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Question: What are the works of Satan?

What are the works of Satan?

The bible does have some records that tells us what are the work of Satan. Some of the works include:

Works of Satan #1: the devil a murderer from the beginning

The words “from the beginning” point to the time of creation. The devil made use of the cunning serpent to make Eve doubt the words of God and to sin against Him. In this way, he brought about man’s spiritual death (Gen 3:1–6; Rom 5:12, 14). Soon after, the devil began inciting people to commit physical murder. Cain, for example, killed his brother Abel in a jealous rage after his offering was rejected by God (Gen 4:3– 8). Hence, elder John speaks of Cain as belonging to “the wicked one” (1 Jn 3:12).

Works of Satan #2: the devil go against God

The devil has been continuously opposing God by targeting His salvation work, His chosen people and the world at large. The ways in which he has done this include causing sin to enter into the world (Gen 3; 6:5, 12); roaming the earth to watch God’s servants ( Job 1:7–8); scheming against Jesus (Lk 22:3; Jn 13:27); sowing tares among the wheat (Mt 13:24–30, 38–39); scheming to make Christians fall (2 Cor 2:11); persecuting the church (Acts 8:1; Rev 20:9); obstructing the work of God’s servants (Dan 10:13; 1 Thess 2:18); distorting the word of God (Mt 4:6; 2 Pet 3:16–17); masquerading as “an angel of light”, and his followers, as “ministers of righteousness” (2 Cor 11:14–15); seeking to sift the believers (Lk 22:31); leading people away from the truth (2 Cor 11:3; 1 Tim 4:1); performing false signs and wonders (2 Thess 2:8–10); perverting the way of the Lord (Acts 13:10); deceiving the world (Eph 6:12; Rev 12:9).

Works of Satan #3: the devil deceive people

He enters their hearts (Lk 22:3; Acts 5:3), works in their hearts (Eph 2:2), blinds their hearts (2 Cor 4:3-4), bring about sickness and infirmity (Acts 10:38; Lk 13:16), makes them suffer (Job 2:7; Rev 2:10), makes men mad (Mt 8:28), hurts human bodies (Mk 5:5), traps people and tempts them to sin (2 Cor 11:3). In summary, the devil works either in people’s hearts or through possessing them (Mark 5:2; Lk 4:33), with the goal of making them perish both spiritually and physically.


Where is he now?

The Book of Revelation describes how the devil was defeated in heaven by the archangel, Michael and his angels, and was cast down to earth (Rev 12:7-12). During His ministry, Jesus spoke prophetically concerning this spiritual drama, saying, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Lk 10:18). This prophecy was realized when He died on the cross and shed His blood, thereby overcoming the power of the devil (Rev 12:11). Crucially, the outcome for believers is that the devil can no longer accuse us before God (Rev 12:10).

The focus of the devil’s work is now on earth. The Bible says, “Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time” (Rev 12:12). Elder Peter says that he is prowling around like a lion seeking whom he may devour-particularly those believers who fail to guard their faith and who lack submission and humility (1 Pet 5:8).

The Bible says that the devil has his own kingdom (Lk 11:18). He exerts his power by controlling human hearts and using all kinds of schemes to prevent people from knowing God. Therefore, the Bible says that we are fighting against “principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12). When we preach the gospel by the power of God, we are battling against those powers and helping to demolish the strongholds of unbelief in people’s hearts, to make them obedient to Christ (2 Cor 10:4–5).

The Bible is clear that the only one who can overcome the works of Satan is Jesus.

“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 Jn 3:8). Jesus destroyed the works of the devil when He died on the cross. On account of Him, mankind has the chance to turn “from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God. that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Him” (Acts 26:18).

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