Dr. Derek Blake is out ill this week (please keep praying for him!) so I'm substituting a short piece I submitted before as a short Bible study to help us think of good and evil in this world. Lately, evil seems to be coming at us from many directions, it's real good to have an understanding of the real source of it.
Satan is alive, and doing quite well on planet Earth
This is the story of a beautiful Angel, serving the Most High God, and will try to cover the following: How this angel came to become satan, the enemy of the followers of God; what he’s up to now, how to handle it when satan, or his demons try to turn you from God, and the story ends with satan’s destruction when he’s thrown into the lake of fire. I will try to cover with Scripture references those parts of the story, which is a true and factual story, when I can but some of what I’m writing about is from what I’ve been taught, or learned on my own thru the leading of God’s Holy Spirit. I pray that all who read this increase their knowledge on the subject, and if any reader knows a scripture that clearly comes into conflict with anything written here to please contact me with this information so I can go back, study, and possibly correct the story. May God Bless all who read this, and the Holy Spirit bring the truth in it into your spirit to help you in your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior.
God created the universe we know of, and can see and send spaceships a little ways into. He also created “the Heavens” (Gen. 1:1) which to the writer of Genesis probably just meant the visible universe. But God also must have created a “place” called Heaven. Could be another dimension, or maybe a part of the universe, but it doesn’t appear to be as much of a physical place as it does a spiritual one. The Word (the Bible) seems to refer to Heaven a lot without really defining what it is or where it is. It does describe actions that went, and go, on there.
One such series of events described is how Satan came about, who he is, and what God’s plans for him are. Just exactly when this battle happened is unknown. What happened was that satan, along with 1/3 of the other angels, decided they were going to be equal to God. Since there can be only 1 God, God and all the other (good) angels “did battle” (it’s difficult for me to envision what happened during that battle; it was on a Spiritual plane of existence, not physical which causes this lapse in understanding). Of course, God won, and satan and all the other angels were thrown to Earth, exiled if you will, and forced to stay here. The angel satan turned into the devil, and the other angels with him became what we know as demons under satans control.Since satan was thrown to Earth, along with 1/3 of the other angels who wanted to be God also, God must have created Earth already so it must have been sometime before the Garden of Eden (as satan was there) but after the creation of the Earth.
Satan is in control of the lives of all the unsaved (Eph. 2: 1-3). He leads them in the opposite direction from God, away from things that might lead to salvation. Away from truthfulness, good relationships, good behavior, and righteousness and into sin, bondage, evil deeds and thoughts, and all unrighteousness. “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespass (controlled by satan) made us alive together with Christ (by Grace have you been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…” (Eph 2:4-6).
Satan’s influence on us can always be removed thru Christ Jesus. We are admonished to put on the whole armor of God to resist satan, and keep him away from us, so he has no influence in our lives (Eph. 6:14-18). Satan’s influence on others can be removed by prayer, except in some extreme cases of demon possession, where prayer and fasting are required ( Mark 9:14-29). Personally, I have found anointing the person with oil, laying hands (the more the better) on them, and also praying in tongues after praying to rebuke and remove the demon in Jesus name works well when I’m praying over someone the devil has laid claim to, but the Lord works differently in everyone’s lives. There are times in our lives that we feel, or are led to believe, that the “pull” of satan is stronger than usual, and we need help to resist it, at which time we are admonished to call upon the name of Jesus (consciously turning to Him for help, expecting He will, and letting Him help us do battle with satan) for help with the situation (Eph. 6:19).At times, I have had to get by myself somewhere, and just keep repeating “Help me Jesus” over and over until I can feel He has taken satan (or one of his demons) away from me. It’s really good to get into the habit of asking for Jesus help as a reflex action when confronted with an emergency. Say, your car starts sliding sideways on the ice (a common occurrence where I live in Minnesota), so you start repeating “Help me Jesus!” and He will! I did a double spin (turned completely around twice) with a compact car between 2 semi’s on a 4 lane highway once, and kept saying (quite excitedly!) “Help me, Jesus!”. In the 2nd spin, I could feel His hands on mine, and on my feet working the clutch, and I straightened out. I looked next to me, and one semi was into a full jackknife, sliding sideways down the road, and I prayed for him, and he (or she) brought it under control too. It was like we were dancing out there, this dangerous dance on wet ice but Praise God, no one hit anyone else, and we all straightened out and kept on going.
Satan’s influence on this world cannot be understated. In the Word, it says all who are not saved are under His power (Eph. 2:1-3). Satans goals are simple, and completely selfish. He wants to keep all who are not yet saved away from hearing the Word, and away from salvation at any cost, as then they are lost to him. He will tempt saved Christians. He even tried tempting Jesus with some powerful temptations (Matt. 4:1-11), which our Lord resisted by using Scripture He had memorized (well, it’s His Word, I suppose He would know it all!). Since the Word, and Jesus teachings are for us to learn and use, the recalling and verbally repeating relevant Scripture to ward off the devil and his cronies is commonly done, and works very well. Since satan has almost complete control of the World, apart from us, we need to separate ourselves from taking on a lot of the ways, values, and goals of the World. To just appreciate beauty, love people, and avoid destructive habits are also Godly as well as Worldly, these attributes are fine, but greed over money and possessions, backstabbing to obtain them, and resentments aren’t Godly, but are from satan and made into Worldly goals, we are not to take them on as our own. And, not because there’s some list somewhere of the do’s and don’ts of being a Christian. We avoid these things, and constantly strive to follow God’s path for our lives because we Love God and Jesus is our Lord, whom we Love also. We are grateful, and desire to please God. We are under Grace right now, no longer the Law although the Law has good, Godly ways we use to form a model with which we live by. But, that’s a whole ‘nuther study unrelated to this study on satan.
Satan knows his days are numbered, and knows what the end of his story is. He’s trying to fight a battle he cannot win. What he’s trying to do, and can accomplish, is to take as many poor souls with him into the lake of fire. Don’t allow yourself to be misled. Ask the Holy Spirit to point out any ways satan is coming against you with, and the Spirit will. Ask Jesus to help, and He will.
Bless you. May the Lord keep you safe in His loving hands, safe from evil- which is satan- all of your days.