|Understanding Satan's role (1)|
|2017-09-21||Written by Bob and Debby Gass|
|1 John 4:4 NCV|
Satan's a fallen angel who wasn't satisfied to worship God; he wanted God's throne for himself. Angels, like humans, were made to serve and worship God. And they were given free will; otherwise, how could they worship? But Satan said, 'I will make myself like the Most High' (Isaiah 14:14 NIV). That got him evicted from heaven: 'You are brought down... to the depths of the pit' (Isaiah 14:15 NIV). And Satan hasn't changed. He's as self-centered now as he was then, and he's just as limited now as he was then. Even when his heart was good, he was inferior to God. God knows everything; angels only know what He reveals. God is everywhere; angels can only be in one place. God is all-powerful; angels are only as powerful as God allows them to be. So Satan isn't as powerful as God. Satan wants us to believe that he is an independent force with unlimited power. But he's not. The Bible says that 'he is a liar and the father of lies' (John 8:44 NIV). The truth is that God is more powerful, and has already overcome. And we can overcome the devil too because we've got God, not only on our side, but within us: 'God's Spirit, who is in you, is greater than the devil.' We don't need to feel defeated or hopeless when we're facing the Satan's attack. Instead, we can rely on God's strength and power to make it through to the good God promises. 'But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one' (2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV).
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