This past weekend we talked about the Devil and his demons. I have found that not many in the church have a clear picture of the devil or demons. Most have adopted a Hollywood impression of the devil along with some theology that is more popular than accurate. Here are some key thoughts from the weekend.
- We wanted to play “To Hell with the Devil” by Stryper. Figured most didn’t know the song.
- A lot of people think the Devil and God are EQUAL opposing forces. They are not equal because God MADE the devil!
- How could a perfect sin-free God make such evil? Well, the Devil wasn’t evil when God created him. He was perfect! (Ezekiel 28:12-19)
- There are places in the Bible that have prophecies with double references. Ezekiel 28:12-19 and Isaiah 14:12-14 are believed to be about Lucifer.
- Many think the first sin originated in the Garden of Eden. Not true. The first sin originated in heaven through this angel Lucifer.
- The reason we call this spiritual enemy the Devil or Satan is because he became God’s ADVERSARY. (Rev 12:7-9)
- The angels who followed Lucifer in his revolt against God were cast to the earth as well. These would be Demons. Also angels who have fallen! (Rev 12:7-9)
- Satan will not come across as overtly evil – he will just simply twist the truth enough to get you to fall for his traps. (Gen 3)
- Satan wants you to believe that there will be NO consequences for living life as your own god. (Gen 3:4)
- In our culture today, it’s popular to do whatever makes you feel good and be in control of your own life. (Gen 3:5) This is nothing more than humanism masked in our culture as freedom.
- Know this, anyone who lives as if there is no God to answer to will eventually experience the same fate as all of God’s adversaries. (Rev 20) It won’t be good.
- The good news is this…Jesus defeated Satan on the day he rose from the grave. And he offers that same power over the devil to all who believe in him! (Luke 10:17-20)
You don’t have to fear the devil, just be aware that he is trying to lie to you and get you to be an adversary to what God wants to do in you and through you. I hope this message was particularly helpful in understanding a biblical view of the Devil and his Demons. You can watch it online here.