If I Were Satan
1 Peter 5:8-9
Inspiration for the following message came from W. Hershel Ford's sermon by the same name.
Did you see what happened during hurricane Ike? The Baton Rouge Advocate carried a picture of a man and his pet lion who took refuge in a church! I don't suppose that shelter was very crowded. In all seriousness, the Bible describes the Devil as a lion, a "roaring lion," and he actually attends church every Sunday! However, he's not a tame harmless pet lion, he is one who is seeking to "devour." 1 Peter 5:8-9 says,  "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world."
The Bible assumes the existence of Satan, or adversary, which is the most frequently used name for the Devil in the New Testament. Satan, the personification of evil in this world, is the great enemy of God and His people, and all that is good. His character is vile and evil and the many names given to him describe his true character.
From Genesis to Revelation, Satan is referred to in the Bible as . . .
The Wicked One (Matt. 13:19)
The Enemy (Matt. 13:39)
Murderer (Jn. 8:44)
A Liar (Jn. 8:44)
Ruler of this world (Jn. 12:31; 14:30)
Ruler of darkness (Eph. 6:12)
The Tempter (1 Thess. 3:5)
The King of Death (Heb. 2:14)
The Dragon (Rev. 12:7)
Abaddon, Destruction (Rev. 9:11)
Apollyon, Destroyer (Rev. 9:11)
Accuser of Our Brethren (Rev. 12:10)
The Deceiver (Rev. 20:2)
The Serpent of Old (Rev. 20:10)
Because of verses like Revelation 12:9, many Bible students see Satan as a fallen angel. "So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." Apparently, Lucifer, as he is called in Isaiah 14:12, was an ...
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