For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.
Before his mutiny and exile, Satan was an executive angel in the government of God. Now he heads his own demonic kingdom, and his temporary realm includes Earth. Though millennia have passed, Satan's plan remains constant: rebellion against God.
Could one of Satan's grievances against The Almighty be God's love of mankind? Because He made man in His Own Image and 'Crowned him with glory and honor' (Psalm 8:5; Hebrews 2:7)... to become 'Heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ' (Romans 8:17)?
And one day on high, 'Do you not know that we will judge angels?' (1 Corinthians 6:3).
Was Satan jealous? After all, the angels lived with God before we were even created. Did Satan gather angelic support on the platform of unfair treatment by the Most High God? Did Satan, 'The accuser of our brethren' (Revelation 12:10), hate a species he deemed inferior to his own, but one that received the superior attention of God?
Regardless of his reasons, Satan loathes mankind. Therefore, we need to make it our business to learn his battle plan, 'In order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes' (2 Corinthians 2:11).*
Although his schemes are many, they all fall under this order: 'To steal and kill and destroy' (John 10:10).
What is he stealing? Surely not our 'stuff.' Satan has more than he needs. In truth, he baits us with stuff to steal our souls. 'For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?' (Matthew 16:26).
What is he killing? Not our bodies, because death is only a door. He kills our peace, if we allow it. Jesus said, 'My peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives' (John 14:27). Because world peace is impossible--even misspelled. Consider any 'piece' without Jesus as a 'thin membrane covering a festering wound.'
What is Satan destroying? Order. He seeks to replace God's order with personal, familial, cultural and governmental chaos.
To Be Continued...
*For a comprehensive study on 'Satan's Part in God's Perfect Plan,' check out this link: http://bible.org/seriespage/satan's-part-god's-perfect-plan
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Chain of Command series.