(9) 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.
There is much we can learn from the titles that are given to Bible characters. In this text we find four titles given to the fallen angel, or demon, that is commonly called “the Devil”…
1. the great dragon – one that fascinates, mesmerizes, enchants
He is described as a dragon because he uses temptations to captivate the thoughts of individuals, causing them to become obsessed and desirous with sin and acts of rebellion against God…
Gen 3:6 KJV – “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.”
2. that old serpent – the ancient one that is sly, cunning, deceitful
He is described as a serpent reminding us of his deceiving, misleading ways that result in a person becoming confused and uncertain of the truths of God and His Word…
2Co 11:3 KJV – “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
3. Devil – accuser, slanderer
He is the one that accuses the brethren before God…
Rev 12:10 KJV – “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”
4. Satan – adversary, opponent, enemy
He is the enemy of the cause of Christ, always seeking to hinder the Lord’s receipt of honor and glory from His people…
Mat 16:23 KJV – “But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.”
Folks, this same demonic being is constantly “on the prowl” seeking out those he can destroy…
1Pe 5:6-9 KJV – “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 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.”
How do we oppose such a great foe? In this set of verses we are given the keys to successfully overcome Satan’s workings…
- Humble ourselves before the Lord. This means we recognize our inability to oppose Satan of our own power and we look to the Lord for enablement.
- Give our concerns to the Lord. Do not allow Satan to work in our minds, taking our attention off the Lord by causing us to worry about our lot in life.
- Be ever watchful and alert. Recognize Satan’s workings in our lives. Do not allow him to worl unawares in our minds.
- Resist Satan’s workings by faith. We look to the Lord trusting Him and His grace in our lives to enable us to stand firm against Him. By faith continue to serve Him even when Satan makes it appear as if we are losing out on the sinful pleasures of the world. By faith serve the Lord even when it does not seem to “make sense” to do so.
- Keep in mind, any opposition we are facing have been faced by our other brothers and sisters in Christ. We are not alone. There are others facing the same temptations that are watching who we handle this situation. Will we set the example of faithfulness or be a stumbling block to others trying to serve our Lord?
By God’s grace may we all stand firm against the wiles of Satan and be victorious in our service to our Lord.
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