Then God said, “Let’s make man in our image, after our likeness…”
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living being- Gen. 1:26; 2:7-RSV.
Man the last creature of God became the envy of the angelic folk because he was the only creature made after God’s own likeness-we were made to be just like Him.
The devil isn’t called the enemy for just the name’s sake. He became envious of the fact that he was no longer the apple of God’s eye-he was just ordinary whereas
a mere creature made out of dust carried the very breath and portrayed the very image of the sovereign God.
Out of envy He caused man to sin so he would be separated from God.
Knowing God to be pure and holy, he made man do every unthinkable, perverse act just to make God give us up. He took over the will of man, causing him to sin grievously bringing curses upon curses on mankind.
Wider and broader became the gap between God and man that God Himself had to step in to save the almost-hopeless situation.
Sensing a rescue operation underway, the devil tried to do all he could to stop Christ from dying on the Cross but God is sovereign above all.
Even though he knew he had lost the battle when the Lord declared, “It is finished!” and took His last breath on the Cross, he’s still doing all he can to destroy as many souls as possible. No wonder he’s called the “Enemy of the soul.”
Out of envy, he’s always on the lookout for a prey to destroy. He tries his best to pull as many strings as possible to make us falter so he can get the right to stand at our right side and accuse us before God as being unworthy of His love and grace; hence the name, the Accuser of the brethren.”
He never ceases to deceive people about who God is and the purpose for creating man. He makes people believe God is just a myth and we are our own gods; that our lives are ours to live and hence we’re not accountable to anyone. He is indeed “the Deceiver.”
He knows his time is running out and his fate has already been sealed so he’s leaving no stone unturned to turn as many humans as possible against God so they would perish with him forever. Nothing he whispers is the truth; he twists the truth every chance he gets to get the people of God on his side-surely, he is the Father of Liars.
The truth is, there is a battle of soul-winning and we’re all caught up in it. No one is on the fence. It’s either your soul is God’s hands or not. We have Jesus, the Lover of our soul and the evil one, who has made himself our enemy. We as humans are caught between the battle lines.
Envy is a dangerous powerful emotion that destroys every good thing in its path. Don’t be deceived into rejecting God. For the consequences is a never-ending torture with God’s own enemy.
Let’s pray that God will give us an understanding mind and a burdened heart so we will not be ignorant of the wiles of the enemy and thus be able to snatch the souls on the way to doomed eternity.