Satan's Hatred For God And His People
As I turned the pages of my Bible for more and more evidences why I must hate Satan and have a settled dislike for him, I found nothing to love. There is nothing good or lofty about him, nothing to be desired about him, there is nothing holy about Him.
He is described as the “Power of darkness” Prince of this world”, “Prince of the powers of the air”, “ Beelzebub the prince of devils”, “The enemy”, “ Wicked one”, “ The spirit that works in the children of disobedience”, “the adversary” and many more repulsive terms. His fall is as a result of his obsessive interest in being God with God (Isaiah 14:12-14) which turned into a strong aversion for God and His followers and so he has become our adversary (I peter 5:8).
Throughout the history of God’s church Satan has always been on the attack. He stood before the woman ( the church of God- since woman was always used to symbolize the people of God Isaiah 54:5,6, Ephesians 5:23-25,29,31,320) to devour her child as soon it was born Revelation 12:4. “He persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.” Revelation 12:13. The prophetic vision of “him casting out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood” is seen Revelation 12:15. And his war against the remnant of her seed is spoken of, “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.” Revelation 12:17.
Hence, Paul’s admonition and warning to the church, “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.” Ephesians 6:12. One might ask why is his wrath kindled against this little flock? Well, Satan and his angels are seeking to devour us because we shew forth YHWH’s praise by having no Gods with him. Psalm 86:12, Mark 12:28-33. The keeping of the commandments shows the indwelling of the divine Nature and the Divine Character -John 14:15,21,23, 1 John 3:24. And if God dwells in you, you are testifying of God’s God-aloneness in the face of Lucifer’s’ argument that he is God with God. This remnant has the testimony of Jesus Christ also. One thing we know for sure is that the testimony of Jesus is that God is God alone and he alone must be worshipped as God and not Satan Matthew 4:10. “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” The angel also told John that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy Rev 19:10. It is through justification one receives the gift of the Holy Spirit ( Galatians 3:7-9, 14) and He reveals things to come John 16:13. Now the Holy Spirit is God dwelling in you 2 Corinthians 3:17, 1 John 3:24.
Being under the rulership of God through the gift of the Holy Spirit in our hearts is opposite to the experience you had before. "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others…that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.” Ephesians 2:2,3,12. Thus you were exalting Satan to be God with God. The experience of sinfreeness that the remnant has as a result of God dwelling in them, exalts YHWH to be God alone; they glorify Him through the faith of Christ that they believe Romans 4:20, Psalm 86: 12,11,9,10. The oneness of God causes the devils to tremble James 4:7 and thus his wrath is directed to the church that keeps the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus. Satan hates the church for living its purpose, witnessing that YHWH is God alone. The question I will ask at this point, is, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” I pray that we will all develop in the truths of Christ, hating sin, that all our answers would be, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8: 35, 37-39. Amen
Sis. Karima Paris