The purpose of the enemy is stated in the Bible.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
He was an angel of God who was influential and powerful. He is called Lucifer which means ” son of the morning”. He was a very great angel and higher than the others but due to his pride and arrogance, God brought him low.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
He reasoned to plan against God but the Lord battled with him and He became successful and victorious.
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
When he came on earth , he became wroth, for his vision failed, due to that , he decided to break the relationship God had with man and also destroy the good works of the Living God.
Was able to capture Adam and Eve and took hold on them, that is stealing.
God told Adam a word about the tree (forbidden) he shouldn’t eat from, this word that God gave to Adam was what was protecting him and also made the enemy come not to him till he lied to the woman.
The enemy was able to convince the woman and the woman being posessed, she was also able to convince Adam. This was the fall of Adam and Eve, for the enemy stole the word God planted in them and the life and all the authority and power and gave them evil seed.
Immediately as the Lord told them that, the moment they will eat the fruit , they will die, surely they did not survived to live in eternity.
One thing you must know is his influence (traps and tactical words and works).
He is a lier and abode not in the truth, through his influential, his purpose is to make the relationship man have with God broken or destroyed.
He came to Jesus Christ several times just to make Him fall.
Through lies, which is the devices of him and he is the master and father of it.
Also, he used lies to influence Eve and Adam and stole their heart away.
He used lies.
For the works and words of Satan, goes contrary to the word of God.
All his works are abominable unto the Lord and he the Lord hate them all.
For the lust too, he is the father of it.
Though,Satan lied to Eve but she also quoted what the Lord has told them.
But she got attracted by the beauty of the tree.
She lusted after the tree and due to that, the enemy got her.
She look at the tree lustfully.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
This was how Satan got her and Adam.
Again, when Satan appeared to Jesus Christ, he revealed the kingdom of this world unto Jesus Christ m, thinking that , Jesus would love it and bow unto him.
But for Jesus Christ, the second Adam being so wise and by God’s grace conquered the enemy with the word of God.
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is a written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
So he uses lust too.
1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Satan was able to steal the heart of Judas Iscariot through lust for money to betray Jesus Christ.
Judas whom Satan entered into his to betrayed Jesus Christ did that for money sake.
The lust for substances amd coveteuousnes.
Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.
And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.
And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.
These are some of the ways the enemy uses to steal people from God.
Satan is the master and the father of pride.
He sees himself to be higher than everyone.
For this his seed, he sows into the lives of those who he steals.
1 Chronicles 21:1-7
And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.
And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.
And Joab answered, The LORD make his people an hundred times so many more as they be: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord’s servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel?
Nevertheless the king’s word prevailed against Joab. Wherefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem.
And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all they of Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah was four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.
But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the king’s word was abominable to Joab.
And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel.
The enemy influenced David to stand against the word of God by provoking him. David looked on the power he was having as the king and even spake against Joab who decided to disclose what the hates on what he was about to do. He refused to listen to Joab because the heart was directed by the enemy and saw himself at that time superior than the counselors and all the elders around him.
Is the same enemy who through King Herod sought to kill Jesus Christ.
He stole king Herod and it was not by the will of the king. But he had power over him that he will use him to abort the vision of God about the salvation that God was bringing to the world.
Herod just thought Jesus Christ will be the king in his stead but the devil empowered the king to take this action that there will be no saviour for the world.
THE MAIN AIM OF THE REASONS WHY THE ENEMY PLOT ALL THESE THINGS.
As God rejected him, he decided to destroy all the good works of the Lord and all those who belongs to God, that human being will not get good and close relationship with God as he is not having due to his pride.
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
So all what he did unto those he stole their heart, he made them loose the relationship they had with God.
He plant or sow sin the heart of those who he steals. For he is the father of the flesh and had power and influence over it.
So as the first man Adam became disobedient unto God , the enemy got hold over the world and ruled with his power over multitude flesh.
He sees continued to grow from generation to generations.
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
God saw that, the heart of man has become darkened.
Sin as the seed of the enemy entered into multitude and God did not related to those who were sinning.
Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
The relationship God had with Adam and Eve was also destroyed and was not like the first.
At first, God came to Adam in the garden of Eden and speak with him, but because of his sin, he never saw God again but rather heard his voice.
Gradually as sin became rampant, the other generation did not heard the voice as Adam, Eve and Cane were hearing but God chose prophets who spoke for the nation, a priest who interceded and offered sacrifices and burnt offerings to ask for forgiveness of sins.
HIS MEANS FOR WINNING OTHERS .
The devil, is a personality without body who works through objects.
He is a Spirit and does not work to convince or influence man alone, but uses objects.
At first, when he appeared unto the woman, he used the sepant, because of it subtility.
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
The sepant talked with the woman and was able to convince her.
He uses human being.
Is not everyone who is having God’s Spirit.
If he take hold on you, or steal you, he uses you as an instrument for sin.
For he is having other demons who are working with the aim of destroying the kingdom of God.
They initiate people into their kingdom and gives them power to destroy others amd win others into their kingdom.
He has people like, those who are in the witchcraft, occults , chief priest, “mallams”, prostitutes, murderers, magicians, and all others who works with him which he is the father of it.
These are the people he uses to operate with.
For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
He gives them assignment that they will also win souls for him.
They can be your family member, friends, in your home town, at your school and every place at all even within the gathering of the saint he fears not to come. For his vision is to make someone fall.
Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.
And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
Your is to be vigilant as a Christian and sober.
1 Peter 5:8-9
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
Do not trust any man but put your trust only in God and be watchful and study the word of God to gain knowledge.
The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.
Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.
You will not know the kind of Spirit ruling them.
God richly bless you in Jesus name. Amen.
Part one of THE PURPOSE OF THE ENEMY (satan)
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