I Believe in God: So Does Satan

 

Satan could teach us a lot about God but it would be a mistake to learn from him.

*   (James 2:19 NIV)  You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder.

*   (John 8:44 NIV)  You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

*   (2 Cor 11:14-15 NIV)  And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. {15} It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

 

1228. diabolos, dee-ab'-ol-os; from G1225; a traducer; spec. Satan [comp. H7854]:--false accuser, devil, slanderer. Traduce: To cause humiliation or disgrace to by making malicious and false statements.

4567. Satanas, sat-an-as'; of Chald. or. corresp. to G4566 (with the def. affix); the accuser, i.e. the devil:--Satan.

 

Many times I have heard people profess a belief in God as if that was proof that they are a child of God. If that were true then the devil would be a child of God and would be with us in the kingdom of God. But that is simply not what will happen.

*   (Rev 20:7-10 NIV)  When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison {8} and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth--Gog and Magog--to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. {9} They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God's people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. {10} And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

 

Believing in God is a good start but it is only a start.

*   (1 John 3:10 NIV)  This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

So you also have to do what is right and love your brother. And how do we know what is right.

*   (2 Tim 3:16-17 RSV)  All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, {17} that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

 

As a matter of fact love is the summation of the entire Bible. It is the essence of God Himself!

*   (Mat 22:35-40 NIV)  One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: {36} "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" {37} Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' {38} This is the first and greatest commandment. {39} And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' {40} All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

*    (Mark 12:28-31 NIV)  One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" {29} "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. {30} Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' {31} The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."

*   (John 13:35 NIV)  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

*   (John 14:15 NIV)  "If you love me, you will obey what I command.

 

We know that true love is not passive; it is active. It is not apathetic; it is passionate. It is not wavering; it is constant. It is not reserved for only those that love us; it is freely given to everyone. It is not self-centered; it is God-centered. Yes Satan believes in God but he is not a lover of God. Believing in God is not enough.

*   (1 John 4:8 NIV)  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

*   (1 John 4:15-21 NIV)  If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. {16} And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. {17} In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. {18} There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. {19} We love because he first loved us. {20} If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. {21} And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

 

Here are some verses that describe the influence of Satan very well.

*   (2 Tim 3:1-5 NIV)  But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. {2} People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, {3} without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, {4} treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-- {5} having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

 

There is boldness in love as we read earlier, perfect love drives out fear. So, if we believe in God in the sense that we put our trust in Him and our hopes in Him and desire to be what He wants us to be, then we need to act like believers. Real believers, not simply people that acknowledge He exists but a peculiar people dedicated to Him. Then we will receive a desirable reward unlike that reserved for Satan and those that succumb to his deceptions. We will be children of God!

*   (2 Tim 1:7 NIV)  For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

*   (Rom 8:31 NIV)  What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?