SPIRITUAL WARFARE:  Scriptures About Satan
George Bloomer

B. Childress
Jun 20 2008 08:00AM

Second Timothy 2:15 says, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of

It is sad but true that, these days, we are often "too busy" to study God's Word on a daily basis, "He also that received
seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word;...and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh
unfruitful." Matthew 13:22, so that when affliction or persecution arises we are easily knocked down and left defenseless
against Satan's craftiness.

As believers, it is essential that we equip ourselves with knowledge for defeating Satan and his armies.  The source of
such knowledge is found only in our Lord's precious Word, the Bible.  We should daily seek God out through prayer and
careful study of His Word.  You will find it truly rewarding, as well as absolutely crucial, if you are to have spiritual victory
over Satan.

Below, are a few scripture passages on Satan and on how to overcome his wiles:

"...Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.  Thou hast been in Eden
the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and
the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was
prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.  Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so:
thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
"  Ezekiel

He was separated from God because of pride:

"Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.  By the multitude of thy
merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane
out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.  Thine heart
was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the
ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.  Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thy
traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon
the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.  All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at
thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
"  Ezekiel 28:15-19

"Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover
thee.  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst
weaken the nations!  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of
God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  I will ascend above the heights of the
clouds; I will be like the most High.  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
"  Isaiah 14:11-15

He has a host of fallen angels, or demons, who assist him:

"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."
 Revelation 12:7-9

He works to deceive God's people:

"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also
be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
"  II Corinthians 11:14

"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch  that, if it
were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
"  Matthew 24:24

"But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch
it, lest ye die.  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as
gods, knowing good and evil.
"  Genesis 3:1,5

He can perform signs:

"And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men."  
Revelation 13:13

He is a liar:

"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and
abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a
liar, and the father of it.
"  John 8:44

He is an accuser:

"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 12:10

He brings death:

"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:  I am come that they might have life, and that they
might have it more abundantly.
"  John 10:10

He wages war against God's servants:

"And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all
kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
"  Revelation 13:7

He will not conquer us when the Spirit is our strength:

"Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing
shall by any means hurt you.
"  Luke 10:19

He will be defeated by God once and for all:

"Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the
devil and his angels:
"  Matthew 25:41

"And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.  And he
said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and
scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  Nothwithstanding in this
rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
Luke 17-20

"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that
through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of
death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
"  Hebrews 2:14-15

"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.  And
he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast
him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till
the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
"  Revelation 20:1-3


We must be wary of deception:

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out
into the world.  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of
God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of
antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
"  I John 4:1-3

We must forgive, so as not to give Satan a foothold:

"To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in
the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
"  II Corinthians

"Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil."  Ephesians 4:26-27

We must be on the lookout for attacks:

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the
"  I Peter 5:8-9

We are to fight by the Spirit, not in the flesh:

"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but
mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth
itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into capitivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a
readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
"  II Corinthians 10:3-6

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may
be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
" Ephesians 6:10-12

We are to resist the devil through Scripture:

"Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.  And when he had fasted forty days
and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.  And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God,
command that these stones be made bread.  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
"  Matthew 4:1-4  

We are to put on the armor of God:

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done
all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall
be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And  take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which
is the word of God; Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all
perseverance and supplication for all saints;
"  Ephesians 6:13-18

We must remember that the Lord has already won the battle and defeated Satan:

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the
"  I John 4:4

We remember that Satan is subject to the Lord and His commands:

"Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly
places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this
world, but also in that which is to come.
"  Ephesians 1:20-21

"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor
things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which
is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
"  Romans 8:38-39


Spiritual Warfare, by George Bloomer, Copyright 2004, Whitaker House.