Satan’s evil reputation is well chronicled in the Bible:
Satan prevents a man from coming to God and is rebuked by God himself (Zechariah. 3:1-2).
Satan tempts Jesus to turn away from God (Matthew 4:1-11).
Satan takes away the Word out of men’s hearts so they cannot be blessed by God (Mark 4:15).
Satan disabled a woman so she was bent over and could not get up (Luke 13:16).
Satan entered Judas and caused him to betray Jesus to the enemy (Luke 22:3).
Satan tries to ruin Peter’s faith (Luke 22:31).
Satan fills people’s hearts to lie to God (Acts 5:3).
Satan deceives the whole earth (Revelation 12:9).
He is a liar and murderer (John 8:44).
He oppresses all, but Jesus frees them (Acts 10:38).
He is called the enemy of all righteousness (Acts 13:10).
Satan is called the old serpent, which goes back to the serpent in the Garden of Eden, in which he tempted Eve to doubt God (Revelation 12:9).
What Do You Think?
a. Can Satan be trusted? Why or why not?
b. According to the above verses, is Satan active in people’s lives?
c. How can you tell whether it is God or Satan whispering to you?