What’s Satan Doing These Days?

I mentioned yesterday that Satan is the predator of my soul, the enemy who seeks to devour me spiritually, if only he could. He can’t because nothing can separate me from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus—not even angels or principalities or powers (Rom. 8:38-39).

So what’s Satan doing these days? I mean, the Bible gives us some notion of his activity “back then.” In the Old Testament we know he targeted Job and brought immeasurable suffering on him and his family in an effort to prove that Job’s faith had a foundation built on his health and wealth, not on God’s character.

Further, we know he, or one of his, opposed Michael as he set off in answer to Daniel’s prayer. We also know that, being the Father of Lies, he must have been behind the false prophets that misled Judah and Israel. We know in fact that he lied about God’s word to Eve:

The woman said to the serpent, “From … the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'”

The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die!

I suspect Satan was the prime mover in a lot of the idol worship of the day, with its child sacrifices and temple prostitutes, but I’m not sure that’s verifiable. But he did prompt David to take a census of Israel, against God’s wishes. And the prophet Zechariah saw a vision in which Satan was accusing the high priest (Zec 3:1).

In the New Testament Satan and his forces seem to have been less covert. He himself spent forty days tempting Jesus in the wilderness (Luke 4:2), capped by three specific temptations that called into question Christ’s deity (Matt. 4:3-10). In addition, numerous people Jesus encountered were demon possessed, at least one with a “legion” of evil spirits.

The Pharisees, according to Jesus, were following after their father the devil. Satan also entered Judas and prompted him to betray Jesus.

Paul said Satan hindered him from going to the Thessalonians, and he admonished the Corinthians to put on the armor of God to be able to stand against the devil.

Peter, writing in the first epistle bearing his name, said, “Be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (I Peter 5:8b).

There’s that devour business again. So the question is, has Satan stopped prowling about? Or does he only prowl about in places far, far away?

Or is he just as active today in exactly the same ways in the US as he was in Biblical times and Biblical places? If this is the case, then he is accusing some before God’s throne, demanding to test others, using schemes and snares to capture still others to do his will (see 2 Tim 2:26) and actually possessing some.

Yes, possessing some. While we in our educated, rational society look for sociological or psychological reasons for bazaar anti-social behavior, I am suggesting we shouldn’t dismiss the possibility that Satan is at work. We know he tempts, but he also tricks, lies, seduces, and bends some to his will.

I believe he is especially active when his territory is threatened, but I don’t have Scripture to prove this. But just understanding the way conflict works, it seems logical.

Think for a moment about political conflict, since many of us just experienced round one of this year’s political campaigns. There are two segments of society that don’t receive a great deal of attention from a candidate—those he knows he cannot win, and those he knows he’s already won.

So too, I suggest, Satan ignores some while working double-time against others. (NO, I didn’t say political candidates are from Satan! 😆 Stay with me here).

Satan doesn’t need to give a lot of attention to those who are adamantly opposed to God. He already has them. Nor does he need to spend a lot of attention on those who are solid believers.

What he hates, I submit, are believers who have an impact on the “undecided,” who are forging into new territory—evangelizing, planting new churches, challenging Satan’s lies, and showing the love of Christ.

Thankfully, his efforts are futile as long as we believers stay alert and gird ourselves with the FULL armor of God.

So, what’s Satan doing these days? If we stay on our spiritual toes, I suspect it won’t take long before we see that he hasn’t changed. He’s still prowling about, still seeking somebody to devour.

Published in: on June 10, 2010 at 4:04 pm  Comments (12)  
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  1. Hmm. very interesting hypothesis. That he would attack those who are affecting many, makes sense to me.

    I had a friend who used to say to me, “Satan isn’t going to attack you. He’s going to attack the president and the world leaders, not the fat housewife from Alaska.” heh heh

    But then that pretty housewife from Alaska burst onto the stage. 🙂 And who knew, ten years earlier that she was destined for such a large platform?

    But I bet Satan not only attacks people who ARE influential. He may attack people who WILL BE influential. I suspect he was working on Hitler from childhood, grooming him, preparing him for the atrocities he would carry out. And then he has probably worked on many false teachers in the church, too, from early on. Shaping their early years so they would later rebel against orthodoxy and start new teaching that goes against scripture.

