Beware, Satan is the liar of all liars and deception is his secret weapon. He started telling lies in the Garden of Eden. He is the master of confusion and deceit. He is dangerous and he will not be stopped until Jesus Christ comes back.
But before we go on let’s look at some of the Biblical names for Satan. Of course there is Satan – which means adversary, the devil – which means slanderer. Then there is the wicked one, the evil one, a roaring lion, the god of this age, Abaddon and Apollyon which mean destroyer. Then there is murderer, father of lies, the prince of this world. A dragon. Well, you get the idea. Spending eternity with Satan would certainly be pure hell. And spending time with him in this world will lead ultimately to hell…forever. This is nothing to be taken lightly. Our world makes him look harmless, laughs at him, imitates him, make jokes about him but make no mistake, he is a destroyer and he wants to devour you and me, and everybody else. Jesus is the one and only answer!
Satan a Roaring Lion
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. (1 Peter 5:8-9)
Paul Said Satan was the god of this Age
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
Jesus Called Satan the Wicked One
“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart…” (Matthew 13:18-19)
Jesus Called Satan a Murderer and the Father of Lies
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 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. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God. (John 8:42:47)
Abaddon and Apollyon
And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon. (Revelation 9:11)
Let’s look at Satan’s lie to Eve and how that lie encouraged Eve to be disobedient to God. He knows so well how to tempt but God always gives us a way of escape if we are obedient.
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ “
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 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.” (Genesis 3:1-5)
Eve gave into temptation, even though she knew eating from that particular tree was forbidden by God. Satan’s lies are the same today but just repackaged for our culture and times. We can all look at our own lives and see where Satan has done considerable damage. Pride, self-absorption, self- hatred, self-promotion, self-exaltation and the “self” list goes on and on. When we get too wrapped up in self, instead of focusing on our blessings, we will be be disobedient to God.
We desperately need discernment from the Holy Spirit, strength in Jesus Christ and the truth of God’s word, the Holy Bible, on a daily basis. Otherwise we are more susceptible to Satan’s lies about ourselves and others.
Satan always wants us to leave God out of our plans, out of our daily lives, and out of our relationships with each other. He constantly works to create doubts and confusion through lies and temptations.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
If you do not have a relationship with our Lord God Almighty, pray this very moment to Him and talk to Him about your sins and repent of them now. He is waiting for you to humble yourself and turn your life over to Him. He has given us His Son Jesus Christ to redeem us and to give us a new birth. A new beginning, a new life, and the promise of eternal life. Nothing you have done is so bad that it is out of His reach of forgiveness. Nothing! And if you think you are a good person who does not need a Savior, please, think again as you are wrong. Jesus paid it all on the cross and all you have to do is accept that in faith and know that He will never leave you. Don’t take a chance on leaving this earth without salvation, found only in Jesus Christ.
To God be the Glory forever and ever,