Satan and His Army
Satan is your real enemy. In the book of Ezekiel, we find an outline of Satan's origin, as the prophet of God records God's words concerning the enemy:
You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. ... You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God. ... Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth. ... By your many sins and dishonest trade, you have desecrated your sanctuaries (Ezekiel 28:12, 14-18).
Satan is not alone in his mission to overthrow God's plan. He has an elaborate army of fallen angels to do his evil bidding. However, no force, no army - spiritual or human - is more powerful than God and His angelic forces.
Why is it important for us to know our enemy? Unless we know that he is a real and viable force, we will be deceived by his sinful, dark intent. While we are called by God to focus on Christ and His victory, we also must remain alert to the devil's schemes.
The way you avoid evil is by realizing that Satan is an angel of light. His beauty was equal to no other angelic being. We may not understand how something that appears innocent can be so deadly. Remember, looks can be deceiving.
Prayer: Lord, I pray for wisdom and humility so I may be aware of the enemy's schemes and completely dependent on You for my victory over him. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"For we are not unaware of [Satan's] schemes" (2 Corinthians 2:11).