In Ezekiel 28:12-19 and Isaiah 14:12-21 we learn that Satan was once God’s most beautiful, most powerful, and most honored angel but that he fell from power and from God’s grace when he had the audacity to try to climb up to God’s throne, apparently thinking, in the blindness and self-deception of his pride, that he could be God.  Of course, there is no way that he could compare with God, with God’s power, majesty, greatness, etc.  As a created being, all things being created by God, Satan is and will always be subordinate to God.  His desire to be like God, to be as great as God, and to sit on God’s throne, claiming the glory, honor, majesty, and worship that is due God alone, were just foolish delusions, the same delusions that any creature, including humans, can have when their minds are not illuminated by God’s truth and, instead, are darkened by pride, sin, lust, etc.

As a consequence for his foolish attempt to usurp God, Satan was cast down from his position of glory and honor.  And ever since his humiliating fall from grace, Satan has been resentful, full of hatred for God and God’s plans for humanity.  So he spends all his time trying to tarnish, thwart, upend, divert, destroy, etc., all of God’s plans and God’s work in the lives of people.  Moreover, he wants to steal away our joy, plunge us into misery, inflict us with suffering, and hinder or stop our works of loving service to others, on God’s behalf.  There is absolutely no good in Satan.  He is tireless in his works of sin and evil.  He is a liar and murderer, he is corrupt to the core, and all who follow him in sin and wickedness are his children:  “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).  We also know from 1 John 3:8 that Satan has been sinning almost from the beginning of His existence; pride and the resultant sin was in him very soon after he was created. 

Fortunately, Jesus has come to destroy Satan’s works of darkness:  “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).  Jesus does this work at least two ways:  (1) by reconciling us to God, and (2) by working through us once we are saved to project God’s will upon the earth, thereby undermining Satan’s work and reclaiming people and ground from Satan (works of evil that Satan tirelessly produces).  Satan is tireless, but as a created being, he has limitations, unlike our God, so the defeat of Satan is unavoidable.  God’s love, power, wisdom, and reach are just way too much for Satan to battle.  For now, as we live in the age of grace, God in His Infinite Wisdom allows Satan and those people who follow Satan to weave mischief and even produce great works of evil (such as war and genocide), but they all operate within the boundaries that God sets.  God is, always has been, and always will be in complete control of creation and all within it. 


I pray that you will discover God's purpose, plan, and control in your life.

 


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