Object of Hatred

There is a hostility that is so intense in one of God’s creatures that it defies our comprehension. God created Lucifer, an outstanding angel. Lucifer decided that he was going to be like God. That was only a stop along the way; he was going to exalt himself above God. He was evicted from Heaven and changed to Satan. His theater of operations became this earth. In Ephesians 2:2, he is called “the prince of the power of the air.” In II Corinthians 4:4, he is referred to as “the god of this world.” The first manifestation of his character was pride. The next was that he is a rebel. From there, we see his deceitfulness. His first recorded encounter with the human race was with Eve. In conversing with her, he questioned what God had said to her and Adam. He questioned God’s motives.  He wanted to undermine her confidence in God and, tragically, he succeeded. What was his motive? He hated what God said. Why? It is because God spoke with authority. That clashed with Satan’s determination to be his own authority. Hating God’s Word is hating God Himself. From the beginning and all the way to the end, Satan has done and will continue to do everything that he can to undermine and discredit the Word of God. Anything that Satan hates that much is worthy of our most determined efforts to fully embrace it and calls for our submission to, and application of, its complete and perfect Truth. If he hates it, I love it! Martin Luther got it right in the third stanza of, “A Mighty Fortress,” “And tho this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed His Truth to triumph through us. The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him — his rage we can endure, for lo! his doom is sure: one little word shall fell him.”  Selah! What ways does Satan use to minimize the impact of Scripture? Stay tuned!   Ron

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