Satan’s Four Spiritual Flaws
A. The world’s biggest liar is Satan himself.
B. In the Gospel of John, Jesus warns us of Satan’s ways.
i. John 8:44 “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
ii. John 10:10 “The thief (Satan) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
iii. Satan’s motive is murder.
1. He wants to bring physical, spiritual and eternal death.
iv. Satan’s method is the lie.
1. He wants to deceive, to deprave and to destroy.
2. Satan lies about the biggest subject; the biggest subject is God.
C. Revelation 12:9 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
D. Genesis 3 records the first lie ever told. 3:1-5 “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Satan uses the same devices today as he used against Eve in the Garden of Eden in order to deceive us into believing lies about God.
II. SPIRITUAL FLAW #1 – TO DESPISE GOD’S GOODNESS AND TO THINK NEGATIVELY ABOUT GOD (Genesis 3:1) 5 “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
a. Satan will attempt to get us to doubt God’s goodness and love.
b. This is a slander against the character of God.
c. Satan’s question in Genesis 3:1 was his way of saying that God is not good; that God did not want Eve to have all of the good fruit in the Garden. When, in fact, God had said in Genesis 2:16 that she could eat of every tree of the Garden except one.
d. God is not cruel. The truth is that God desires us to have pleasure and fulfillment.
i. Psalm 37:4
ii. Psalm 84:11
iii. 1 Timothy 6:17
e. Anything in this life that causes pain and suffering is the fruit of sin, which began with man’s choice in the Garden of Eden.
F. SPIRITUAL FLAW #2 – TO DENY GOD’S TRUTHFULNESS AND TO THINK SKEPTICALLY ABOUT GOD (Genesis 3:2-4)
a. In this passage, Satan questions God’s truthfulness; his desire is that we become doubters of God.
b. In today’s culture, we have substituted many ideals for God’s absolute truth:
i. Relativism – there are no absolutes.
ii. Subjectivism – what truth means to me.
iii. Rationalism – empirical truth; truth must be observed.
iv. Pragmatism – does it work?
v. Post-modernism – there is no truth.
G. SPIRITUAL FLAW #3 – TO DEFY GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS AND TO THINK CARELESSLY ABOUT GOD (Genesis 3:4)
a. Satan, in essence, told Eve not to worry about God’s judgment or God’s laws; that there was no reason to fear God.
b. We must remember that God is righteous and God is holy.
c. Law without penalty is only advice; God will punish sin.
d. Satan does not want people to believe that there is a final death and judgment to face. Hence, we have substituted the truth of judgment with ideas such as reincarnation.
H. SPIRITUAL FLAW #4 – TO DEBASE GOD’S GREATNESS AND TO THINK SUSPICIOUSLY ABOUT GOD (Genesis 3:5)
a. Satan communicated to Eve that God could not be trusted. He also communicated to Eve that her eyes were not yet opened; that she had no experience to determine whether or not the thing was good or bad.
i. We often hear today that experience is the best teacher.
b. The second deception Satan used in this passage was the temptation to be as God.
i. Many religions today teach the same lie: that we and everything around us are God.
c. There is a big difference in being like God and being as God. God’s plan is for us to be like Him.
i. God made us in His image; and even though we are fallen, God is working toward that plan of conforming us into the image of His Son.
ii. Psalm 17:15
a. The way to overcome Satan is described in Revelation 12:11 – “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
i. Jesus paid the price for us on Calvary.
ii. We should not be ashamed to proclaim our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Mark 8:38)
iii. We should love our Lord Jesus Christ more than we love