Summary: THE THIRD IN A FOUR PART SERMON SERIES. SATAN LIVES IN DARKNESS. WHATEVER CATEGORIZES THE DARKNESS, SATAN LIVES. DO YOU HAVE DARKNESS IN YOUR LIFE?
I SAW SATAN FALL! Series
1. The Accuser/Adversary Fell
2. The Pride Example Fell
3. The Ruler of Darkness Fell, John 3:19-21
4. The Father of Lies Fell
We’ve heard how the disciples were given authority and how in Jesus’ name demons would obey. Jesus’ response was, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” and the Accuser of our brothers and sisters was throw down. Satan will Accuse you and seek to remind you of your past.
We also heard how Satan fell from heaven because of his PRIDE. His PRIDE example blinded him and will blind us also. God’s plan is just the opposite: HUMILITY leads to faith and faith leads to being founded (seated in the heavenlies) and being founded leads to fullness.
Today I want you to consider “you can tell a lot about a person by where he or she lives?” The way a person keeps house and the home itself speaks a little about the person’s character, what is important and what isn’t. Would you agree? Perhaps you don’t want to agree…
But take a 5-6 year old…how do you suppose they keep house? Or take a 8-9 year old, how would he or she keep house? Or what about a college student? Or any single man’s home? Compare that to most any married man’s home and you can tell a lot about the person. Should I give the altar call now?
I think if you were to walk into a person’s home without them there and perhaps having never met them, you could tell some things about them: whether they are old or young, male or female, an organized personality or not, what colors they like, and what they collect. Each preference speaks more and more about that person—what they give their attention and time to; what’s important to them.
I read a statement by Francis Frangipane over 13 years ago, and I have never gotten away from it. It has stayed tucked away in my mind about where Satan lives.
Just before the first chapter in his book, The Three Battlegrounds, Frangipane writes, “Many Christians debate whether the devil is on the earth or in hell; can he dwell in Christians or only in the world? The fact is, the devil is in darkness. Wherever there is spiritual darkness, there the devil will be.”
Just as you can tell more and more about a person by how they keep house and where they live, Satan’s home speaks about him as well. The devil lives in darkness! Darkness is the devil’s home. The more understand about his home, the more we can learn about how he lives. There is a phrase I want you to finish interactively in today’s message and this will help it stick: when I say “where darkness is” you say, “Satan lives!” Let’s practice…
So if Satan lives in darkness, What does the Bible have to say about “darkness”? Since darkness is Satan’s home, how do we battle our enemy more effectively on his turf?
In the small book of Jude verse 6 it says, “And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He [God] has kept in eternal bonds under DARKNESS for the judgment of the great day.
When Satan rebelled against God by desiring the place of worship that only God had, the carpet of clouds he was standing was pulled out from underneath his feet and he was banished to the place the bible calls “pits” or “bonds” of darkness. The devil has been sent to live in a realm of complete darkness. This does not necessarily mean lightless areas, or invisible arenas. The Bible speaks of darkness as void of morality which is then revealed by the visible darkness left behind. The cause of this darkness is not the absence of light, but is the absence of God who is light.
Ephesians 6:10-12 tells us, Darkness is “An unseen world where the troops of the enemy are stationed and the strategies of the devil are devised”
10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly (invisible) places.
Listen to these words of Colossians 1:12-14
[the Father]…has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. 13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness [this realm which ruled over us]
1. Keeps us from sharing in God’s inheritance
2. Keeps us from being God’s people and sharing with them