When you ask people, especially people who are not Christian, what they think of Satan, they will often ascribe to him some form of a position of authority. They almost envision him as some sort of polar opposite of God. In doing so, they assign to him authority. FAR more authority than he warrants!
You see, Satan is not the opposite of God. There are not two; one evil and one good. There is one God alone. Satan is in fact a created being. He is limited in power as much as any angel of his caliber would be. He cannot create. He cannot read your mind. He is not omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent. He is not all powerful. He is simply, a liar. A good one at that because it is his lies that convince people he has far more power than he actually does.
You see the concept of evil is actually a faulty one.You see the concept of evil is actually a faulty one! #spiritualwarfare Click To Tweet
The following is from a long-standing story circulating about Einstein debating with his college professor. The story is not true, but the point is valid nonetheless. The wording is mine:
There is no such thing as cold. Cold is what we simply refer to as the absence of heat. Cold has a limit…absolute zero. It is limited, where heat is not. Cold exists solely by removing heat. Cold is in fact not the opposite of heat, it is the absence of it.
There is no such thing as darkness. Darkness is what we refer to as the absence of light. You can keep adding light and continue to create brightness but you can only have so much darkness. You cannot add darkness, you can only remove light. It is limited. Darkness is in actuality not the opposite of light but the absence of it.
There is no such thing as evil. Evil is a word created to describe our state of godlessness. It is simply the absence of God, the absence of holiness. Evil has a limit.
You see, the goodness of God knows no bounds. But evil, the absence of God, has a limit. There is no limit to how much of God one can experience. He is limitless! He is eternity! You cannot add more evil to the world…you can only continue to remove God further. Where heat exists, cold cannot. Where light exists, darkness cannot. And where holiness exists, evil cannot. Evil is not the opposite of holiness, it is the absence of it.
Satan’s greatest lie, his greatest deception, is convincing people that evil actually exists on its own. That it is in fact the opposite of holiness. By doing this, he assigns himself power. He promotes himself, at least in the minds of people, to a level of being the god of evil in a sense. It’s a lie! And he, as the Word of God says, is the father of lies.Satan's greatest lie is convincing people that evil is in fact the opposite of holiness #truth Click To Tweet
His only power is in what he can convince humanity he has and then in what we allow. He has no weapon except what he places in the minds of men…taking advantage of our weaknesses and our free will. His only weapon is a lie. Everything he does and everything he uses against us is a lie.
Does Satan destroy? Yes!
Does he destroy marriages? Yes! Does he destroy families? Yes! Does he destroy communities? Yes! Does he destroy lives? Yes! But he does it with lies!
“Take that drink…it is only one. It will be okay”
“Go ahead and meet that woman after work. Your wife won’t find out. Besides, it’s just dinner.”
“Lie to your parents about where you were. You had fun and no one will know.”
“Go ahead and check that text on your phone…you’ll only look away from the road for a second”
“Go ahead and try that drug…it’s only one time. You won’t get addicted after one time!”
“God doesn’t care about you. If He did, this wouldn’t be happening to you.”
“No one cares about you! In fact, they probably wouldn’t care if you weren’t around anymore!”
It’s all lies. It’s all he knows. And it is how he destroys!
From the Garden of Eden to today, he deals not in power, not in might, not in authority…but in lies.From the Garden of Eden to today Satan deals not in power, not in might, not in authority,but in… Click To Tweet
“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” John 8:44 (NKJV)
Evil is a concept born out of his lie. Our belief in evil ascribes him authority. Evil is merely God-lessness…it is darkness from removal of light. It is cold from removal of warmth. It is pain from removal of healing. It is sadness from removal of joy. Evil is simply what remains when we remove the attributes of God from our lives, our families, our communities, our nation, our world.
So he gets his ‘power’ by convincing us that God either doesn’t exist or that God may exist but doesn’t really care, doesn’t have any more power than he does, or that God is just some cosmic killjoy that loves watching us go through life struggling while demanding we don’t enjoy ourselves. These serve to turn us from God and remove the presence of God in our life.
Everything he tempts us with….power, greed, lust, etc., is all a lie to make us believe that what we have isn’t enough! That more is better, that better is best! Keeping up with the Joneses turns into a fight to beat the Joneses! More is better! And we worship the things of this world rather than the creator of it!Keeping up with the Joneses turns into a fight to beat the Joneses! #greed Click To Tweet
It was this way from the beginning. He lied to Eve by telling her eating the fruit would make her like God. He lied to Cain when he caused him to murder out of jealousy. He caused David to pursue Bathsheba out of lust and then ultimately murder to cover his guilt. He caused Judas to betray his Messiah out of greed.
When the Word tells us to resist the devil and he will flee, it first says “Submit to God”. That has to come first. Where light is present, darkness is not.Where light is present, darkness is not! #truth #warfare Click To Tweet
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 (NKJV)
Resist the lies, resist the temptations, resist his attempt at making you believe he has power over you. Check out my post Exercising Your Senses – Getting Fit for Spiritual Warfare for more on resisting the enemy!
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV)