Jesus Loves Me, This I Know – Satan Hates Me This I Know, Too

Ezekiel28:12 ..”`You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were

Satan on his way to bring about the downfall o...
Satan on his way to bring about the downfall of Adam. Gustave Doré’s illustration for Paradise Lost by John Milton. Paradise Lost Book III, lines 739-742 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, [2] turquoise and beryl. [3] Your settings and mountings [4] were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. 14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. 15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. 16 Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. 17 Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.'”

Sara has made mention about whether or not satan exists as an actual being, or if instead, he is just this vague force of evil. I have remained silent about how I know satan is a real being, with a separate identity and personality, because people have to decide and understand their own relationships with God, and in turn, with satan. I’ve watched as several people around me have sunk into a kind of despair this week, and it has been hard for me to not point at some of the fingerprints I recognize and advise on the war tactics against the devil that have worked for me. But, until one accepts that satan and his army of fallen angels are indeed as real as you and me, there is no warring against them. You can’t fight an enemy that you don’t even believe in.

To me, though, satan has always been distressingly real, and the more I got to understand his hatred for Jesus and for us, the easier it was for me to turn all the anger that I’ve grappled with towards him as a target. Now, Sara is beginning to wonder if she may have been initially incorrect about this enemy’s actual existence, and it feels like a good time to put my thoughts on the enemy down.

I find it sad that some churches are either unaware, or uninterested, in talking about the existence of satan. If we are looking at it from a financial standpoint, talking about the devil is just bad business. No one wants to feel threatened, and we sure don’t want some spooky para-normal entity to be lurking around us. How many people would actually agree to become Christians if they really understood the nature of the war we are embroiled in? Some, like my one commenter, seek to come to a truce with him, signaling to me a complete lack of knowledge about the being of satan as he really exists. Other either ignore his existence, or completely steer their minds away from dwelling on him at all.

I think that is just another brilliant ploy by the enemy to render some people ineffectual. I am not caught in that web, and maybe that is one of the main reasons he launches his minions to attack me constantly…He doesn’t try to convince me anymore that he can be bargained with, ignored, or disbelieved. Now, he just tries to wear me down.. 🙂 Ahhh, but I still have all this righteous anger, which grows by the minute when I see what he does to all the people around me, and because of that, I keep my eyes always open for the next attack.

I am always cautious about not being arrogant when dealing with satan, mainly because the bible told us not to, but also I have a healthy respect for his power as my enemy. He’s been plying his trade since the beginning of time…I’ve been here about 44 years…if it weren’t for Jesus, I’d never win any battles against him! But one of the gifts I believe Jesus has blessed me with is my understanding of satan’s ploys and motivations, and knowing the tricks of the enemy does help stave off some of his attacks. I think this goes back to the hyper-vigilance I developed, and my love for strategy games. Jesus works all the bad things that happen to us to His good… I see that truth all over my life!

I don’t believe that satan himself is behind every evil thing that happens in my life. I have a sinful, fallen nature just like everyone else, but I do recognize when satan’s little minions show up to party in my existence…Anymore, they are woefully desperate, throwing attack after attack at me. And, as it seems to be happening with Sara, they might be over-playing their hands a bit. Sara wasn’t inclined to believe in satan at all, had he not been trying to show her how powerful he himself was, as she indicated here. It makes me chuckle a little, too. I can honestly say I thought he was going to blow it with her exactly the way he did. 🙂 Pride goes before the fall, always. The principle applies to satan and his minions as well.

The scriptures indicate that the devil is a being with manipulative skills and able to receive a curse – Genesis 3.

He was called the Day Star, Son of Dawn – Isaiah 14:12-15 Why name some vague evil force?

Sinners are considered his sons – John 8:44 Evil forces don’t have family.

He is a liar and the father of lies – John 8:44

He is a schemer – Ephesians 6:11-18 A really, really good one, and a worthy enemy.

He has a history and a destiny….

Some of my favorites about his history and destiny:

“And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.”

