Satan wants souls forever longing for God knowing they blew it—they have lost God for eternity. He wants souls in agony because they closed their ears to God’s call—souls that never accepted God into their lives but live for eternity realizing the mistake of their ways. Satan wants souls unhappy, agitated, and forever empty.
“The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony.’” Luke 16:22-25
Satan lost Paradise forever because of his own longings. He blew it. Satan wants each of us to blow it and end up longing for Paradise forever. Misery loves company.
Satan is the eternal itch. He tantalizes with things that appear to feel so good when we scratch. However, the scratch turns into an open wound that hurts, festers, and never closes. He wants an open wound in our lives. Satan delights in our pain.
Satan is the serpent whispering doubt and deceit in our ear.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden?’” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “you will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:1-5
Once again, I know that this is more than a little hard to swallow. We don’t want to believe in Satan. We want Satan confined to horror movies, not real life. It’s OK to hear about Satan in church but not outside of those doors. We don’t want to think of Satan as a real being active in our lives. That is just a little too far out there. We’re more comfortable blaming God for evil rather than believing there is an evil being that is responsible for evil.
I hate to tell you this but Satan is also calling each one of us. He calls us to strike back and not turn the other cheek. He calls us to think about ourselves and only ourselves. He calls us to this world and wanting more and more things in it. He calls us to tell us that we are no good—that we will never amount to anything. He calls us to alcohol, drugs, and every other addiction. Satan wants to keep us as far away from God as possible. His call is temptation.
Satan tempts us to do all the wrong things. He tempts us away from God and away from love. He tempts us with the things of this world. He wants us addicted to anything that can get in the way of our relationship with God. He knows that if he has you, God doesn’t. There is no middle ground between God and Satan.
You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. 1 Corinthians 10:21
Satan is fighting for every soul. He is fighting as hard for your soul as he is for mine. The problem is that most of us just don’t know or understand this, or we simply want to deny it or not even think about it. Who wants to worry about Satan every day?
Satan was a real, ongoing presence in the life of Jesus. Jesus was a realist when it came to Satan. He didn’t sugarcoat Satan as a little devil. He tells us to fear Satan because he is after our souls.
“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!” Luke 12:4-5
Jesus tells us to be aware of Satan and to be more concerned about our souls than our lives—to be more concerned about the next life than this one. This life is limited. The next one is for eternity.
That’s why the 4th Secret to Life is FIGHT Satan. There’s a lot riding on the outcome for each of us!