Bible Study Outline on Satan
Satan and the Demons Were Once Angels
Satan, also known as Luciffer, used to be one of the archangels in heaven. He was very handsome. However, he became proud and wanted to be higher than God. In the end, Satan and his followers fought against Michael and the army of God. Satan and his angels lost the battle and they were thrown into hell. Hell is a place God created for Satan and his angels. After that, Satan and his angels turned into the devils and demons.
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.Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. (Isaiah 14:12-15 KJV)
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more. (Ezekiel 28:11-19 KJV)
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. (Revelation 12:7-12 KJV)
Satan can disguise Himself as the Angel of Light
Since Satan and the demons used to be angels, they can transform themselves into the appearance of angels so that you would not recognize them. However, you can distinguish whether they are the real angels by testing them with the word of God. Satan and the demons know God’s words too but they don’t agree with the gospel. They may twist God’s words to harm you or lead you astray from God. Therefore, you must be wise as Satan is very smart at using circumstances, people, and etc to deceive and harm you so that you don’t even realize it. If it is a real angel, you will have peace in your heart. In 2 Corinthians 11:14 KJV, and no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Satan Likes to Attack the Weak
Satan likes to look for weak people to attack. This is why people who are weak in their spiritual lives and minds can easily be attacked. The devil is constantly on the lookout for more souls in hell. Many people think that the devil doesn’t attack Christians but this is not true. Both Christians and non Christians can be attacked by Satan.
The special thing about being a Christian is that you are the child of God. As the child of God, you can take up your authority of prayer and pray to God. In John 15:7 KJV, if ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
You can also rebuke the devil in Jesus name. However, it is recommended that you don’t rebuke the devil unless you are strong. When you resist the devil, the devil will first look for your weak point to attack you before leaving you alone. He will keep on attacking you on your weak point until you overcome your weak point. For example, if you have fear and doubt, the devil knows and he can attack you. Fear and doubt open doorways for the devil to attack you. In 1 Peter 5:8 KJV, be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour
From time to time, the devil will stand in front of God’s thrones and bring accusations on different people of God. In Job 1:7 KJV, and the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
If you sin and have weak points, the devil knows and this gives him an opportunity to attack you. The devil is always evil and nothing good can come from him. If he promised you good things, it will eventually end up ruining your life. His aim to steal, kill and destroy. 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. (John 10:10 KJV) Therefore, you must be smart and never compromise with the devil on any occasion. Compromising with the devil means giving him permission to attack and destroy you but you may not even realize it. In 1 John 3:8 KJV, he that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Satan is the Father of Lies
Satan is the father of lies. He always tries to deceive. He may twist the truth, God’s words, but his aim is to deceive you. Deceive means Satan can say the truth but use a strategy to twist it so that you don’t know the evil motive behind him. In John 8:44 KJV, ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Satan is the Ruler of this World
Satan dominates the world in that he encourages worldliness. Worldliness is of Satan. If you are worldly, you will be selfish and stingy. All kinds of worldliness are sins including vanity, covetousness, idolatry, pride, hatred, jealousy, and etc. Nowadays, many churches are more and more tolerating worldliness because the world is becoming more and more modern. As Christians, we should stand out from the rest of others so that people will recognize us as the disciples of Jesus Christ. Some Christians dress themselves and have hairstyles that are so similar to pagans. Such Christians are not the true followers of Jesus Christ.
In 1 John 2:15-17 KJV, Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 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. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. In Romans 12:2 KJV, and be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
You must resist the devil so that he can flee (James 4:7). If you did not resist the devil, it means you are giving him permission to enter into your life. We may get involved with spiritual battle with the devil from time to time. If you want to be strong in Christ, you must often spend time in prayer. Praying can build up your spiritual life. In addition, you should regularly read the bible as it will instills the knowledge of the word of God in you. If you don’t have the word of God, the devil knows you are not following God properly and he can easily attack you. In Ephesians 6:12 KJV, for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.