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Why would we ever want to know the devil? Because we will never overcome him unless we know something of his sinister purposes, his devious tactics and his universal influence.

George C. Scott portrayed George Patton in the film biography of the World War II general’s career. There is a scene in which Scott as Patton reflects on the defeat of the German field Marshall, Erwin Rommel. He said something like, “Rommel, I read your book.”

We have to read the book on our enemy, the devil. A few of many things we need to know about him are the following:

  • He controls people. He has even been able to control people who walked in the physical presence of Jesus. Near the end of our Lord’s earthly ministry, he predicted His own death. Peter resisted the thought that such a thing could happen. Even with the passing of nearly 20 centuries, Jesus’ reaction to Peter is a shock.

Matthew 16:23

     23     But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

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  • He lies. He is the father of lies.

John 8:44

     44     You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

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  • He masquerades as an angel of light.

2 Corinthians 11:14

     14     No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

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He can start with a premise or a practice that is clearly the opposite of what God wants and put a spin on it that makes it sound like you have God’s backing for the most evil deeds imaginable.

  • He has universal influence. In Job 1, God asked Satan where he had been. In arrogance Satan shot back,

Job 1:7

     7     The Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.”

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You cannot go anywhere on this planet where Satan does not go.

Be better prepared to resist the devil and force him to flee from you.

James 4:7

     7     Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

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