What is satans' character?
- From: "Hildi" <hildigard8@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2005 10:42:16 -0500
What is satans' character?
1. He is subtile. Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtile than any beast of
the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God
said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 Corinthians 11:3 But I
fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so
your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
2. He is fierce. Luke 8:29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out
of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains
and in fetters; and he break the bands, and was driven of the devil into the
3. He is slanderous. Job 1:9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job
fear God for naught?
4. He is deceitful. 2 Corinthians 11:14 For if he that cometh preacheth another
Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have
not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear
5. He is powerful. Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the
course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the
spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
6. He is proud. 1 Timothy 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he
fall into the condemnation of the devil.
7. He is cowardly. James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the
devil, and he will flee from you.
8. He is wicked. 1 John 2:13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known
him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have
overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have
known the Father.
9. Satan has power over the wicked. They are his children. Acts 13:10 And said,
O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of
all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
10. 1 John 3:10:10. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children
of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that
loveth not his brother.
11. The children of satan will always do his will. John 8:44 Ye are of your
father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer
from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in
him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the
father of it.
12. He possesses them always. Luke 22:3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed
Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
13. He blinds those who fellow him. 2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this
world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the
glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
14. He truly deceives them. Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are
expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8: And shall go out to deceive
the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to
gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
15. He ensnares them. 1 Timothy 3:7 Moreover he must have a good report of them
which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
16. They will all be punished with him in the end if they stay his children and
fellow his evil ways. Matthew 25:41: Then shall he say also unto them on the
left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the
devil and his angels:
-- Proverbs 9:7-12 --
"Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult;
whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.
Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;
rebuke a wise man and he will love you.
Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;
teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
For through me your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.
If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer."
Are you a mocker or a wise person? You can tell by the way you respond to
criticism. Instead of tossing back a quick put-down or clever retort when
rebuked, listen to what is being said. Learn from your critics; this is the
path to wisdom. Wisdom begins with knowing God. He gives insight into living
because he created life. To know God is not just to know the facts about
him, but to stand in awe of him and have a relationship with him. Do you
really want to be wise? Get to know God better and better.
September 26th - St. Callistratus
Saint Callistratus was a native of Carthage. An ancestor of Saint
Callistratus, Neoscorus, has served under the emperor Tiberius in Palestine,
under the command of the procurator of Judea Pontius Pilate, and was a
witness to the suffering on the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, His martyr's
death and glorious Resurrection. The father of the saint was a Christian,
and he raised his son in faith and piety. Also like his father, Saint
Callistratus became a soldier and excelled among his pagan military comrades
by good conduct and gentle disposition. During the nights when everyone
slept, he usually stayed up at prayer. One time a soldier sleeping nearby
him heard Saint Callistratus invoking the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and
he reported this to the military commander, who in turn summoned
Callistratus, interrogated him and wanted to make him offer sacrifice to
idols. To this the saint answered firmly with a resolute refusal. Then the
military commander gave orders to beat the saint and then, covered with
wounds, to drag him over sharp stones. The beating and the torments did not
sway the firm will and brave endurance of the sufferer. The torturer gave
orders to sew up the saint in a leather sack and drown him in the sea. By
Divine Providence however the sack came upon a sharp rock tearing it, and
Saint Callistratus, supported by dolphins, came to dry land unharmed.
Viewing such a miracle, 49 soldiers came to believe in Christ. Then the
military commander threw Saint Callistratus together with the believing
soldiers into prison. Before this, all of them were subjected to innumerable
In confinement Saint Callistatus continued to preach the Word of God to the
soldiers and he bolstered their spirits for the martyr's act. Summoned again
to the military commander, the sufferers firmly confessed their faith in
Christ, after which they bound them hand and foot and threw them into a
water-dam. But there their bonds broke, and with bright faces the holy
martyrs stood in the water, rejoicing in their Baptism, which coincided with
the act of martyrdom. Over them were beautiful bright crowns, and all heard
a voice: "Be brave, Callistratus, with thine company, and come rest in the
eternal habitations." At the same time with this, the earth shuddered and an
idol standing not far off fell down and smashed. Beholding this happening,
another 135 soldiers also believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. The military
commander, fearing a mutiny in the army, did not set about to judge them,
but again imprisoned Saint Callistratus with the others, where they
fervently prayed and gave thanks to the Creator, for having given them power
to endure such sufferings. At night by order of the military commander they
chopped the martyrs to pieces with swords. Their holy remains were buried by
the remaining-alive 135 soldiers, and afterwards on the spot of their
sufferings, as Saint Callistatus had foretold, a church was built.
Spiritual Bouquet: Each will receive his own reward according to his labor.
I Cor. 3:8
Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know Thee,
And desire nothing save only Thee.
Let me hate myself and love Thee.
Let me do everything for the sake of Thee.
Let me humble myself and exalt Thee.
Let me think nothing except Thee.
Let me die to myself and live in Thee.
Let me accept whatever happens as from Thee.
Let me banish self and follow Thee,
and ever desire to follow Thee.
Let me fly from myself and take refuge in Thee,
that I may deserve to be defended by Thee.
Let me fear for myself, let me fear Thee,
and let me be among those who are chosen by Thee.
Let me distrust myself and put my trust in Thee.
Let me be willing to obey for the sake of Thee.
Let me cling to nothing save only to Thee,
and let me be poor because of Thee.
Look upon me, that I may love Thee.
Call me that I may see Thee,
And forever enjoy Thee. - Amen.
- Saint Augustine
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