The name "Satan" means "adversary," in other words he is your enemy. He cannot possess you or own you but he will attempt to defeat you in your Christian walk. Satan cannot do anything to you unless it is approved by God. (Job 2:5-6)
The Existence of Satan
It is doubted by the world:
A. Because of all the silly cartoons which picture Satan as a two-horned, fork tailed creature in red flannel underwear.
B. Liberal preachers have been to silent about Satan
C. Conservative preaching has been silent about him also.
D. A quotation from the Baptist Bulletin, December 1971, Page 13:
"If I were the devil, the first thing I would do is deny my own existence...this disciple of doubt seems to thrive best when he is underestimated or ignored or denied...If I were the devil I would deny my existence to the world and downplay it in the local church, thus freeing me to go about my business unheeded, unhindered, and unchecked."
There are groups today who completely deny the existence of Satan because of following false teachings of others. This happens when people do not study their Scriptures and allow a central person do all their thinking for them. We have such a group close to my home.
The Five-Fold Sin of Satan from Isaiah 14:12-14
1. I will ascend into heaven - he wanted to rule in God's place as he desired equality with God.
2. I will exalt my throne above the stars of God - A possible reference to Satan wanting to be worshipped by the angels or the children of God.
3. I will sit upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
A. The mountain where God agreed to meet His people and make himself known to them. This was Sinai.
B. Satan wanted control of the entire universe. In heathen writings, the north was the home of the ancient gods, possibly the Babylonian gods since the Book of Isaiah was written during the apostasy of the divided era of the nation of Israel.
C. In Scripture, a mountain is a synonym for a kingdom. Satan wanted to have authority not only over his one kingdom, but also the kingdom of God. (Psa 121:1-2 KJV) I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. {2} My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
4. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; - He may be referring to the Shekinah glory of God. (Exodus 16:10)
5. I will be like the most high - Most High is the Hebrew description of God which means the "strongest strong one." He coveted the power of God.
Some of the Methods Satan uses to deceive
1. He sows tares among the wheat - Matthew 24:30 - This corresponds to unbelievers existing in the local church assembly along with believers.
2. He sows false doctrine - 1 Timothy 4:1-3
3. He defiles the Word of God:
A. Taking it out of context - Matthew 4:6 - In this passage he quoted Psalm 91:11 but conveniently left out the part "To keep thee in all thy ways."
B. Misinterpretation
C. Overstressing one sided doctrine (biased interpretation)
D. Understressing certain doctrines like the doctrine of Satan.
E. Eisegesis - Causing people to put a meaning into Scripture that isn't there.
4. He hinders the work of God - 1 Thessalonians 2:18
5. He can hinder the prayers of God's people - Daniel 10:12-13
6. He blinds people to the gospel - 2 Corinthians 4:4
7. He steals the truth - Matthew 13:19
8. He is the accuser of the brethren - Revelation 12:9-10
9. He sets snares for people - 2 Timothy 2:26
10. He tempts people - Matthew 4:1; Ephesians 6:11
11. He can afflict people - Job 2:7; 2 Corinthians 12:7
12. He deceives - Revelation 12:9; 20:10
13. He sabotages the home - 1 Corinthians 7:5
14. He induces the sinner and saint to sin against God:
A. David - 1 Chronicles 21:1
B Judas - John 13:27
C. Peter's rebuke of Jesus - Matthew 16:22-23
D. Ananias and Sapphira - Acts 5:1-11
Satan is a defeated foe and a created being. He has no power or authority over the Christian. His power is not greater than God's power and on the last day, he will be cast into the lake of fire along with all those who followed him and denied Christ.