who is Satan the devil

Who is Satan and did God create him evil? The Bible says Satan is an evil being and a mysterious creature from the underworld. Scriptures tell us that Satan is an evil being, also known as the devil, the serpent, the tempter, and the accuser of the brethren, God’s chosen people. But who is this evil being and where did he come from? Does Satan really exist, or is he an imaginary mythical creature? Although the Bible mentions the devil tens of times, God does not tell us a lot about him. However, the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel shed some light on Satan’s character. In prophecies to the king of Babylon and the king of Tyre, we get a glimpse of Satan as the spiritual power backing these two kings.

Where Did Satan Come From?

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). But before God created the first day or night, He created the angels. There are different types of angels. Lucifer is a cherub, belonging to the class of angels called cherubim the wisest. He is the wisest of God’s angels. However, God did not create this angel as an evil being.

Before he became the devil his name was Lucifer. Lucifer once held the most prestigious position in all of heaven. Ezekiel described Lucifer’s magnificence and perfection as God originally created him (Ezekiel 28:12-15). He was the model of perfection, full of wisdom, and flawless in beauty. However, God did not create Lucifer as some prime minister of evil. As with all God’s Creation, Satan was an immaculate being. He was God’s most trusted angel so to speak, that is before pride filled his heart.

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Isaiah 28:14 says Lucifer was the anointed cherub that covers. What does that mean? It means God anointed Lucifer to rule over all the angels of heaven. Also, he was to lead the angels in worship to God and be the enforcer of the laws that govern the kingdom of God. This is why he still accuses us of breaking God’s law. But the Bible says pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). This is exactly what happened to Lucifer. His pride led to his destruction, and his fall from the presence of the living God.

How Lucifer Became the Devil

“Then there was war in heaven; Michael and the angels under his command fought the dragon and his hosts of fallen angels. And the Dragon lost the battle and was forced from heaven. This great Dragon-the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world-was thrown down onto the earth with all his army” (Revelation 12:7-9 TLB). Isaiah also writes, “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12).

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Now an outcast, Lucifer would become Satan, the devil, the serpent, the tempter, and the accuser of the brethren (God’s chosen).  Ezekiel also says, “You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created” (Ezekiel 28:13).

Satan will forevermore be diabolos. However, God did not create Satan; Lucifer created him. He was born out of Lucifer’s pride. The Greek word, diabolos means “slanderer” or “accuser”; the spirit or power of evil. The devil is the malignant enemy of God and man. He accuses man to God, Job 1:6-11; 2:1-5; Revelation 12:9,10, and God to man, Genesis 3. The devil oppresses and afflicts people with physical sufferings, Acts 10:38. Because sin was in him from the beginning (1 John 3:8), he instigated the first man to sin, Genesis 3. He tempts people to do evil, Ephesians 4:27; 6:11, encouraging them by deception, Ephesians 2:2.

The Fall

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“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’” (Isaiah 14:12-14).

Lucifer was animus in his feelings for God. The reason I believe Lucifer began to hate God is that he was jealous of God’s Son, Yahweh, whom we also know as Jesus. Lucifer was jealous of the fact that God made His Son heir of His possessions. Lucifer wanted to be God so he would own everything. It was not enough to be an honored worker in charge of God’s kingdom, he wanted to own the kingdom. He wanted to be God. Therefore, he sought to kill God’s Son to get the kingdom for himself. (Matthew 21:33-40).

Satan’s fall actually began in God’s Garden, when Satan incited God’s beloved Adam to sin. God warned him that the day would come when he would be defeated and removed from the earth and the presence of God and mankind forever. “Because you have done this,” said God, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” (Genesis 3:14-15).

The Cross

For millennia Satan roamed the earth in stealth mode, deceiving people unaware. But his ability to remain undetected ended when Jesus was born. Jesus exposed the devil by making us aware of his tactics. No one on earth knew who Jesus was, but Satan knew Him. Demons cried out in terror that the Holy One of God had come to torment them (Luke 4:34).

Satan’s reign ended at the cross when he instigated Jesus’ crucifixion. Although Satan was the wisest of God’s creation, his wisdom was no match for God’s wisdom. He thought that if he killed the Son of God, everything would belong to him, including you and me. However, had Satan known the hidden mystery of the cross, he never would have crucified the Lord of glory (1 Corinthians 2:8).

Many people view the cross as an object that possesses magical powers. However, there is nothing magical about wearing a cross. The cross alone will not protect you from vampires and demons. The significance of the cross lies in what it represents.

