Posted: December 14, 2013 in Bible Truths, Demons, Fallen Angels, False Religions, GOD, Jesus Christ, Paranormal, Uncategorized, Warfare

1. Study the Biblical record of the words of Satan. His words serve as a further introduction to his strategies: Genesis 3:1,4,5; Job 1:7-12; Job 2:1-6; Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13.
2. Satan is an exact opposite of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit was sent by God to draw men to Himself. Satan is committed to draw men away from God.

Holy Spirit Satan References
Spirit of truth Spirit of Error I John 4:6
True A liar John 14:17; 8:44
Life giving A murderer I Corinthians 15:45; John 8:44
Holy Evil Romans 1:4; Matthew 6:13
Like a dove Like a serpent Matthew 3:16; Revelation 12:9
Our helper Our adversary Romans 8:26; I Peter 5:8
Gives utterance Makes men dumb Acts 2:4; Mark 9:17
Advocate Slanderer John 14:16; Job 1:9-11
Stronger than Satan Strong armed man Luke 11:21-22
3. Jesus said Satan…
Is an enemy: Matthew 13:39
Is the wicked one: Matthew 13:38
Is the prince of this world: John 12:31; 14:30
Is a liar and the father of lies: John 8:44
Is a murderer: John 8:44
Fell from Heaven: Luke 10:18
Has a kingdom: Matthew 12:26
Sows tares among the wheat: Matthew 13:38-39
Snatches the Word from hearers: Matthew 13:19; Mark 4:15; Luke 8:12
Bound a woman for eighteen years: Luke 13:16
Desired to have Peter: Luke 22:31
Has angels: Matthew 25:41
Is prepared for eternal fire: Matthew 25:41
4. In studying this lesson on Satan, have you identified areas in which the enemy is active in your life? Has he deceived you and lied to you? Has he subtly crept into your life to destroy and rob you of joy, peace, or your Christian testimony? It is important to determine this, because areas in which Satan is operative in your life are battlefields in which you will apply the strategies you will learn in this course.
5. Satan is compared to a snake or serpent in the natural world. Consider the spiritual application of the following natural principles:
The venom of poisonous snakes falls into three categories:
Neurotorins: Which affect the nerves.
Hemotorins: Which affect the blood.
Cardiotorins: Which affect the heart.
Satan also affects your nerve (courage), your heart (to attack your worship and service of God), and tries to prevent the work of the blood of Jesus (salvation, healing, deliverance) in your life.
Snakes protect themselves by:
• Disguise: Some snakes are very hard to see because they look like the dirt or trees in which they are found.
• Imitation: Some snakes protect themselves by imitation. One example is the
African tree viper which “freezes” itself and sticks its neck out like a twig on a tree.
• Increased size: The puff adder protects itself by blowing itself up as big as possible.
• Frightening sounds: Some snakes hiss or rattle, making frightening sounds to scare you away. Your spiritual enemy comes disguised as an “angel of light” and imitates the things of God. He also tries to frighten you by appearing large and threatening.
Snakes capture their food in four different ways:
• Strike: A swift attack.
• Constriction: Where the snake wraps itself around the target and slowly squeezes out its life.
• Throwing weight around over the prey to overcome it.
• Biting and holding the target in its fangs while slow poison paralyzes the target. Sometimes the snake’s teeth are broken off in the struggle, but snakes are constantly developing new teeth. The most dangerous part of a snake is its mouth. It shoots enough venom to paralyze, then devours its prey.
Do you see how these methods parallel those used in attacks of Satan? Sometimes he attacks with swift and deadly strikes. Other times he constricts your spiritual life with the cares of the world and sinful weights and entanglements. He is always trying to “throw his weight around” to terrorize you, and he loves to hold you in bondage while paralyzing you with his deadly venom.
Snakes locate their prey by picking up dust on their tongue which relays information to their brain. If you stand still, a snake cannot locate you. Satan spots you best when the dust is stirred up and you are running in confusion and fear. When the dust is settled and you stand against him fearlessly, just like snake, he cannot strike you. This is why the Bible says “stand still.”..and “keep on standing.”
In a panic situation, a snake will shoot all of its venom at once and is then rendered defenseless for awhile until it can produce more venom. It is possible that this is what occurred in the wilderness temptation when Jesus used the Word of God against Satan’s attacks and caused Satan to “depart from him for a season.”
Here are some ways to avoid snake bite in the natural world. Note that they are also applicable in the spiritual realm:
1. Recognize poisonous snakes (know your enemy).
2. Wear protective clothing (your spiritual armor).
3. Avoid known snake territory (do not go into areas of known temptation or Satanic activity).
4. Have a friend with you (this illustrates the importance of being part of the Body of Christ).
5. Avoid walking after dark or in darkened areas. Snakes avoid direct sunlight. (as believers, we no longer walk as children of the dark but as children of light!)
6. Do not put your hands or feet into places you cannot look (guard your fleshly senses).
7. Do not sit down without looking around carefully (stationary targets are easier to hit than moving targets).
8. Do not go out of your way to kill a snake. Thousands of people are bitten each year because they try to kill them without knowing anything of their habits or habitats. (We are to resist the Devil when we encounter him, not go looking for him).
9. Know what to do in case of snakebite (defensive warfare). In case of snakebite, the first thing that is done in the natural world is to make a cut in the shape of a cross (+) over each fang mark and then suck the poison out. What an illustration of the work of the cross of Jesus Christ in freeing us from the “poison” of sin.
We have authority over serpents. In Genesis 3, God pronounced a curse upon the serpent (Satan). He said that his head would be bruised by the seed of the woman (Jesus) and that the heel of the seed (Jesus) would be bruised by the serpent.
The “bruise” on the “heel” of Jesus speaks of the pressure resulting from bruising Satan’s head on the cross of Calvary. When Jesus bruised the head of Satan, it was much like severing the head of a poisonous snake in the natural world. A snake’s head can be severed from its body, but it still can bite for hours afterwards. The heart has been known to keep beating for two days and the snake’s body can continue to move.
Jesus severed the head of the “serpent” at Calvary, but the serpent still has life. He is still active in the world today and he still has power. But Satan has no authority. The only authority he has in your life is what you give him and the power and authority within you (Jesus) is greater than his power.


1. Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (I Peter 5:8)
2. Satan was originally created as an angel by God.
3. In his former position, Satan was an angel named Lucifer, an anointed cherub.
4. Satan fell from his position because of pride and rebellion which was expressed in terms of five statements of “I Will.”
5. See the results listed in Chapter Five.
6. Satan’s sphere of activity is both Heaven and earth.
7. The general activities of Satan are always directed against God, His plan, and His people; their worship, the Word, their work, and walk.
8. Study the list given in Chapter Five.


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