The mastermind who orchestrates this whole conspiracy is Satan himself. He is the dark prince. Jesus called him “the prince of this world” (John 14:30). The apostle Paul called him “the god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4).

Satan is a consummate liar, and he is spiritually wicked, brilliantly stupid, and hideously beautiful. He wants to pull the veil of darkness over his activities. For a while he may persuade sophisticates that he does not exist at all. They think of him as a mythological character or in the comic sense as a little guy in a red suit with a pitchfork trying to catch somebody bending over.

If he can’t convince people that he doesn’t exist, then he tries another route—spreading the lie that the devil is only in hell and that is where he reigns. The truth is that he is not in hell. He will be in hell one day. When he goes to hell, he will be incarcerated and tormented there. He will not reign there. Hell was prepared for the devil and his angels, but he is not there yet!

Satan comes against you to obsess, depress, and defeat. Many have fallen and are overtly worshiping Satan in the most gross, blasphemous, and obscene ways. And still others are covertly worshiping him in the dark, hidden recesses of life where people think they will never be found out! Others follow him unwittingly as an “angel of light.”

Let me give you some of the names and descriptions that have been given to him in the Bible. He is called the deceiver. He is called a liar. He is called a murderer. He is called the accuser of the brethren, the tempter, the prince of the power of the air, the destroyer, the evil one. Like many in the underworld, he has his aliases.

The world, the flesh, and the devil have struck an unholy alliance for your humiliating defeat and destruction. Think of your flesh as a pool of gasoline. Think of the world system as a lighted match. Think of Satan as the one who has struck the match and flings it at you. The searing flames that leap up to consume and destroy you can be traced to this devilish arsonist!

Adrian Rogers, The Incredible Power of Kingdom Authority: Getting an Upper Hand on the Underworld (Nashville: B&H, 2002).


The mastermind who orchestrates this whole conspiracy is Satan himself. He is the dark prince. Jesus called him “the prince of this world” (John 14:30). The apostle Paul called him “the god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4).

Satan is a consummate liar, and he is spiritually wicked, brilliantly stupid, and hideously beautiful. He wants to pull the veil of darkness over his activities. For a while he may persuade sophisticates that he does not exist at all. They think of him as a mythological character or in the comic sense as a little guy in a red suit with a pitchfork trying to catch somebody bending over.

If he can’t convince people that he doesn’t exist, then he tries another route—spreading the lie that the devil is only in hell and that is where he reigns. The truth is that he is not in hell. He will be in hell one day. When he goes to hell, he will be incarcerated and tormented there. He will not reign there. Hell was prepared for the devil and his angels, but he is not there yet!

Satan comes against you to obsess, depress, and defeat. Many have fallen and are overtly worshiping Satan in the most gross, blasphemous, and obscene ways. And still others are covertly worshiping him in the dark, hidden recesses of life where people think they will never be found out! Others follow him unwittingly as an “angel of light.”

Let me give you some of the names and descriptions that have been given to him in the Bible. He is called the deceiver. He is called a liar. He is called a murderer. He is called the accuser of the brethren, the tempter, the prince of the power of the air, the destroyer, the evil one. Like many in the underworld, he has his aliases.

The world, the flesh, and the devil have struck an unholy alliance for your humiliating defeat and destruction. Think of your flesh as a pool of gasoline. Think of the world system as a lighted match. Think of Satan as the one who has struck the match and flings it at you. The searing flames that leap up to consume and destroy you can be traced to this devilish arsonist!

Adrian Rogers, The Incredible Power of Kingdom Authority: Getting an Upper Hand on the Underworld (Nashville: B&H, 2002).


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