(Excerpt from a work in progress)
“Know Thy Enemy”
by Michael “Blue” Erdmier
Matthew 10:16: “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”
There are many names that have adorned the devil throughout history, but by any name our adversary’s most potent secret weapon has been the ignorance of the saints regarding him. More than his ability to tempt and instill desire, more than his deep knowledge of humankind and the ability to read man’s intentions and wishes, his ability to use the same tired old tricks over and over again through the ages has proven invaluable in drawing believers away from the effective lives they are called to live in service of the King.
This book will attempt to elucidate some of the dark recesses often used by “the illuminator” in order to better prepare the Saints, not only for Spiritual warfare; but for avoiding and escaping those fiery darts in everyday life. By exposing some of those challenges which have been common to man throughout the ages, but which we often do not speak of, I will effectively remove from his arsenal some of those same tricks that he has been using on believers since the fall.
We will begin by examining the Bible for information concerning Lucifer’s past; where he comes from, how and why he was made, how he got here and why he torments us. Then we will study specific Biblical and historical references of Satanic attacks on the Saints and their outcomes. Finally we will unravel the critical flaws in these attacks in order to better understand how to thwart them as we encounter them in our own lives. In this final stage we will also be studying many of Satan’s weaknesses and shortcomings, and discovering ways to take advantage of those weaknesses.
As you read this book and begin to put some of the information obtained from it into practice, remember that the devil is not omniscient; he cannot be in all places at all times and he does not know all things. For instance, he cannot read your mind. Remember too, that he is not omnipotent; he is not all-powerful. He is however very powerful and has thousands of years of experience in reading and manipulating mankind, and we need to approach tackling his wiles with humility, prayer and fasting. In Jude 1:9 the Bible tells us; “But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" While I find it very intriguing that Michael would be having this debate with Satan, I find it even more interesting that he invoked Jesus' Name when dealing with him.
Digging in the Dirt
Who is this “Satan”? Where does he come from? How was he made? Why was he made? How did he get here? Why does he torment us? With so many questions, it’s good to have some answers. The key to defeating any foe is to “know thy enemy”. Where it concerns the devil, this means knowing his past; and there is plenty of information on this subject in the Bible.
First, where does he come from?
How was he made?
Why was he made?
Where does he come from?
So, how did Lucifer then end up on earth? In Isaiah 14:12 says; “How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth…” Luke 10:18 Jesus states; "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”. Revelation 12:9 tells us; “The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.” And Revelation 12:12 adds; “Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short”.
Finally, why does he torment us?
Previous attacks from historical and Biblical perspectives. Job. Judas.
…For the Record…
Critical flaws, weaknesses of Satan and his attacks.
As you can see, this is just getting going, but I was curious as to how a book like this would be received once it was done. Any input you guys have on the subject is greatly welcome, and may be included. I am very excited to be working on this, but I am also wary of attacks when bringing light into something that is very likely very protectively hidden. Be praying for me as I work on this book. :)