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The Adversary, The Devil

Lesson No.

7

Nov 18, 2023

Subject: The Adversary, The Devil

Scripture Reading: Matthew 4: 1 – 11

Memory Verse: 1 Peter 5: 8


Objective: To recognize when the devil is at work in the lives of believers.


Introduction: Many believe Satan is a harmless character in a red suit with a pitchfork, a pair of horns and a long tail. In fact, he bears no physical appearance to the fairy tale version. He is a spiritual being who possesses power, is very clever, deceitful, subtle, fierce, and stops at nothing to contend with God and oppose His people. We have an enemy who is the leader of the angels cast down with him from heaven. If by any means we are going to stand against him, we need to know who we are up against.


1. How did the Prophet Ezekiel describe Satan in Ezekiel 28: 12 – 15, and what led to his fall? Ezekiel 28: 15 – 19, Isaiah 14: 12 – 17


2. How does the scripture describe him after his fall from grace? Matthew 13: 38, John 8: 44, Romans 16: 20, 1 Thessalonians 3: 5, 1 Peter 5: 8, Revelation 12: 9, Revelation 20: 1 – 2


3. From where is Satan operating and what is his purpose? Job 2: 2, Revelation 12: 9 & 12, 1 Peter 5: 8


4. After his fall from grace, Satan began his mission to destroy God's creation. How was this captured in Genesis 3: 1 – 5 and how effective was his strategy? Genesis 3: 6.


5. Explain the impact of the devil's influence on man. Genesis 3: 16 – 19, Genesis 4: 8 – 12, Genesis 27: 6 – 10, 2 Samuel 11: 1 – 5 & 14 – 16, Luke 22: 3 – 6, Acts 5: 1 – 5


6. At what stage common stage of the believer’s life does he attacked and how did Jesus demonstrate how to overcome this devil? Matthew 4: 1 & 2, Matthew 4: 3 – 4


7. What are some deeds of the flesh that show the devil's influence on our lives? Galatians 5: 12, 1 John 3: 15,Colossians 3: 5 – 10; and how are we cautioned in Matthew 24: 24, 2 Corinthians 11: 13 – 15?


8. What authority do we have over Satan? Luke 10: 19, and how can we withstand him? Ephesians 6: 11, James 4: 7


9. Will Satan always have influence over the lives of believers? Matthew 25: 41, and what will be his fate? Revelation 20: 10


Note: The devil is our number one enemy. He uses every conceivable approach to deceive and ultimately destroy the people of God. His tactics have not changed; he however has modified the ways in which he launches his attacks. As such we must neither underestimate nor overestimate his powers and abilities. It matters not how much attacks, evil and chaos the devil causes in a believer's life, but rather take comfort in the fact that there is no hope for him. The bible clearly states that he is destined for hell.


Thought Provoking Question: Are you giving place to the devil?

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