This study is going to expose how Satan attacks. Did you know that Lucifer has several names: Lucifer, Satan, devil, antichrist, son of perdition, roaring lion, enemy and so on. However, we are going to find out how powerful our God is and how he has given us the courage and power to overcome the enemy.
1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (Verse 9) Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
Luke 10:17 – Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” (Verse 18) And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. (Verse 19) “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Matthew 4:1 – Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Verse 2) And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. (Verse 3) Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
Ephesians 6:11 – Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Verse 12) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Verse 13) Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Did you notice all of the times that the devil was mentioned? What’s so amazing is that according to a Christian research firm that took a survey, 60% of people that call themselves Christians don’t even believe in the devil. All I can say is, they must have never read the Bible.
Did you know there are many denominations that don’t even believe in hell? They think hell is just a symbol of evil. How can they believe what the Bible says about Jesus and not what it says about hell? We either believe all the Bible or none of it!
If we don’t acknowledge an enemy in the first place, how will anyone ever protect themselves from attacks? This is not about focusing on the devil at all, but how he operates and attacks the child of God.
Isaiah 14:12 – “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! (Verse 13) For you have said in your heart; ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north;
(Verse 14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ (Verse 15) Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit. (Verse 16) “Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, (Verse 17) who made the world as wilderness and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners?’ ”
Look what happened when Lucifer became proud while being the worship leader in heaven: Ezekiel 28:12 – …”You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. (Verse 13) You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.
(Verse 14) “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. (Verse 15) You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. (Verse 16) “By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones.
(Verse 17) Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you.”
Lucifer was a covering cherub in the garden of God and he was gorgeous! According to Revelation 12:4, when he fell, he took a third of the angels with him. But rather than leading all the angels of heaven to worship God, he put his eyes and thoughts on himself to be like God. He wanted that worship for himself! The calling card of the devil is pride!
The number one way the devil will attack a believer is in the spirit of pride. This was how the devil deceived Adam and Eve into rebelling against God and is also how he deceives us.
Genesis 3:4 – And the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. (Verse 5) “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Verse 6) So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. (Verse 7) Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
This is Satan’s strategy, he accuses God of being a liar and a bully. Proverbs 6:16 – These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: (Verse 17) A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, (Verse 18) a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, (Verse 19) a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.
An abomination means a detestable thing and that’s what God calls pride and all these that follow! Pride is a very serious sin whether people see it as such or not.
James 4:6 – But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” God loves us too much to bless us when we’re walking in the spirit of the devil! He will not let us succeed when we have a spirit of pride on us!
Because pride is sin, pride exposes us to spiritual attacks, and it also negates our spiritual authority. James 4:7 – Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (Verse 8) Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you doubleminded. (Verse 9) Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. (Verse 10) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
Here is the triple “whammy” of pride: God resists us, the devil attacks us, and we have no authority to stop the attacks. The answer for pride is worship! The opposite of pride is not humility, because unbelievers can be humble. The opposite of pride is worship!
Satan did not go from humility to pride, he went from worship to pride. We will never fall into pride if we stay in worship! So worship God and draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.
Humble yourself in His sight and He will lift you up!