1. What is Satan’s notable characteristic? Consult
Genesis 3:1-6 and
Jesus informs us that Satan "was a murderer from the beginning" and "a liar and the father of
lies." Satan was morally evil from the beginning of his existence and sinned before any human being did. Satan
originated sin and tempts other personal beings to do so.
2. How do Satan and demons operate against human beings
1 Ki 14:24,
1 Ki 18:25-28,
Ps 106: 35-37,
2 Cor 11:14,
1 John 4:1,
1 Thes 2:17-18,
1 Cor 7:5,
1 Thes 3:5,
2 Thes 2:9-10,
2 Cor 4:3-4,
2 Cor 12:7,
1 Sam 18:10-11,
A. They attempt to discourage the worship of God and cause the
destruction of God’s prized creation – man.
They do so by deceiving human beings to worship demons as gods
(Deut 32:16-17), encourage immoral sexual
worship practices (1 Ki 14:24,
Deut 23:17), include self flagellation as
an acceptable form of worship (1 Ki 18:25-28,
Deut 14:1), and promote such abodinable
practices such as child sacrifice (Ps 106: 35-37).
While these worship practices are recorded in the Old Testament, some of
them still continue to this day. Idol worship has a demonic basis, and is indirectly a
worship of demons, which leads to immoral and self destructive practices. Idols can also
include objects that are less obvious that people worship such as money, houses, land, fame,
pride, and acheivements in the name of the Lord (Eph 5:5).
B. They attempt to discourage the witness and ministry effectiveness
of the Christians.
Satan and his demons work through human beings to discredit true teachers
of the Gospel, question the authenticity of true teachers, and encourage false teachers
(2 Cor 11:14,
1 John 4:1).
They deceive human beings to attribute the good work of Christians to
other gods (Acts 14:8-13).
They try to impede effective Christians from traveling and spreading the Gospel
(1 Thes 2:17-18).
They will tempt Christians to sin and render their witness ineffective
(1 Cor 7:5,
1 Thes 3:5).
3. What are Satan’s methods?
1. Youngblood RF, Bruce FF, and Harrison RK eds., Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary,
Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers (1995).
2. Elwell WA ed, Topical Analysis of the Bible, Grand Rapids: Baker Book House Company
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