The Fall: What motivates Satan?
Pride goes before destruction… Proverbs 16:18
The motivation for all of the Serpent’s work is pride and self-glory instead of humility and God-glory.1 Subsequently, one of his most powerful allies in opposing God’s people is their own pride. Some have speculated as to why the Serpent continues in his war against God even though Scripture is clear that the decisive battle was won in the death, resurrection and exaltation of Jesus, guaranteeing that he will be certainly ultimately defeated and painfully judged. It may be that the Serpent continues the war (Rev. 12:17) because he is indeed so proud that he has deceived himself and now believes that God is a liar who can be beaten.
In his war against God, the Serpent not only has demons but also has people who are allies in his army either by demonic possession, demonic influence, or simply living according to their sin nature and flesh. Such people include false prophets who speak for the Serpent,2 false apostles who lead ministries for the Serpent,3 false Christians who divide churches,4 and false teachers who teach heretical doctrine for the Serpent.5
Regarding spiritual warfare as it is experienced on the personal level, 2 Corinthians 2:11 (NIV) says, “Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.” Therefore, knowing Satan’s tactics helps us in anticipating his work and living in victory rather than as victims. In the next few days, we will examine the world, the flesh, and the devil.
In what areas of your life is pride an ongoing battle?