By Billy Graham • April 9, 2008
Although the Bible doesn’t go into detail about the devil’s origin, it does indicate that he was an angel who rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven as a result: “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!” (Isaiah 14:12, KJV).
Why did he rebel against God? The reason can be summarized in one word: pride. He became jealous of God’s position, and in his pride he decided to lead a revolution and take God’s place: “You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven. … I will make myself like the Most High’” (Isaiah 14:13-14). He failed – but his goal is still the same: to take God’s place.
You need to remember two important truths about Satan. First, he is real, and he is powerful. Don’t make the mistake of thinking he is a cute little cartoon figure with a red suit and a pitchfork – for he isn’t. He is completely evil, and his goal is to block God’s work in our lives. The Bible says he is “like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
But the second thing you need to remember is that the devil is a defeated foe! By His death and resurrection Jesus Christ conquered sin and death and Hell – and someday Christ will come again to pronounce judgment on Satan and his followers. On whose side are you – Christ’s or Satan’s? Don’t give in to the devil’s lies, but commit your life to Christ and become His follower.