Summary: Some more information on the nature of Satan.
Satan’s Background, Part 2
A Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Eph 6:11 (KJV) “Wiles”
1 Wiles is from the Greek word “methodei”.
a Our word “method” comes from this word.
b Derived from two Greek words: “meta”, which means “in the midst”, & “hodos”, which means “to travel a road or to journey”.
aa (IL) Deer in the road
bb Literally, Satan wants to stand in the middle of the road to interrupt your journey, kill your vision, make you change course.
2 He uses temptation to lure you from God’s best.
a Temptation is from the Greek word “peirasmos”: solicit or lure to action.
b Also where we get our word “piracy”: wants to steal our precious life.
c He tempts us to get away from God & causes us to do evil.
aa The devil can tempt us, but our will must participate & agree.
bb Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. James 1:13-15 (NASB)
3 Don’t confuse temptation with sin! (Jesus was tempted, but He never sinned!)
a Everyone is/has been tempted...even Jesus.
aa No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.1 Cor 10:13 (NASB) Temptation is our common lot.
bb But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 1 Tim 6:9 (NASB) Wealth affords more temptation
cc And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matt 6:13 (KJV)
b Temptation is a part of the human experience-we will never get out of its pull until we go home!
B The devil is a pervert.
1 The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit. Isaiah 19:14 (KJV) Perverse is from the Hebrew word “avah”: to make crooked.
a “Avah” is sometimes translated “iniquity”.
b Greek word “diastrepho”: to twist through or distort.
c Satan takes good things & makes them ugly.
aa (IL) Sex in a heterosexual marriage is a gift from God.
bb Satan can twist that into homosexuality, pornography, & abuse.
2 Satan not only uses perversion, he’s also a counterfeiter.
a Uses imitation to draw people away from the true God (most religions are bad copies of God’s teaching-there is good found in every religion).
b Satan’s masterpiece will be the Antichrist.