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November 18, 2018


Hello everyone,

As many of you know, living the Christian life in this world presents serious challenges that often puts our faith to the test. The devil is the ultimate source of these challenges and will continue to place obstacles in our paths. But, with the grace of God, we can overcome his temptations. Below, I have provided some key information to help us better understand the work and ways of the devil.


Key Things To Know About The Devil



A) Who He Is

1)   God is the creator of all things: in the heavens and on earth. Therefore, God created the devil. However, God did not create the devil as an evil sinful being. Satan chose that path himself (see Col 1:16; 1 Timothy 3:6).

2)   The devil is a “Spirit being who opposes God and seeks to frustrate His plans and leads His people in rebellion. He is opposed to God and seeks to alienate all men from God” (Baker’s Encyclopedia of the Bible: Vol. 2 J-Z Pgs. 1907-1908).

3)   Devil, means: “Accuser or slanderer.” (Rev 12:10).

4)   Satan, means: “Adversary.”


B) How He’s Described In Scripture

1)   Matthew 4:1-3. (Tempter).

2)   Matthew 12:24. (Beelzebul: Ancient deity (2 Kings 1:2-6) later identified as Satan).

3)   Matthew 13:18-19. (The evil one).

4)   John 8:44. (Murderer & father of lies).

5)   John 12:31. (Prince of this world).

6)   John 16:11. (Ruler of this world).

7)   2 Corinthians 4:4. (god of this world).

8)   1 Peter 5:8. (Adversary & Hunting- Lion).

9)   1 John 3:8. (Sinner from the beginning).

10)  Revelation 12:9. (Serpent of old).

11)  Revelation 12:10. (Accuser).


C) His Work, Methods & Ways

1)   Genesis 3-4; Matthew 4:1-11. (Smooth words & reverse psychology).

2)   Job 1-2. (Inflicts suffering).

3)   1 Chronicles 21:1. (Instigates and seduces).

4)   Matthew 13:24-43. (Sows discord).

5)   Matthew 16:23. (Savors not the things of God).

6)   Mark 4:15. (Strictly opposed to faith in God’s word).

7)   Luke 22:3. (Uses the weak- minded).

8)   Luke 22:31. (Uses close companions).

9)   Acts 5:3. (Encourages dishonesty among Christians).

10)  Acts 10:38. (Causes oppression).

11)  Acts 26:18. (Destroys lives through sinful influences).

12)  1 Corinthians 7:5. (Tempts Christian marriages to fail).

13)  2 Corinthians 2:11. (Takes advantage of issues between Christians).

14)  2 Corinthians 11:14. (A master of deception).

15)  Ephesians 4:26-27. (Takes advantage of emotions).

16)  Ephesians 6:11-12. (Uses cunning schemes).

17) 1 Thessalonians 2:18. (Attempts to disrupt the spreading of the Gospel truth).

18)  2 Thessalonians 2:9-10. (Exerts all his power with false signs and lying wonders).

19)  1 Tim 5:12-15. (Takes advantage of the widowed).

20)  2 Timothy 2:24-26. (Snares Christians to become embittered against each other).

21)  1 Peter 5:8. (Constantly on the hunt).

22)  Revelation 2:10. (Incites persecution against Christians).

23)  Revelation 12:9. (Deceive the whole world in rebellion against God).



D) His Doom

1)   Revelation 12:9-10. (He was cast out of heaven).

2)   John 16:7-11. (His demise has already been determined).

3)   Matthew 25:41-46. (He will spend an eternity in hell).

4)   Revelation 20:9-10. (He will spend an eternity in hell).



E) Fighting The Enemy

1)   Ephesians 6:13-18. (Use the full armor of God).

2)   Ephesians 4:26-27. (Don’t give the devil a foothold).

3)   James 4:7-8. (Resist him and draw near to God).

4)   1 Peter 5:8-9. (Resist him and be steadfast in the Faith).


-Charles Knight