The Pride of Satan
The STORY of SATAN
What was “the devil” like before he became God’s enemy? Why did Satan fall from heaven? What is the future for Satan?
- Satan was perfect in wisdom and beauty.
- Satan was the highest ranking angel.
- Satan lived in God’s presence.
- Satan’s heart became proud and he fell from heaven.
The STORY of JESUS
When we read about the life of Jesus, we are given a beautiful demonstration of what it means to live with humility. He contrasts the life of Satan.
- Jesus was God.
- Jesus left heaven to become human.
- Jesus served everyone with His death on a cross.
- Jesus was exalted to the highest place.
EVERYDAY, you make choices in your life. You either choose to reflect the arrogant life of Satan or the humble life of Jesus.
- Do I reflect Satan or Jesus?
1. Have you ever divided up the lives of people by asking whether they are following the pride of Satan or the humility of Jesus? It is an incredibly sobering thought to think about how many people are unwittingly following in the footsteps of Satan. Why do so many people follow their adversary for the majority of their decisions?
2. Read the five “I wills” of Satan in Isaiah 14:13-14. (a) I will sit on God’s throne; (b) I will rule over the angels; (c) I will rule in the place of God; (d) I will receive all the glory; (e) I will be God. How much do you say “I will” every day and what words come after this little phrase? Is it service oriented, or is it self-motivated?
3. Read about the names of Satan (Revelation 9:11; 12:10; John 8:44; 12:31; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2; Genesis 3;1). Names depict someone’s character. His goal is to destroy humanity, but Jesus has come to save us. Spend time giving thanks to Jesus for this!
4. Read 1 Peter 5:8. Satan is called a roaring lion. When does a lion roar? When they have reached their prey and are assured of victory. What can you do to be on the lookout for this evil creature?
Applying the Bible
5. Are you making a choice right now that is selfish and fits under the category of prideful? What step will you take to say “no” to this choice and will you ask God to instill within you the power to change?
6. Think about your daily routine. Did you come to serve or to be served during your average day? Does something need to change?