Understanding Our Enemy Satan’s Basic Flaw

5 Facts About Our Enemy Satan’s Creation And Fall

God created a perfect, beautiful world in which everything was very good Genesis 1:31. He intended that people, animals and all creation live in peace and harmony. He gave Adam and Eve the job of taking care of the garden. He gave them just one prohibition. Don’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil Genesis 1:15-17. It was up to them to obey because He created them with a free will.

Everything was great, for a while. That is until the enemy showed up.  That enemy is an evil spirit whom we have come to know as Satan. Genesis 3:1 says the serpent spoke to Eve. Later in the Bible we’re told the one who was actually talking to Eve was Satan Revelation 12:9.

Satan is the enemy

Who is Satan? What is he like? The Bible doesn’t give a single definitive statement that tells us everything about Satan. It has a lot to say but it’s scattered throughout the Bible. I think that’s intentional. Satan is the enemy but he’s just a footnote. He’s not the main story of the Bible. We don’t need to know everything about him. We just need to know enough about him to defeat him.

There are two key passages in the Old Testament that give us information about Satan’s creation and fall, Isaiah 14:12-20 and Ezekiel 28:11-19. Here are five things from these two passages that are helpful in understanding our enemy.

Understanding Our Enemy Satan’s Creation and Fall

  1. He was created as a perfect cherub, a high ranking spirit being Ezekiel 28:12, 14.
  2. He was as beautiful as the morning star Isaiah 14:12.
  3. His God-given beauty led him to become full of pride Ezekiel 28:17.
  4. His pride led him to try to put his throne above God’s throne Isaiah 14:13.
  5. His rebellion was easily quelled. God removed him as a cherub and cast him to the earth to live Isaiah 14:12, Ezekiel 28:17.

Satan wanted to be independent of God and treated like God. God created him but he considered his beauty, powers and high position as his own. His pride led to his downfall.

Satan’s prideful attitude permeates our world. It says “You can do it. Believe in yourself!”

It’s easy to become prideful. Proud people don’t depend on anyone but themselves. Humble people depend on others. Here is how 1 Peter 5:6-7 expresses God’s priority:

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because he cares for you.

Today let’s humble ourselves. The way you do that is to depend on God. You will know you’ve done this if you cast every, that is EVERY care of your heart on Him in prayer. If we don’t think we need God then we may fall under the condemnation of the devil 1 Timothy 3:6.
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