If for whatever reasons at all as Christian, we need to understudy Satan, especially as it relates to spiritual warfare, one vital thing we need to know about him is the chemistry of his make-up; what God created him to be, and not what he turned himself into.
This knowledge is not for anything that should puff you up, but for everything that would not allow you to fall into the same trap of pride, commerce, and presumption Satan fell.
Satan, created as Lucifer, was made and fashioned an object of worship and instrument of Praise; an anointed cherub who covers; as a guardian cherub he led the angelic host to cover the presence of God with fragrance and incense of worship.
Satan was a seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty and was placed in Eden where God had situated for worship. He was fearfully and wonderfully made. He was not made ugly and devilish; and so are we!
You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold.
The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created. “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. (NKJV)
Satan lost his position of glory, splendour, and honour when he abused his role, thought himself indispensable to God, and began to trade God’s pleasure for personal ambition and gain; just what we are doing today in God’s sanctuaries.
You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. (NIV)
Satan was guilty of TRADE or COMMERCE with what was supposed to be offered freely for God’s pleasure. Prophet Ezekiel in verse 18 emphasised the error of Lucifer as “iniquity of your trading.” This gives us a clue into what actually Lucifer was doing with the grace of God upon his life at some point. I quote “ You defiled your sanctuaries By the multitude of your iniquities, By the iniquity of your trading; Ezekiel 28:18(NKJV)
Widespread and dishonest trade desecrated Lucifer’s sanctuaries of worship. Ezekiel 28:18 (NIV). Eventually, he lost his place of splendour and honour, and was expelled from the presence of God, and reduced to an adversary –Satan; so be began to do evil as we know him today –The Devil.
Satan left with one third of the angelic host –stars in heaven to deny God of the pleasure of worship. “Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth.” Revelation 12:4 (NIV)
Before long, I know your mind is raising fast, and you are wondering, how is all these history of Lucifer about me and God? These are not mere stories or tales of moonlight, but rather are a WARNING to you and I. According to scripture; “these things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.”1 Corinthians 10:11 (NIV)
Listen carefully, Spiritual Warfare is not about binding, and loosing gymnastic, nor a battle to defeating Satan; no man can defeat Satan, except the only Man who had defeated him on the cross –Christ Jesus. Spiritual Warfare is all about worship; and it a battle you have been called to fight. It is called the good fight of Faith!
1 Timothy 6:12-13
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, (NIV)
Now, this is how it all relates to you. Is this not a Portrait of your current motive for worship? Like Lucifer, are you not already holding God to ransom by holding back from Him genuine worship because of what you need Him do or has not done for you?
Your religion and church attendance nowadays, is it not all about trade and commerce; give me, I give you?
Have you not realised or considered how commercialised professed worship unto God has become? Every proceeding of service to God is either mortgaged or monetised. We sell and buy all manner of things in the name of God; even the anointing; the mantle; the holy water;the books, the tapes and CDs; the seeds and labelled and libellous offerings, in the name of sowing into the grace of God.
Satan defiled his sanctuaries by the iniquity of his trading, Ezekiel 28:18. Haven’t we done far worst than he did?
Now back to my thought-lines about how God made us Lucifer’s replacement. You see, with God and in God, there is no vacuum. And concerning Satan; the betrayer “it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his office let another take. Acts 1:20.
After the beginning, and after certain moments in time, Lucifer fell from glory, and lost his estate or Sanctuary of honour; where God calls and comes to inhabit the pleasure of worship; that is Eden. According to the Word of God, Lucifer’s estate became formless, void, and empty; and [ God turned Lucifer’s glory into] darkness [which] was over the surface of the deep, Genesis 1:2 (NIV)
Prophet Ezekiel expressed what took place thus: “So I made a fire come out from you,
and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end
and will be no more. ’” Ezekiel 28:18-19(NIV)
It was after all these events you and I came into the picture. According Ezekiel, many stood to witness the dethronement and degrading of Lucifer “in the sight of all who ere watching” verse 18; so likewise, shortly after the whole event, Genesis 1:27 continued the narrative, wherein
then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26(NKJV)
Therefore, ever since God created man, Satan has been envious of man, and along with many vices he is on a vengeful mission to ensure that You and I are incapacitated to fulfil God’s purpose and pleasure for creating us. He has been and still in constant bitterness and jealousy toward us all; Mankind.
God created YOU and I to replace Lucifer; that is Satan, as instruments of worship. And he had placed us in Eden; the sanctuary of worship, the place He longs to come in the cool of the evening to inhabits our worship. Along with our placement in Eden; God gave man the capacity to reproduce and subdue at the same time; which none of the angels as the capacity to do. This makes us a constant threat to Satan; in that, we can produce in greater dimension what he was ordained to offer unto God; worship.
Our primary role and responsibility towards God is to Tend and Keep Eden; the Sanctuary of worship, free of the iniquity of commerce; that is, to make it an unconditional place, where God can gain free access for pleasure without being hindered at the gate of selfish ambition and inordinate affection. “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.” Genesis 2:15(NKJV)
The Word of God says that, your ultimate reality, in the fullness of time is to ascend to your celestial place experientially; as equal to the angels. So then, you are equipped with everlasting capacity to remain instruments of pleasure unto God. This practically made You an object of envy to Satan; and he is labouring vigorously and tirelessly to ensure you are incapacitated to attain this reality.
Jesus answered and said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. (NKJV)
Satan’s strategy includes launching attacks, assaults, and problems against you on a per-minute bases, so that you can miss your track and veer off course your divine mandate.
He knows that if you can fall for temptation and give in to the power of sin, you will no longer be able to offer acceptable worship unto God. Consequently, your worship offerings will be channelled to him instead.
Finally brethren, just as God took pleasure in Lucifer for worship, because of the chemistry of his creation; God is now taking pleasure in You because He has created you for his pleasure.
For it is written: “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”
1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)