As surely as there is a living God in heaven, there is a devil. The devil is a real being. It matters not if you believe in him, it will not change the fact that he truly exists. The word of God says that there is a devil, and it is so. He is the prince and the power of the air, he is the god of this world. He is the serpent, he is Lucifer, he is Satan. And Satan has a plan for your life. His plan for your life includes;
Temptation. Not towards good, but towards evil. Not towards God, but towards himself, away from God. Temptation to sin. He will lure you, seduce you, manipulate you, coerce you, whatever it takes to lead you down the road to sin and destruction. He knows you well. He studies you. He knows your weaknesses. He knows your pet sins, where you are most vulnerable, and will use those sins against you. He would not have you fear God and depart from evil, but he would have you shun and reject God and indulge in evil. Satan is the great tempter.
Lies. Satan is a liar. Jesus said to the Pharisees, "Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not." (John 8:43-45 KJV). He will fill your head with lies. Big fat lies, sweet little lies. Satan is a natural liar, lies are his natural tongue and language. White lies, half truths, and disinformation are included in this package. His plan does not include the truth that will set you free, nor the truth that will save your soul. He wants you to have a lack of knowledge concerning the truth, to be void of understanding. He will dumb you down. He knows the Scriptures well, and will use them craftily against you to lead you into fatal error. Satan is a master of lies. There is no truth in him. If you are believing his lies you cannot hear nor understand the word of God, and cannot believe the truth. You are right where Satan wants you to be.
Deception. Being the father of lies, Satan wants you deceived. One of his great deceptions is that he does not even exist. He wants you to think and believe that what you think and believe is true, apart from the word of God. He wants you to think that there is no God. Or, he wants you to think that there is a God and to be very religious. Satan wants you very busy, active, and about his business. Your work is very important to him. Salvation by works is at the heart of his gospel. Beware! Another great masterful deception of his is to make folks think they are saved when they are not saved at all. He will beguile you with many attractive crafts, amusements, entertainments, and deceptions. Sleight of hand, cunning, and trickery are his speciality. He is the master of illusion.
Sweet Savour. Jesus said to Satan..."Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men". (Matthew 16:23 KJV). Satan savours the things of men. Satan wants you to savour the things of men. The things of the world, the things of the earth. Not the things of God. He wants you to be worldly, sensual, carnal, to love the things of this world. It's wisdom, it's philosophy, it's beliefs. His plan includes the shunning of the word of God as foolishness."For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18 KJV). Satan wants you to reject the Gospel, neglect the Gospel, mock the things of God, and see the things of God as foolishness. His plan and purpose for your life is that you perish, to distract you from ever being truly saved by the Lord. If you are saved, he wants to weaken you and cause you to stumble. Satan has many a sweet delight for man to savour, to lure them away from the truth of the Gospel of Christ Jesus the Lord.
Worship. Satan tempted the Lord Jesus with worship. "Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." (Matthew 4:8-11 KJV). Satan desired the worship of Jesus Himself! He desires your worship as well. Worship other gods, worship self, worship him. Maybe worship a false "Christ". He is hidden behind all false worship. Worship anyone but the Lord God of heaven, anyone but the true and real Lord Jesus Christ. Ultimately Satan desires to be worshipped as God, on the throne of God.
Faith. Belief. Satan would have you have a form of belief, a form of faith. Even in God. Satan and his devils believe in God, and tremble. "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." (James 2:19 KJV). He will have you believe and have faith in anything under the sun, as long as it is not Biblical faith in Christ Jesus the Lord alone for salvation. He would have you avoid repentance and faith towards God like the plague. He does not want you free from sin. Belief in yourself is one of his favorite teachings. Belief in another Jesus, a Jesus other than the true Jesus according to the Scriptures, is his grand deception.
