Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven." -Luke 10:18 NCV
Satanan, the Greek word used here, could be translated 'adversary'. Other Greek words like diábolos (slanderer) and peirazōn (tempter) give us further insight into the nature of Satan. Yet some wonder. Is Satan an individual entity or a description of evil. I am not sure that it makes a great difference. To stand against Satan is to stand against evil.
When we refuse to gossip and slander, we stand against Satan - the father of lies. Saying no to temptation is saying no to the Tempter. Each day we are confronted in small and large ways with Satan. The lure of evil confronts us in every aspect of our lives. In the end the Adversary can only be overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Lead us Lord. Not into temptation. Deliver us from evil. We stand by grace. We trust in your name.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.