Satan Is Not Omnipotent: A Philosophical Arguments (11)
Satan is Afraid of the Praying Christians:
The Power Of Prayer
Prayer is spiritual work, and human nature does not like taxing spiritual work. Human nature wants to sail to heaven under a favoring breeze, a full, smooth sea. Prayer is humbling work. It abases intellect and pride, crucifies vainglory, and signs our spiritual bankruptcy, and all these are hard for flesh and blood to bear. It is easier not to pray than to bear them. So we come to one of the crying evils of these times, maybe of all times—little or no praying. Little praying is make-believe, a salve for the conscience, a farce, and a delusion. Prayer is the method by which one communicates with God. “With confidence draw near to the Throne of Grace” – (Hebrews 4:16). During prayers, we bow our heads and hearts to God.
Through our prayers, we can enter into the labors of missionaries. It will be a tragic commentary on our lives when we refuse to invest our precious time in Prayer and intercession for others. Satan makes people doubt the effectiveness of Prayer. Christians have the unique privilege of speaking directly with the heavenly Father through Jesus Christ. Jesus wants believers to come confidently into His presence (Hebrews 4:16) and talk to Him about everything (Philippians 4:6). In John 16:24, Jesus gives us His Assurance of Answered Prayer.
John Wesley once said, “It seems that God is limited by our prayer life – that He can do nothing for humanity unless someone asks Him.” Through the use of our Prayer, we become the power of God for other men and women. God wants to give His insight into each situation, and He wants to give His Word for the moment, and Prayer is often how He does it.
There are four approaches to Prayer, which form the acronym ACTS
- Adoration is a reflection on God Himself. Human beings are to Praise Him for His love—His power, and majesty—His wonderful gift of Christ.
- Confession is admitting to God where you have sinned. Be honest and humble. Remember He knows you and loves you still.
- Thanksgiving is telling God how grateful you are for everything He has given—even the unpleasant things. Your thankfulness will help you see His purposes; and
- Supplication, this is making specific requests. Pray for others first, then for yourself.
Using this as a mental guide for Prayer helps one to maintain a balanced prayer life. In Warfare Prayer, there are four types:
- Defensive Prayer,
- Offensive Prayer,
- Prophetic prayer / Spiritual mapping, and
- Intercessory Prayer
Other types of Prayer:
- Prayer for the Nation (1 Tim. 2: 1-2)
- Prayer for Unbelievers (Lk 23: 42-43)
- Prayer for Justice (Ps 9; Hab 1: 1-14)
- Prayer for servants of God (2 Cor 1: 9-11)
- Prayer for the sins of the people (Ezra 9; 6-15)
- Prayer for deliverance (Hab. #: 1-19; Ex. 2: 23-25; 3: 7-10; 2 Kings 19: 15-19)
- Prayer for the course
- Prayer for families, relations, etc
- Prayer for the body of Christ
- Prayer for missionaries
- Prayer in Ministry (James 5: 13-18; John 14: 12-14; and Isaiah 64: 4
Prayer requires the Word Of God for effectiveness:
- Hear and Believe
- Read and Meditate
- Study and Apply
- Memorize and use
Satan Is Afraid Of Praying People:
- Prayer works, and it brings the power of God into our lives as disciples of Jesus.
- Praying people can resist the devil and defeat his purposes when they understand their authority in Christ (James 4: 7; 1 Peter 5: 8 9).
- Satan will not catch off guard those who watch and pray (Matt 26: 11)
- Prayer brings about God’s will and thwarts Satan’s will.
- Prayer brings us into a deeper relationship with God, which is the very thing Satan does not want! Therefore, Satan tries hard to wipe out our prayer life or make it ineffective. The tools he uses include distractions, temptations, ungodly thoughts, condemnation, the encouragement of doubt, fear and despair, etc.
The doctrine of Hell: The Abode of Satan
It is appropriate to highlight the doctrine of hell, which the Scriptures indicate as Satan’s abode at the final judgment. Hell is a place of eternal conscious punishment for the wicked and unrepentant sinners. At the end of the parable of the talents: the master says, “cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; their men will weep and gnash their teeth.” (Matt. 25:30). Similarly, at the judgment, the king will say to some, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil (Satan) and his angels.” (Matt.25:41), and Jesus says that those thus condemned “will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matt. 25:46).Jesus refers to hell as “unquenchable fire” (Mark 9:43). And says that hell is a place “where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:48).
Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire after the final rebellion is crushed (Rev. 20:10). Satan is the originator of sin and is always attempting to get others to sin. He always works to separate man from man (James 3: 13-17). Satan uses every trick in the book to get the man to sin (2 Cor. 2:11; 1 Tim. 3:7; 2 Tim. 2:26). He possesses wisdom, cunning, and craftiness in his attempts (2 Cor. 11:3; Eph. 4:14; 1 Pet. 5:8; Eph. 6:11).