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  2. Hi, Becky. I’m going to be glued to this series of posts. My first thought when you asked “What has satan been doing lately?”–was oh, he’s been in my computer mucking with stuff. lol But seriously. I wonder just what powers the dark third of the heavenly host have. Can they actually insert thoughts into a person’s head? Can they read our thoughts? He’s called the god of this world, but in what sense is that actually true?

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  3. Thought that was an interesting question. So much I linked to it on my blog. Very good post

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  4. Thoughts like these always make me go to God’s throne in prayer. Sometimes I forget I have an adversary.

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  5. He’s still doing all the hateful, damaging, corrupting stuff he’s always done because he knows one day his limited power will end. Praise God. But until then I submit to you he laughs at those who think he “only” does this or that. He acquired his domain from unsuspecting humanity. His power is limited, but it’s still supernatural power. Those who plug along without doing damage to his kingdom (in seeking to become more like Jesus) probably receive the least harrassment because they do nothing for the kingdom of God. Those who are bent toward evil and seek him out can easily become his unwitting pawns and do lots of damage, sometimes eternally, to themselves and others. Discernment from the Holy Spirit alerts us to his “schemes” to quote Ephesians 6, and we need to be wise as serpents, gentle as doves in this wicked world.
    Third world countries experiencing revivals are well aware of the enemy’s powers, possessions, leadings, and extortions. He’s no different here, just less recognized. To the shame of any Christian.

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  6. He’s also whispering in Helen Thomas’ ear about those Jews.

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  7. Hello Rebecca,
    Well we do know that Satan hates God and therefore hates those who are for God. You are right, Satan has been defeated in the fact that he cannot get to our soul once we have been engrafted into the vine of Christ. Once we are Christ’s we are always His.
    The tough part is in the everday little things which Satan and his cohorts try to upset the apple cart so that we true belivers will get discouraged and not promote the Gospel to those whe are not saved. If Satan can get us off balance then we wont be spreading hope to the lost.
    That is the battle, so we like sheep must be taking our own flesh daily to slaughter becomming filled with the spirit of Christ all the more so we may be the good servants we claim to be and spread the Gospel.

    In my newly released book titled “The Sword and the Spear” I take readers to the place where their feet, through choice, may continue to be planted on a level path.
    check it out if you get the chance;

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    God Bless you,
    Pastor Rod

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  8. I agree with George’s comment on Helen Thomas, but I disagree with the once-saved always-saved doctrine. Christ’s love is endless. Ours is not. I’m not going to argue theology here, so don’t load up the cannons. What I’m saying is this: people turn away from the Lord, He doesn’t turn away from people. They serve Him, and then through the indulgences of the flesh usually administered through the enemy’s temptations, people serve their flesh and disregard the Spirit of God. They have the opportunity to repent before their last breath, but without it, heaven will not help them. It’s their choice. He said His Spirit will not always contend with man. There’s a limit to sinful behavior. Only He knows where that limit is, but it’s there. And the enemy of our souls tries diligently to deceive us into believing we can have it both ways when it’s really “You’re either for me or against me.”

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  9. I can say that I don’t believe Satan can accuse anyone before God’s throne any more. According to Jesus, Satan was judged at the cross. “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.” (John 12:31) “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment…Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” (John 16:7,8) And Revelation tells us what happened once the man child, i.e. Christ, was caught up into Heaven:
    “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 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. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” (Revelation 12:7-10)

    I think Scripture tells us Satan received his judgment and was cast out of Heaven at the time of the cross, and I doubt a judged being can come back and accuse God’s people with any credibility. So I don’t believe Satan has the power he did before Jesus came, but he’s still dangerous. As far as what he’s doing, it’s probably close to what you said, Becky.

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  10. Thanks for all these thoughtful comments. You all have helped me to think more deeply about this subject.

    Jason, I’ve never considered that Satan isn’t accusing God’s people any more. That he doesn’t do so with any credibility makes sense because of Romans 8:1 – “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Even if he would be accusing us, he’s not getting anywhere with it.

    I’ll need to think a little more about what it is we are to be alert to, what our spiritual armor is to protect us from.

    Becky

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