his main weapons are deceit and lies.
Satan deceives people by making them think that all supernatural occurrences come from God. But all supernatural occurrences do not come from God. Satan and his evil spirits can do many miraculous things that are beyond the power of men. Jesus said that false prophets will come in the last days and deceive many people with “great signs and wonders.”
Satan hinders the work of God. When the gospel is preached, Satan is there to spread doubt and unbelief in the minds of those who hear it.
Satan oppresses Christians. He puts thoughts of doubt, fear, and discouragement into their minds. He tries to discourage them so they will not live for God.
Satan also tempts Christians to commit terrible sins. He tries to deceive them into thinking that it would not be wrong for them to do these things. He uses the things of the world to turn their hearts away from God and from doing His will. He tries to keep them from fully surrendering their lives to God.
We are going to begin looking at the Lords mighty victory over this terrible enemy. In this lesson series, we are also going to see how Christ’s victory is also our victory.
Why Did Jesus Christ Come Into the World?
First John 3:8 says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
The cross is the place where Christ redeemed men from the power of Satan. Satan held men captive because of sin; but, on the cross, the Lord Jesus paid for our sins. He cancelled all of Satan’s rights over us. Men can now choose who they will serve. Those who choose Jesus Christ as their Lord are delivered from the power of Satan. The Bible says that God has “delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.”
The cross is also the place where Satan was defeated. The Bible says that the Lord Jesus took our nature upon Him that “through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.”
When the Lord Jesus died on the cross, it seemed as though the powers of darkness were victorious over Him. But on the third day He arose from the grave with a mighty triumph over Satan and the powers of darkness.
The Lord Jesus appeared on the earth for a period of 40 days after His resurrection. Before He ascended back into Heaven, He said, “ALL POWER is given unto Me in Heaven and in earth.”
Although Satan tries to control and influence the world, the ultimate power and authority in the universe rests in Jesus Christ. Any power that Satan had over mankind was stripped from him when Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Sinners do not have to remain in bondage to Satan and Christians do not have to walk in fear of Satan because Jesus Christ gained the victory over Satan through His death and resurrection.
Lord willing, in our next class, we will continue looking at what Christ’s victory over Satan means for the Christian today.
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!