“..and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

The bible seems very clear that satan is very real, and is indeed, his very own being with his own personality, desires, and agendas. He roams the earth, seeking any he can destroy…A very horrible and terrible temper-tantrum, because though he knows he will not win this war, he seeks to cause as much pain to us, which in turn hurts Jesus. He intends to take as many of us with him into the lake of fire, causing as much pain as he can possibly wrought before he loses. I think I even see a glimpse of his own refusal to see things the way they really are, always hoping that something will change, and the outcome will be different. But he is a creation, and the creation is never more powerful than the Creator. I am confident in my belief that satan gets his in the end.
There is nothing evil about understanding your enemy, and there is nothing to gain by pretending you don’t have any enemy at all….
— Bird

 

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46 thoughts on “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know – Satan Hates Me This I Know, Too”

  1. this was EXCELLENT! I so believe in Satan also. He even uses my brother’s illness in ways I won’t go into on here, but he does, and sometimes i recognize it and sometimes i don’t. it is the power of God with me, that pulls me back up where I belong. I believe 100%, that any days Al has had lately that are good, are the reasons of God. The anointing of him and his room, has placed God even closer to him. Satan plays me also, to believe terrible things in life. God also uses you bloggers to help pull me up and to put it very simply, I just don’t know where I would be with out God. He is wonderful, merciful forgiving, and loving. There is no man on earth who can love me more. Satan, get thee behind me!!!!

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  2. Nice post! I have never knowingly seen satan, but I have been hit with his damaging force many times in my 68 years. I have learned to withstand his attacks with an greater force, God and as Psalm 18:2 says: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
    I have learned that as long as I stand on that rock no force, no matter how great, can budge me off. God has blessed me immensely and I thank Him everyday for watching over and protecting me. There is no other like Him.
    I believe that we should be teaching new Christians how to defeat satan and his forces, along with warning them of his power and existence. Telling them he exists without teaching them how to defeat them is, to me, almost worse than ignoring his existence.
    Now I will get off my soapbox and pray I haven’t offended anyone.
    I wish you all a blessed afternoon and evening.
    Walk daily with God at your side!

    Ed

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  3. This is so cool Bird. And perfect timing. While I’m not ready to join the battle actively as you have, I will get there. I feel I don’t have a lot of time, and one of the reasons for it, is how intensified Satan’s attacks seem to be.

    While I wrote my piece late last night, I came across a picture of Xena, the Warrior Princess and her friend in full combat gear, which made me laugh out loud, as I could picture us standing there side by side, ready to take on Satan. But for the love of God, why are female warriors alwasy dressed so skimpily?

    I am a little pissed right now, since I have a medium sized fish to fry with a church who seems to have stolen a lot of my writings without my permission. As I consider this, I will leave it for the time being. After all, it may not be an important battle to fight, but I must say that I don’t feel it’s ok for them to be using my writings without asking me. Oh, well, what can you do. Just goes to prove not all Christians are trustworthy.

    But back to this: I am, more than ever, so incredibly happy that we met, and I hope we will remain strong together in this journey.

    Hugs, and a happy mother’s day to you.

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    1. I was told a church was “stealing” my stuff too. At first I was super angry, but now I’m thinking that if people understand the truths I’m tossing out there, or hear them second hand, then I don’t care. God’s agenda is more important than my copyright. However, my book is going to be mainly new stuff so there isn’t a problem with it already being heard. And God isn’t going to bless thieves…He isn’t like that, so they should tread warily. We’re always going to be fine..we’re getting good at dodging the flaming arrows anymore! Happy Mother’s Day to you, too. Hope it is wonderful!!

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      1. I used to work in a church some years ago and did some writing for them – which was mostly used in pamphlets and such. I always made sure to include a copyright, at the time more for claiming ownership of what I wrote. Nothing big.

        But as I’ve made research and browsed through the vastness of the internet, I came across some things that seemed oddly familiar. Oh, well, if these people feel like they need to use my words, then so be it. I don’t think I care enough to do anything about it.

