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November 6, 2015 | Daily Devotionals | November 6, 2015

Satan’s Rap Sheet

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. I Peter 5:8

We’ve only scratched the surface of Satan’s character and manifestations.  I cannot stress enough how God’s man must read the Word with a lens for both spiritual application and fortification against the enemy. We have to study and analyze with care every mention and appearance of Satan as well as his victories and defeats detailed in Scripture. 

In the most sinister way, all his character qualities become the methods he uses to kill.  Discerning him leads us to discern what he’s doing.  His behavior always reflects his character.  So let’s look at a few more synonyms for Satan. When you see these in your circumstances you can bank on his involvement at every level.

Think about Satan’s own story.  His pride begets entitlement, which begets embezzlement of God’s glory. The first sin was pride in Satan’s heart.  What about death? If homicide, suicide, or killing children is out of reach or ineffective he will work to kill relationships, marriages, and families so they will wipe out the next generation. Then there’s rebellion. Follow the disintegration of the family and God’s commandment of children to honor their parents. Parents who rebel against God’s authority over their lives will parent children who see the hypocrisy and in turn rebel against their parent’s authority. Think about appetites. Lives ruled by a fix, a meal, an adrenaline hit, an adulterous relationship, a business deal, a porn site. Then there are always negative emotions, because we are what we think and do what we think. Satan loves to play with negative emotions. We could go on and on but you get the picture.  Satan is the opposite of God, he opposes everything about God therefore he opposes everything about you. God has given us defense against evil; once again, get the Intel from God’s Word.

Father, thank you again for the reminder, you have our back.

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