The cross symbolizes victory for all mankind. God ripped Satan’s most powerful weapon, his weapon of accusation, from his hand at the cross. He no longer had the right to accuse God’s beloved man of breaking God’s law. Finally, there was a man born who had kept the whole law, thus rendering the devil powerless to God’s chosen. The cross symbolizes the atoning death of Jesus. It is a reminder of what Jesus did for us. It is also a powerful symbol to remind us of the price paid for our redemption.

The Beast and His Armies Defeated

The risen Lord, Jesus Christ, reveals Satan’s end to the Apostle John. John writes:

“And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. Then the beast was captured and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.

Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.” (Revelation 19:17-20).

Satan Bound, Believers Reigh With Christ

“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things, he must be released for a little while. (Revelation 20:1-3).

John adds he saw souls, beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God. These had not worshipped the beast or his image, neither did they receive his mark on their foreheads or in their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until after the thousand years had passed. (Revelation 20:4-5).

Satan and His Kingom Annihalated

When the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison. He will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog (Armageddon), to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. But fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. Then the devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever (Revelation 20:7-11)

By Faith You Can Live Victorious in Christ

The key to maintaining freedom from the oppression of the devil is faith. There is no need to be afraid of, or alarmed by the devil anymore. Because of what Christ did at the cross, you and I are justified before God. And it’s all because of our faith in Christ. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1).

The Bible says we overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. The scripture tells us that we were redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, but how do we overcome the devil with the word of our testimony? Faith does not just believe, faith also speaks. Because we are like God, we have the same faith that God has. Stop speaking Satan’s negative words of defeat and begin speaking faith-filled life-giving words.

You can have this peace today if you will simply welcome Jesus into your heart. Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” If you would like to start living the victorious life in Christ, pray this prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God. I believe You gave Your life as a ransom for me by dying on the cross. I believe You rose from the grave, conquering death, and you are seated at the right hand of the Father. Come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friends, if you prayed this prayer, you are now a new creation in Christ. Old things have passed away and all things have become new.

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Recovery from Heroin
Heroin is an opioid drug made from Morphine. It belongs to the category of opium related painkillers. It looks like a white or brown powder, or a sticky black tar. Many people smoke or snort heroin, while some inject it into their veins. The number of people who use heroin has steadily risen over the years.
Why do people use heroin?
Some people take it as a means of reducing pain.
Some people take it in order to deal with anxiety, worries and other stressors.
Those who become dependent on or misuse these drugs may start looking for a stronger, cheaper, higher one.
Heroin is dangerous. Research showed that overdose death rate rose and some of these deaths happen because heroin is laced with other drugs such as this painkiller: “Fentanyl” No matter how you take it, whether by injection, snorting or smoking, heroin gets to your brain quickly and it’s also easy ever addicted. After using heroin just one or two times, it can be hard to stop yourself from using again.
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You see, the moment you take heroin, you get this ecstasy; this rush of happiness or good feelings just in a rush. Then after that rush of good feelings, you thinking and walking rate becomes slow; at times you feel like you are in a dream.
How does Heroin affect you?
It blocks your body from getting pain messages and slows your heart rate and breathing.
Overdosing leads to death.
What are the effects of taking Heroin?
Taking Heroin results in:
Dryness of the mouth.
Flushed skin
Drowsiness
Heavy arms and legs
Insomnia
Collapsed veins
Upset stomach
Vomiting
Itchy brain
Heart valves infection
Liver disease
Skin infection
Kidney disease
Mental disorders
Lung diseases
Menstruation problems
Miscarriages
A higher chance of getting HIV/ AIDS, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C
Have you ever tried withdrawing from Heroin on your own by personal struggles to stay sober?
If you try to stay sober from Heroin, you are likely to see these signs:
Severe muscle and bone pain
Diarrhea and vomiting
Restlessness
Cold flashes
Uncontrollable leg movements
Health problems
Disabilities
Trouble at home, work or school
Loss of white mater in the brain which affects decision making and control.
“Can I ever be free from Heroin? I want to be free”
Is this your heart’s cry? Does it really break your heart that you found yourself trapped by Heroin and you just can’t find freedom? I announce to you that you can be free! Sounds quite amazing? Yes, you can be free! Jesus paid the price for your complete dominion over Heroin. He has the power to break the chains of this addiction.
Think about the effects of being addicted to heroin. For how long will you struggle on your own, depending on yourself? Your life is so beautiful and your future is so bright, you must not allow Heroin destroy you. Your destiny is so promising and should not be truncated by Heroin. Your soul is so precious and should not be wasted by addiction to Heroin.
Dear reader, you’ve been fighting on your own to set yourself free, but the more you struggle, the more it threatens your life, future, family, health, present and eternal destiny; it even threatens the reality of living a beautiful life. Think about this!
Now, I know a Deliverer who has the power to liberate you and make you escape the snare of addiction. His name is Jesus! The Bible says, “Surely, he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4,5)
He did that just for you!
Do you know that He is the Mediator between you and God. Despite the fact that sin, and this addiction has separated you from the One who loves you, Jesus is the Mediator. God sent Him to pay the price of Mankind’s redemption; and yes, to redeem you from sinful nature of humans and Heroin which seem stronger than you are.
You need to repent and get reconciled with God. He is a holy God; and He loves you. But you can’t access Him based on religion, depraved merits and others. That is why He sent His Sib, Jesus who is The Way. Jesus says: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)
So, you need to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins in order to make right with God. Surrender to Jesus and welcome Him into your heart as Your Personal Lord and Saviour. He will liberate you from the chains of sin and Heroin.
Do this now!
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By Eric Dunbar

