Please note that this is the fourth post in a series titled “A Fearful Bride”
This is probably going to be the most controversial post on this blog so far. This is because in this post, what many believers commonly hold onto as the “identity of the adversary” (Satan) is going to be examined in light of the teachings of Jesus, the book of Revelation, the Prophets, the book of Job and all other evidence that have been with us all along but which have been ignored or misrepresented, leading to the production of “a Satan” who is more powerful than the real character named in the scriptures.
By this, I mean that “the advesary” (Satan) whom many believers know is a glorified and magnified character. The real Satan is not as strong or powerful as the cooked up one.
What you will read here is the first half of the post.There is a link at the end of this post to direct you to the second half which is “an interactive section“ where hot queries on this topic are addressed.
At this point, I will mention that if you are not ready or willing to have your belief or understanding of this topic examined by the words of Lord Jesus and the other scriptures, then, do not read beyond this paragraph.
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A Brief Exhortation
The tendency to falsify the truth has always been, beginning from the moment when the serpent deceived Eve by twisting the truth that was “God-centered” to a lie that was “man-centered”. Lord Jesus said that knowledge of “the truth” will make us free. Obviously, anything other than “the truth” will expose us to bondage.
If therefore the truth hits your heart dear saint, note that it will glorify Jesus and show His supremacy over all the powers of darkness. The truth will make you free.
Not An Independent Entity
The effects of the forces of darkness in this realm are undeniable. Lord Jesus Himself confronted them, from the least to the greatest, stripping them of all their powers, casting them out of their human captives and proclaiming victory over them. Among these, Lord Jesus overcame the principality who specializes in making man rebel against God, by this I mean Satan.
Being the most subtle/deceitful/cunning of all principalities, this creature twists the truth that saves into a snare that traps. He cooks up suggestions and situations that tempt men to doubt God’s Love, Goodness and Faithfulness and uses condemnation as a tool of retrogression.
With delight in making men stumble, he is very interested in men whose records are blameless before God: talk about Adam, Job and above all Lord Jesus. However, there is something we learn from the scriptures, especially the Book of Job: “Satan cannot touch what God has shielded” and “God can allow Satan to have some activity in the lives of the saints in order to purify them and bring them to a greater level of knowledge of God Himself”.
Remember, scripture mentions in Matthew 4:1 and Luke 4:1-2 that it was the Spirit that drove Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted of the Devil. Furthermore, Job 1:8 specifically mentions that it was YAHWEH Himself Who brought up the topic of Job to Satan. What was God’s intention in this? Was it to destroy Job? Definitely not.
The Job who came out of the valley of the shadow of death was more empowered than the Job before the storm. God works all things for our good and believe it or not: “Satan is not independent of the Sovereign hand of God”.
GOD Does His Bidding With All The Powers Of Heaven
King Nebuchadnezzer of Babylon was given the heart of a beast to roam the earth like an animal for seven years (because of pride). What was his conclusion at the end of the seven years?
“And at the end of the days, I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifting up my eyes to heaven, got back my reason, and, blessing the Most High, I gave praise and honour to him who is living for ever, whose rule is an eternal rule and whose kingdom goes on from generation to generation. And all the people of the earth are as nothing: he does his pleasure in the army of heaven and among the people of the earth: and no one is able to keep back his hand, or say to him, What are you doing?” Daniel 4:34-35 (BBE).
The same is echoed is Psalm 115:3 and Psalm 135:6; God does whatever pleased Him in all spheres of existence and no creature can escape His Influence (don’t even think about Satan here).
It is good for us to see God as He says He is, rather than try to make Him into what we please. No matter how difficult some things are to understand in this world, creation has never been a tussle between The Almighty and Satan. As seen in Genesis 3:13, it was God who placed Satan in the position to perpertually have appetite for making man to stumble. This is what is meant by the “the serpent’s food will be dust” and we remember that Adam was made from dust. Making man stumble is food to Satan (sounds strange?).
It is clear therefore that when Satan is seen in Job 1:7, telling YAHWEH that he had been “moving to and fro the earth” (like a roaring lion seeking prey), it is the effect of what YAHWEH had made Satan become by the word He spoke to him in Genesis 3:13.
Some believers find it difficult to accept that God can make a creature that is corrupt and use that creature for His pleasure. Then such believers will have a hard time really battling with these words from Isaiah 45:5-7:
“That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.” (KJV).
Even more revealing of what God can do with respect to evil is that “It was God Who planted the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden of Eden” (Genesis 2:8-9). Please note that that tree could give man “the knowledge of evil”. It was not planted by Satan (stranger still?).
It becomes obvious that God has set parameters in place in every age to test the heart of man and reveal if man’s loyalty belongs to God alone. If you do not think that God can use unpleasant situations to reveal who we really serve, then consider Deuteronomy 8:2-3:
“And keep in mind the way by which the Lord your God has taken you through the waste land these forty years, so that he might make low your pride and put you to the test, to see what was in your heart and if you would keep his orders or not. And he made low your pride and let you be without food and gave you manna for your food, a thing new to you, which your fathers never saw; so that he might make it clear to you that bread is not man’s only need, but his life is in every word which comes out of the mouth of the Lord.” (BBE emphasis added on a personal note).
Lord Jesus Himself was not an exclusion to this test. Scripture records that Lord Jesus learnt obedience to the Father through the things He suffered (Hebrews 5:8). The saints should experience the same. We should leap over all the obstacles that Satan has put in our way to tempt us to rebel against God. Like Lord Jesus, even with all these obstacles, we should increase in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man (Luke 2:52).
Power Over Satan
Lord Jesus ruled over all the forces of darkness, and He gave the saints authority over all the power of the enemy to work in dominion over all the obstacles. Did you notice that He gave the saints power over serpents (remember Satan?) and scorpions? (Luke 10:19).
Note also that the Lord mentioned that “no activity of the enemy will hurt the saints”. This is the point. “God makes all things work out together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”
What This Means
Our Heavenly Father has given us more than enough reasons to trust Him with all our hearts, without any fear of Satan. Scripture holds on to this throughout both the Old and New Testaments. In His great Love, The Father has prepared stages through which to guide us into becoming like His First born Son, Jesus Christ, and if we must be like Jesus, we must learn to submit to God and triumph over Satan.