Whether we like it or not, one of the things that is not fully emphasized by the church, when we enter a commitment to Jesus the Christ is Satan. Sure we are told how he can and will tempt us, but it is usually approached from an aspect of ,”we are now his target because we follow Jesus.” But that is not accurate nor is it completely the truth.
As we consider the true Role of Satan, we must be honest with ourselves and lay aside popular notions. For instance, if we believe in freewill, our actions are based on how we choose to live our lives and Satan CANNNOT make us do anything. In other words, we control the outcome of the relationship and how we interact with Satan.
But before we can do that, we must, for ourselves determine what his true purpose is.
Thru out my life, I have listened to Satan being positioned as the enemy, someone we are to battle with. But why? If Jesus is love, than why should Satan be a concern? Here is why: each time we are introduced to Satan in the Bible, we see him testing someone's commitment to God. We even see God interacting with Satan in the book of Job, regarding the righteousness of Job. Later in the New testament we see Satan tempting Jesus with the Rule and wealth of the world. But no where in scripture do we see Satan do more than provide the opportunity, the individual has to make the choice to yield to the offer.
SATAN MAY BE THE ENEMY, BUT HE IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN THAT. AN ENEMY SEEKS TO DO YOU HARM THRU THEIR ACTIONS, SATAN SEEKS TO PROVIDE A MEANS FOR YOU TO DO THE HARM TO YOURSELF THRU YOUR OWN ACTIONS. THE TOOL OF SATAN IS DECEIT.