Lesson #9

Satan Our #1 Enemy

     Our #1 enemy is Satan.  The more we can know about Satan, the better prepared we will be to defend ourselves.  Satanís main objective is to cause each of us to lose our soul in the burning fires of Hell.  We must constantly watch out for Satan.  He is very dangerous!  Satan is real.  Satan can appear in many different forms.  Satan is a master of disguise.  He and his ministers can appear to us so innocently.

     Satan knows all of our weaknesses and how to tempt and deceive us.  In Genesis 2:16-17, God told Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or they would die.  But in Genesis 3:4, Satan told Eve, "You shall not surely die."  Satan only added the word "not" to what God said and changed it into a lie.

     Satan is working all the time to destroy the faith of Christians.  Paul says, "Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices" (2 Corinthians 2:11).  Satanís main weapon is deceit.  He is described as the "serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world" (Revelation 12:9).  Satan uses many techniques to deceive us to sin.  "For Satan transforms himself into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness" (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

     One of the ways Satan deceives people is by using false teachers who pretend to be servants of Christ, but are actually servants of Satan.  Satan does not appear in a red suit carrying a pitchfork, but many times he is a well-dressed smooth talking denominational preacher carrying a Bible.  For, "false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible even the elect" (Matthew 24:24).  There is much false teaching in religion today.  Paul says, "That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting" (Ephesians 4:14).  Satan uses all kinds of trickery and deceptions by perverting Godís word to make others believe that man made doctrines are the divine truth.

     Satanís main resource is a lie.  Jesus says concerning Satan, "When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it" (John 8:44).  The children of the Devil refuse to accept the truth.  In the Parable of the Sower Jesus says, "Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the Devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved" (Luke 8:12).  How do we protect ourselves from the devices of Satan?  We must "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  Resist him, steadfast in the faith" (1 Peter 5:8-9).  The Devil never rests. He is always looking for ways to entice people to sin.  Satan is dangerous to our spiritual welfare.  He wants us to be lost.  He wants our company in Hell where he will be.

     Satan can be defeated, if we stand fast in the faith.  "Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you" (James 4:7-8).  When we repent of sin and do Godís will, then the Devil will flee from us for the time being.  But he will be back.  If we draw near to God, God will help us.  We must be on guard "so that Satan does not tempt you" (1 Corinthians 7:5), "lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin" (Hebrews 3:13).  "So that they may know the truth, 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" (2 Timothy 2:25-26).  When one departs from God, he becomes a captive of the Devil.  Satan tempts people to sin by deceiving their thoughts; but they sin of their own free will.  People can be forgiven of their sins by repenting and obeying Godís will; thereby, escaping the snare of Satan.

     There is a spiritual battle that has been going on with Satan since the creation.  Paul told Timothy to "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life" (1 Timothy 6:12) and that "You must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ" (2 Timothy 2:3).  In our spiritual battle with Satan we must be prepared for the fight and to protect ourselves by taking "up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day" (Ephesians 6:13).  Notice we must have on ďthe whole armor of GodĒ, we cannot be partially prepared.  We must "stand" and have girded our "waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness" (Ephesians 6:14).  We are to be truthful in all we say and do, and we are to live a faithful, righteous, and devout life.

     We are to shod our "feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace" (Ephesians 6:15).  The Christian is always ready and eager to go and spread the gospel to others.  We must take up "the shield of faith which is able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one" (Ephesians 6:16).  If we are weak in the faith, we will be vulnerable to Satan.  We overcome temptation and persecution by our faith in God.  Our faith in God is strengthened by the study of His word (Romans 10:17).

     We must "take the helmet of salvation" (Ephesians 6:17).  The assurance of our great salvation keeps us going when we are tempted and tried.  In our fight with Satan we must use "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephesians 6:17) as a powerful defensive and offensive weapon.  "For the word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword" (Hebrews 4:12).  We must regularly study Godís word, both privately and in Bible class at church.

     In our battle we must be "praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit" (Ephesians 6:18).  We must be steadfast in our prayers to God with our thanksgiving, confession of sins, and pleas for help.  And as a soldier of Christ we are to be "watchful to this end with all perseverance" (Ephesians 6:18).  We are to be spiritually alert as we watch out for our enemy, Satan.  We must persevere all the days of our life.  If we put on the whole armor of God and remain faithful, Satan cannot defeat the faithful Christian.

     Godís word says, "many false prophets are gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1).  These false prophets are servants of Satan.  There were many false prophets in the first century just as there are many today.  Jesus says, "Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many" (Matthew 24:11)Ö"They are blind leaders of the blind.  And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch" (Matthew 15:14).  Jesus warns us to "Beware of false teachers who come to you in sheepís clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves" (Matthew 7:15).  A ravening wolf is going to kill and destroy.  The purpose of a false prophet is to deceive, just as they are doing today.  Anything that is more than, less than, or different from what God says in the Bible is false doctrine of Satan, which is designed to cause people to be eternally lost (Revelation 22:18-19).

     Satan will get what is due him.  Revelation 20:10 says, "The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstoneÖ.and they shall be tormented day and night forever and ever."  But also notice verse 15, "And anyone not found in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire."  We must always be prepared to fight Satan.      

     To protect our souls we must study Godís word and faithfully follow what it says in doing only what God says, all of what God says, in the way God says, and for the reason God says.

Questions Lesson #9
Satan Our #1 Enemy

(Click on the button of the answer of your choice)

1)  (Revelation 12:9) Satan deceives 

      Just a few people.

      The whole world.

      No one.

2)  (2 Corinthians 2:11) Satan does not want to take advantage of us.

3)  (2 Corinthians 11:14-15) Satan has ministers here on the earth who

      Appear as ministers of righteousness.

      Are easily detected by all people.

      Would never deceive us.

4)  (Revelation 12:9) Satan goes about to deceive the whole world.

5)  (Ephesians 4:14) People can be tossed to and fro

      By the truth of God's word.

      By every wind of doctrine and trickery of men.

      If they study their Bible too much.

6)  (John 8:44) Satan does not lie.

7)  (1 Peter 5:8-9) Satan goes about

      And will not hurt anyone.

      Trying to help people.

      Seeking whom he may devour.

8)  (James 4:7-8) If we will resist the Devil he will flee from us.

9)  (Hebrews 3:13) What will harden us?

      Doing God's will.

      The deceitfulness of sin.

      Studying our Bible.

10)  (2 Timothy 2:25-26) Satan wants to snare or trap us.

11)  (Ephesians 6:13) In our fight against Satan

      We must not be too concerned about it.

      We must put on the whole spiritual armor of God.

      Satan will not attack us if we are spiritually weak.

12)  (1 John 4:1) There are no false prophets in the world.

13)  (Matthew 15:14) If the blind lead the blind

      They will help each other.

      But the blind cannot lead the blind.

      Both will fall into the ditch.

14)  (Matthew 7:15) False teachers will not try to disguise themselves.

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