Once addicted to crack cocaine, my story is not unique but inspiring. I have been a professor of faith for most of my life. Before you inquire about my credentials, let me explain. I don’t mean professor as in “teacher” but professor as in “squatter.” For most of my life, I have been trying to occupy what I had never fully possessed, namely, faith. You see, my trust was in God long before I used drugs. To this day, I cannot tell you what happened to cause me to be addicted; it just happened. After a lifetime of serving God, somehow, I became a crack cocaine addict. I grew up in the church. I was born with talent. I started playing the organ for local churches at the age of eight years. I cultivated strong confidence in God early in life. From the time I was five until I was eighteen years old, I can’t remember ever missing a church service. I started playing keyboards in a popular R&B band at the age of nineteen years old. Midlife When you’re young, life is all about having fun, and I was indeed having a lot of fun. Playing in an R&B band exposed me to the rigors of nightlife, leading me to deviate from the church. I started experimenting with all kinds of drugs. At first, it was marijuana, then pills, and soon, I was using cocaine. All the while, I still attended church, although not as often. When I was married, my infrequent music revenue was inadequate to raise a family. So I left the band and found a job. I have always had confidence in God, but I didn’t know how to implement my faith. When my first child was born, I renewed my faith and got heavily involved in the church. A few years later, my pastor inspired me to begin a cell ministry in my home, where I faithfully worshipped God and held Bible studies every Tuesday. About seven years into my marriage, I slipped back into drug use. This time cocaine was my choice drug. Soon after, I learned to cook cocaine, converting it into a rocky substance called crack. That was the beginning of a life of trouble. I had become a slave to the drug; crack cocaine was now my master. Confident Expectation My wife threatened to leave if I didn’t control my addiction. Nevertheless, I remained confident that God would deliver me. But my wife insisted that I seek help. I wanted to save my marriage, so I enrolled in the Narcotics Anonymous Twelve Step Program. I completed the required thirty-day classes, and I went home drug-free. Fifteen days later, I was once again smoking crack. My crack smoking eventually led to my wife divorcing me. I lost my family, possessions, and everything dear to me. Life had become challenging, and I was near depression. My parents taught me that faith believes, so I understood the principle of faith. I had faith that God would liberate me, so I continued to pray that God would soon rescue me from this evil that had come upon me. One day I opened my Bible, and my eyes fell on this scripture: “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). “I don’t go to church anymore,” I said to myself, so how can I hear the word of God? Then I thought to read the word aloud to myself. The Bible was now my best friend. I read the word to myself. The word of God came out of my mouth and went back into my ears. Alas, I was hearing the word of God. I still craved crack cocaine and got high whenever the opportunity presented itself. But for the next two years, I mostly stayed to myself, reading the Bible aloud, quoting scriptures, and praying. Believing Faith Speaks After two years of practically being alone with God, my craving for crack cocaine was gone. My confidence in God rewarded me with freedom. I learned that believing faith speaks. No longer did I profess faith, but I now possessed it. Faith is having confidence in the things we hope for. Although they are not visible to our physical eyes, we believe that God is working our hope into physical existence. It is the bridge linking us to the spiritual realm and makes God a touchable reality. When we trust God, it guarantees that God’s promises and Biblical revelations are true. We cannot detect these revelations and promises of the word of God with our physical senses. However, by trusting God, we have the confidence that our expectation will come to pass. Faith is the quintessence that the things we hope for become so concrete that even belief itself becomes a definitive reality of those things that are not yet visible. Your faith becomes so tangible that you believe you possess those things in the spiritual realm.

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