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  4. Awesome Bird!!!! I was thinking last night how to phrase something like this altogether, and you’ve done it!!!!! Its always important to acknowledge that we have a piweful enemy. He was once a very well loved and favoured being before he became the worst enemy anyone could have. So while he does have power, he will never be more powerful than the Creator, something the Devil is yet to fully understand. Until then, God will just have to keep reminding him what happens when he interferes with those who belong to God. Happy Mother’s Day to you and Sara!! 😀

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  5. Ephesians 6:16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. (NKJV)
    Bird,
    The faith and confidence in Christ you expressed so well here are the most important defences.

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  6. Wonderful teaching on Satan, Bird! I agree with you. I think each person needs to come their own realization that Satan is real. I know he is, and know when he is afoot. I also know that it is important when dealing with him that you put the name of Jesus before him…nothing scares him more. Satan knows we are mere humans, even if the Holy Spirit is in us, but he knows that in the end his defeat will be at the hands of Jesus Christ, and that scares him. His attacks on us are not because of us, but because of Christ in us. He wants nothing more than to separate us from Christ. That is when we need to put Christ Jesus between ourselves and Satan.

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  7. Just about everything that needs to be said about Satan you covered in your very good blog on the subject. Like you, I was waiting for Sara to come to her own conclusions and thoughts and so did not write in depth about my belief in a very real being…I have met this ‘being’ and because of the strength of my faith and knowledge that Christ is stronger…and His words…I was able to stand up to Him..When I say I met him you will know that I did not see him but felt his evil presence in such a strong way that I knew to get out my Bible and confront him with Jesus’ words and commands….just some thoughts…Diane

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  8. I started a series on the lies of Satan last Wednesday. I love being able to share related articles I find that back up what I’m writing. I look forward to posting a link to your awesome article this coming Wednesday. I’ve been feeling attacked off and on for the past month. In all truth and honesty, I believe the little set-to with Ark was a part of what I’ve been feeling and rebelling against. After all that was written, I just felt this darkness around me last week. It scared me at first, but as CCT mentioned above, I got deep into some “fighting” scriptures last week. I also felt an urging of the Holy Spirit just to let some things go. That these things weren’t coming from a place of ignorance, but of cunning and wile. I loved what you wrote Bird. Very wise and very timely. Sandy

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  9. I am sure there is a force -energy?- that is diametrically opposed to love, the dark side as it is referred to in certain films, and this may be construed as your satan, and as love can manifest in many ways so can its opposite number, evil. But as an actual being? No. Not likely.Merely another myth and literary construct that is found
    under different names and guises in a hundred cultures throughout history.
    The mind is powerful.

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          1. omg. i never want satan to reveal himself to me!!! holy crap!! but then others need a knock in the head in order to believe, so i say go for it unbelievers………………see what happens………..

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  10. Hi Bird, Happy Momma’s Day!

    I got to tell you that I hit ‘like’ before I even read your post. The title alone had me interested and stirred up. Satan is very real and the moment we acknowledge his existence and our own nature to sin, Jesus become the very reason for the victory in this life and life eternal.

    Great post!

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  11. One thing I wanted to mention, is that scripture has clearly stated Satan to be our enemy. He knows and believes Jesus was the Son of God. He has it hung on the walls because he’s deathly terrified, yet he still messes with us because his intention to take God down is his only goal.
    Also, if we didn’t at least believe in Satan to be real, think of how much faith it takes us to believe Jesus is in fact, real.

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    1. Good point, Liza! I don’t find it hard to believe in satan at all…In fact, it makes my fight easier, not harder. Thank you for the comment!

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    1. Thank you so much, Tricia. I’ve ended up making some wonderful friends through this blog, and I look forward to making another one in you. Thanks for following me, too!!

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  12. Hi Bird,
    Now I know why you got that award 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts here.
    I’m not a writer and blogging is new to me.
    Anyways, keep up the good work. May the good lord continue
    to bless you with wisdom to inspire all your readers.

    God Bless!

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    1. Thank you for this amazing compliment! This blogging adventure has been really fun..I think you are really going to love it! Thank you for checking out my site, and I’ll be sure to follow yours as well!

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  13. Very well stated Bird. I like this, more teaching needs to be done on this type of material. Far to many “Christians” (sorry but I don’t even like that term despite it being in one of my blogs) don’t even believe in the existence of Satan, or they downplay his role in things…how foolish.

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