Satan will always lie, deceive and mislead (John 8:44; Rev. 12:9). He never gives up his efforts to cause the man to stumble (Luke 4:13; Rev. 7:21; Mark 4: 14). His most effective method has always been to attempt to get the man to doubt God and His Word (Gen. 3: 1-4; Matt. 4:3). This is the method he is using with most people today.
Satan attempted to destroy the means whereby God provided for saving man by attempting to have Jesus killed when he was born (Matt. 2: 13-15). When he could not accomplish this, he attempted to cause Jesus to fail in His mission (Matthew chapter four). Satan repeatedly attempted to cause Jesus’s disciples to compromise their principles (an activity that continues to this day). To some degree, he has always been successful in causing Jesus’s disciples to stumble. Satan is so deluded that he thought he could destroy Jesus’ purpose for coming to this earth (Phil. 2: 5-12) until Jesus’ death on the cross (John 13:27; Luke 22:53).
Satan has sought to destroy the church of Christ (Matt. 16:18-19) and hinder its efforts to seek to bring men to God and keep them saved. He has been somewhat successful in doing this through persecution (Matt. 13:20, 21; Rev. 2:10; Acts 8: 1-4); by bringing false teachers into the church (Eph. 4:14; 1 Tim. 4: 1-3; 2 Tim. 4: 1-3); by causing the church to lose its focus (Rev. 3: 15, 16); by causing division in the church through those who will not look to the Scriptures for authority (1 Cor. 1:10).) But above all, the Christians should remember Satan’s eternal destiny, and his abode is “Hell.”
Satan’s Lack Of Omnipotence:
An Argument of a philosopher-theologian
In my book are arguments of theists and atheists on God’s existence. This author, as a philosopher-theologian, is not just a theist but a strong theist who believes without a doubt in the existence of an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good, uncreated Being; and Omnipotent God.
Satan, on the other hand, is a created being and evil personified. In symbolic white and black, while God is white, Satan is black. Satan is not omnipotent, not all-powerful, or all-knowing as a created being. I proceed thus to Satan’s lack of omnipotence:
Point 1: Satan moves from place to place as a created being; roaming around to do evil; therefore, he is not omnipotent.
Point 2: Sin came to the world via Satan’s temptation of Eve in the garden of Eden; so sin is a nature of Satan, like evil is also his nature; therefore, he is not omnipotent.
Point 3: Satan is not a creator and cannot create another world. Also, he cannot show mercy because that is not his nature; therefore, he is not omnipotent.
Point 4: All things are not possible for Satan, and he cannot make the impossible possible or vice-versa. Therefore he is not omnipotent.
Point 5: In Matt. 28:18, Jesus says, “All Power has been given to him.” Satan does not hold all power or all authority; therefore, he is not omnipotent.
Point 6: God is said to be omnipotent with active power, which Satan lacks; therefore, he cannot be omnipotent.
Point 7: Satan has no power to forgive sins. To sin is to fall short of a perfect action; hence, sin is to fall short in action, which is repugnant to omnipotence. Therefore, Satan is the embodiment of sin and cannot be omnipotent.
In conclusion, God’s omnipotence is particularly shown in sharing and having mercy because it is made manifest that God has supreme power. Satan, the created Being is in the realm of inferior causes and does not possess superior power; hence Christians do not need to fear Satan. Only God, the Supreme Power needs to be feared.
Satan cannot act without the permission of human free will. So evil is due to human free will. God is a Being with maximal greatness, for no one created or begot Him. Satan, on the other hand, is a creation of God. So Satan cannot claim the same greatness as his creator. Hence Satan Is Not Omnipotent.
I believe that Satan is the instigator of evil and a real spirit being, not merely the personification of evil. Satan is a fallen angel who has been given temporary rulership of the earth under the sovereign permission of God. Satan was defeated at the cross, but God’s judgment was postponed until after the Millennial Kingdom was cast into the eternal lake of fire. In the meantime, Satan deceives the world and seeks to establish his counterfeit kingdom on earth to discredit and blaspheme God and tempt, accuse, attack, and destroy believers. The believer can resist him through faith and reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit (Gen. 3:1-5; Is. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; Job 1-2; 1 John 5:19; 2 Cor. 11:14; 1 Tim. 3:6; 1 Pet. 5:8-9; James 4:7; Rev. 12:9, 20:1-3, 7-10).
Believers’ Must Know and Understand That Satan is NOT Omnipotent & NOT Sovereign!
** I will start another series On Saturday, September 24, 2022, titled God’s Omnipotence And Sovereignty.