One of Satan's temptation of Jesus is revealing:
And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and
said to him, "To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom
I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours." And Jesus answered him, "It is written,
"'You shall worship the Lord your God,
and him only shall you
serve.'" (Luke 4:5-8, ESV)
Satan intends to establish his own kingdom and oppose God. How will he do this?
1. Carefully observe these passages and search for how Satan attempts to establish his own kingdom. Circle the words that
might help you with your observations. What is an idolater?
They served their idols,
which became a snare to them.
sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to the demons; (Ps 106:36-37, ESV)
For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous
(that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words,
for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. (Eph 5:5-6, ESV)
2. What method do you observe here of how Satan attempts to establish his own kingdom?
But Elymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) opposed them, seeking to turn the
proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and
said, "You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked
the straight paths of the Lord? (Acts 13:8-10, ESV)
And what I am doing I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like
to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen,
disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no
surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
(2 Cor 11:12-15, ESV)
3. Throughout the Bible, there is never a mention that Satan can read the minds nor know the hearts of human beings. However,
Satan and his demons are of the invisible world and are certainly capable of observing what you see / do and listening to
whatever you may say or whisper. How does Satan and his demons tempt you to express your secret desires?
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer
from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own
character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44, ESV)
Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is
righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason
the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:7-8, ESV)
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