Gospel. Satan has a gospel of his own. A gospel of self. A man-centered gospel, a social gospel. A works gospel. Many false prophets are in the world, and they are all working for Satan. They transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, pretending to be someone they are not. Beware, they preach a gospel. Many come in the name of Christ, preach a Christ, and teach a Christ that is not according to the Scriptures. "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1: 6-9 KJV). Men preach another gospel. Women preach another gospel. Even angels may come in visions with a new revelation, another gospel. Satan's gospel is accursed and doomed by the wrath of God. A damnable heresy that leads souls astray into the pit of hell. Satan has Bibles, Bible Schools, and lots of gospel music that seems to honor God. It may honor God with the lips, but Satan's heart is far from God. His desire is to see your heart remain far from God as well. His agenda is to remove you from the true Gospel with another gospel, or to remove the true Gospel from you and replace it with another gospel.
Church. Satan desires worship. Satan encourages faith and belief. Satan has a gospel. Satan has ministers. Satan has Bibles. And Satan has churches. Lots of churches. Satan loves church. He has small, humble churches. He has megachurches. "Go to church" is his catch phrase. Note the phrase "go to church" is nowhere in God's word. Satan has temples, cathedrals, and massive arenas. They attract the masses. Satan is deeply religious. Long robes are often his trademark, not horns and a pitchfork. Nearly all buildings that are called "churches" are his. “Satan has certainly been the best friend the church has ever had, as he has kept it in business all these years.” A quote from Anton Szandor LaVey, author of The Satanic Bible. Yes, Satan is a friend to these apostate "church" systems that have beautifully adorned structures and buildings called "churches". In the word of God, the "church" is simply a called out assembly of believers. Those whom the Lord Jesus has saved. These believers met in homes rather than large, organized structures. Satan desires that one be in one of his churches every time the door is open. The "unchurched" are looked down upon, and made to feel guilty and ashamed. Beware, Satan has churches.
Captivity. To bind you up in sin and affliction. Jesus healed a woman on the Sabbath day in the Gospel of Luke. The Jews did not like it one bit. Jesus answered them "And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" (Luke 13:16 KJV)( For full context, see Luke 13:14-17 KJV). Satan binds men and women. This woman was bound for 18 long years. Satan's will for your life is that you be bound in sin, addicted to sin, and wallowing in the muck and mire of sin. For you to be good slave to sin is his plan for you. He wants you as a captive. "And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." (2 Tim 2:26 KJV). His plan for your life includes living in sin. Pride, which is a sin, is his purpose for your life. Satan oppresses and depresses the soul, and afflicts man with many an ailment. Jesus set the woman free. The Lord Jesus has come to set you free.
Possession. Satan wants to have you, and to sift you as wheat. He desired to do so with Simon Peter..."And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:" (Luke 22:31 KJV) He wants you for his own. All of you. He wants your love and devotion, he wants your very soul. Many make a deal with him, selling their own souls to the devil. He wants control over you, he wants to possess you. Literally.
Treasure Hunt. Satan wants to devour you. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:". (1 Peter 5:8 KJV). Like a lion on the prowl, he seeks flesh to eat, blood to drink, souls to devour. He wants to rip you and your life to pieces, all the while promising peace and safety. He has no love or care for you. He does not treasure you nor your company. He is a predator on the hunt for your very soul. Satan would have you drunken with the pleasures of the world, sedated if you will, weak and blinded. The hunt is on. He walks about. He seeks WHOM he may devour, those who are not aware of him, ignorant of his devices, naive to his deceptions, those fallen prey to his beguilements.
Advantage. He wants to have advantage over you. "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." (2 Corinthians 2:11 KJV). Satan wants you to remain ignorant of his many devices against you. Darkness is his domain, and his plan is to keep you in darkness where he may work his plan for your life in secret.
Your Guardian Angel. He wants to be your "angel of light". "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 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." (2 Corinthians 11:14-15 KJV). He transforms himself into an angel of light, pretending that he is for your good. That he is here to help you, to aid you in some way. Beware, he is not for your good. He comes even in the name of Christ, even as Christ. So do his ministers.
Destruction. Satan comes to destroy you, to steal from you, and to kill you. He wants your blood on his hands. He wants you dead. He is the master of destruction, and loathes the thought of your salvation. His plan is for your ultimate destruction. Remember this fact while you are being beguiled and entertained by his wiles. The road of the devil is a broad road, leading to destruction.
