“…in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.”
– 2 Corinthians 2:11
Christian life is not a playground but a battle ground. We are not here on earth to be an easy-go-lucky creature and confess that we are a Christian. We are not like a kid in a playgroud that roams for his pleasures and happiness. Especially when we are in a church, we are not entering on this place to just play around. We are in a fight in a battle ground!
The Lord exposes our enemy, the spiritual one. Who is our spiritual enemy? Satan. He is roaming around! To be able to know that we are strong enough to fight on our spiritual enemy, we must know him first. Who really is Satan?
1. A tempter
A tempter is someone who tries to get someone to do something wrong.
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”” (Genesis 3:1-5)
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.” (Matthew 4:1)
If we are not be easily tempted, we are not going to believe nor listen in what others or Satan tells us. If we know the Truth, we are not easily tempted. The Truth is the Lord our God. Our spiritual enemy is always there to tempt us in many ways and possibilities.
2. A deceiver
“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)
“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)
3. An accuser
An accuser brings false charges against Christians.
“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” (Revelation 12:10)
“When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom. One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.” Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.” (Job 1:5-12)
Satan is not only our accuser, even our brethren is also an accuser. Other uses our past to injuire us. Satan uses others to make us want a revenge. Revenge is the cause of Satan’s accusations. Counterpart of Satan’s accusation is the Holy Spirit’s conviction. It is the first sentence that shouts in our mind to stop us from being eaten by revenge. If we did not obey Holy Spirit’s convictions, we will be empowered by Satan’s accusations.
4. A counterfeiter
A counterfeiter is the one who imitates, copies, or masquerades to be someone else.
“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” (2Corinthians 11:13-14)
Let’s not be a victim of the mask of Satan!
5. A destroyer
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
“They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.” (Revelation 9:11)