People have a misconception about who Satan is and what power he has over people.  We tend to blame all evil on Satan and say everything good is from God.

The book of Job talks about how Satan talked to God about Job and the resulting trials that Job had to endure.

The word Satan is mentioned 7 times in the first chapter where Satan talked to God about Job.  His name is mentioned again 7 times in the second chapter where again Satan is talking to God about Job.

Satan's name is never mentioned again in the next 40 chapters of Job.  Never did Job accuse Satan of causing the trials.  Instead Job recognized that the trials came from God.

Notice in the first chapter what Job had to say after he received all the reports of the evil that had befallen him.

Job 1:20-21 20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, 21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. KJV

Notice: "the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away" not Satan.

Also notice the comment in the last chapter of Job.  Job 42:11 11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: KJV

The evil that the Lord had brought upon him.  Again it was not Satan.

Who is he?

Job 1:7 7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. (KJV)

1 Pet 5:8 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (KJV)

So many people have a false perception of who Satan is and what powers he has.  I do not believe it is even wise to talk about Satan and mention his names, very often.  Each mention of his name only brings honor and attention to him.  That is exactly what he wants.

Where is he from?

Rev 12:7-9 7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (KJV)

Isa 14:12-15 12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. (KJV)

Satan was originally one of the highest angels in Heaven.  Because of rebellion against God and because he tried to take God's power to himself, he was cast out.

Satan desired to exalt his throne above that of the Son of God.

What Powers does he have?

2 Cor 12:7 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. (KJV)

1Thes 2:18 18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. (KJV)

2 Cor 11:14-15 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 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. (KJV)

Acts 5:3 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? (KJV)

There is a third power that mankind must learn to overcome!

Josh 24:15 15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (KJV)

God gave man the right to choose between good and evil.

God will not force His will on any man.

Satan cannot force his will on any man.

God entices mankind to choose good things.

Satan entices mankind to choose evil things.

The most difficult power and influence that mankind has to face and overcome in the world today is human nature itself!

Gen 6:5 5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (KJV)

Gen 8:21 ... for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth;.... (KJV)

Mark 7:21-23 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. (KJV)

James 4:3-7 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (KJV)

There are three great powers at work in our world.  God's power leads to good!  Satan's power leads to sin and destruction.  Human nature leads us to submit to the evil influences of Satan.

God cannot force you to serve Him.

Satan cannot force you to serve him.

The human nature of mankind seeks to lead us in paths that lead away from God.  Human nature leads us to allow the inner evil to control our lives and makes it easy for us to submit and allow Satan to rule our lives.

The enemy that we must each overcome is the human nature within each of us.  The enemy within is our number one enemy!

We must recognize Satan as our enemy and as an enemy of God, but he has no power over us unless we choose to let him into our lives and choose to follow the pathway that he wants us to walk.  Yes, he will place temptations before us, but it is we ourselves who must choose which path to walk.

The statement "the devil made me do it" is a lie.

John 12:31 31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. (KJV)

Eph 2:2-9 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV)

We must overcome the natural desires of the human heart, and submit our lives to God's care and keeping, or there is no hope for us.  Without God's spirit in our heart, without being born again, we will never arrive at a state of righteousness.  Without being washed in the blood of Christ, and submitting our lives to Him as long as we live upon this earth, and accepting the gift of salvation, we cannot be righteous.

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