Theft. To take the word of God from you. "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved." (Luke 8:12 KJV). Satan does not want you to know the truth, he does not want you to have the word of God in your heart or in your mind. He will corrupt it, pervert it, counterfeit it, replace it with other words, words of men, words of devils, or choke it out with the sins and cares of this life. He is very crafty and cunning, and even has counterfeit Bibles to replace the word of God in your heart and mind. Satan wants you to fall by the way side.
Death. Satan is the lord of death. The fear of death is his masterpiece. His culture is the culture of death. Speaking of Jesus, "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." (Hebrews 2:14-15 KJV) Your personal death is Satan's desire. He loathes your life, he abhors your soul. He plans and plots your demise with exact precision. He has a detailed blueprint for you premeditated murder. Satan is a murderer. If it were not for the grace of the God of heaven, you would be dead already. Further more, Christ Jesus is the Great Deliverer from the one who holds men in his power in their fear of death.
Destiny. He wants you, the unsaved, in hell. The Lord Jesus speaking, "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels." (Matthew 25:41 KJV). Hell is a place prepared for the devil and his angels. Hell is a place of everlasting fire. Satan is going there one day, and he wants you there as well. He would have you perish in your sins, unsaved, going to the grave believing a lie. He wants you lost, and to stay lost, to die lost, and to step out into eternity lost. He will promise you the world, but his desire is that you lose your own soul. He will promise that you will find your destiny, but it's another lie of the devil. Satan wants you dead and lifeless, and he wants your soul in hell.
Final Destination. He does not want you, the unsaved, to know his final destination. "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever." (Rev 20:10 KJV). While the world loves to sing "I am on the highway to hell" like it's all a big party, he will not tell you the truth about hell. Hell is a literal place. Satan and all that follow after him will go there. It is not a party place after all, but a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth. A place of torment. But there is a place worse that the torments of hell. It is a place where death and hell are cast, along with Satan, his angels, and all that are not saved. It is called the lake of fire and brimstone. It's his final destination. Torment day and night for ever and ever. It's your end as well if you are not saved and do not repent and turn to God and be ye saved. "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:12-15 KJV)
You have an enemy. His name is Satan, the devil. Whether you believe in him or not, he exists. He has a masterful plan for your life. He plans to destroy you to the uttermost. To walk his path all you have to do is stay on the broad road that leads to destruction. The popular path among men. The accepted path of men. He is the Pied Piper playing his beautiful song, leading many souls to their destruction. Shun the word of God, do as thou wilt, and you are in his grasp this very hour. Attend the devil's meetings, his concerts, his theatre, and his arenas. Listen to his preaching. Plug in to his stream with your device of choice, and listen to the voice of the serpent. His sermons are pleasant to the eye, pleasant to the ear, pleasant to the senses...but damnable to the soul. The visuals are amazing. The music is deeply moving. His words ring seemingly true to the natural man. Such is the art and craft of Satan's delusion. Believe it or not...
Satan has a plan for your life.
Awaken. Open your darkened eyes. If you are yet an unbeliever, it might be that the glorious light of the Gospel of Christ Jesus the Lord will shine upon you this day.
"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake." - 2 Corinthians 4:3-5 KJV
The Lord Jesus is greater than Satan. He has come to destroy the works of the devil. He is the One and Only Saviour. He alone opens blinded eyes.
"He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." - 1 John 3:8 KJV
"For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them." - Luke 9:56a KJV
The Lord Jesus has come to save sinners, sinners captive of Satan, sinners who are servants of sin. Satan is the destroyer of men. Christ Jesus the Lord is the destroyer of the works of Satan, and the Saviour of men. His Gospel has come, in the very words of the Lord Jesus Himself,...
"To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me." - Acts 26:18 KJV
Turn to the living God, and be ye saved.
For the believer, the hunt is still on. Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
"And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen." - Romans 16:20 KJV
- Dan Dunn
January 23rd, 2015