Does Satan Have Anything We Need?
Yes! He does. This may be surprising because we have been taught that Satan is evil, wicked, deceptive, and just about everything that is anti-Christ. Whether you want to call them character traits, or critical issues, or whatever; the fact remains that Satan is doing a better job than most Christians. While Christians should be striving diligently to get to heaven, Satan is doing his best to keep souls out of heaven, and frankly doing a bang-up job. In many ways Satan has things that we need and we can learn some lessons from this. So what does Satan have that we need?
We know from his exchange with Jesus that he has knowledge of the scriptures. He has such a good knowledge that he is able to manipulate them and put a spin on them to have them mean something not originally intended. He quoted scripture to Jesus. How many scriptures can you quote? I assure you that Satan knows the entire Bible. Do you?
Since Satan spoke with God, there is no doubt that Satan believes in God. James 2:19 speaks of the demons who also believe, and they tremble. While they believe in God, the devil and his angels are doing their best to keep people from believing in God. From the looks of things, they are doing an excellent job.
Satan believes in something he has not experienced yet. He is worried about hell. Hell is a place prepared for Satan and his followers. Since Satan is deprived of eternal life in heaven with God, he is doing his best to keep everyone out of heaven that he can. He believes in hell, and so should we. Most people behave like hell is just a myth and they are not afraid of it. Most spiritually minded people are motivated by the warnings provided to us in scripture. So, if we do not want to go to hell, we need to learn from the Bible how not to go there.
Satan has learned that God provides for His own. Satan tried to destroy Job, but God stayed his hand and spared the life of Job. Later, because of his faithfulness and humility, God restored Jobs wealth and provided him with a new family. We need to learn to trust in God that He will provide us what we need for the salvation of our soul.
Another thing we can say about Satan is that he is always on the job. Does 24/7/365 mean anything to you? Most people give God a minimum of a couple hours a week in His service. Satan is working 168 hours every week trying to keep souls out of heaven. James 4:7 tells us to resist Satan and he will flee from you. However Satan does not leave and never come back. Satan is hiding around the corner or behind that bush waiting for an opportunity to get you back to his side. Satan knows what buttons to push and what temptations to put before you.
Satan also has a zeal for souls. He has proven his effectiveness is capturing many souls. God wants you to be saved. Every soul that Satan captures is a loss for God. God has given you everything you need to be saved. Why not trust God to do so. Learn these lessons, and apply them to your salvation.
By Carey Scott

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