Just as God exists, so does Satan, His enemy. God had no beginning. He is the beginning and the end (Revelation 22:13). But the Enemy had a beginning and has a definite end. No one created God, for He is the self-existent One, but the Enemy is a created being that went wrong. Lucifer (or Satan) was originally part of the kingdom of God and, through his rebellion, chose to become God’s foe.
How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:12–14)
Satan lost his personal and corporate identities, so he created a kingdom identity of his own. This is why he became known as a thief. This is not a description of his character, it is who he is. Therefore, throughout history he has worked to accomplish three things in every life God has created:
1.Kill personal identity
2.Steal relational identity
3.Destroy kingdom identity
The Enemy had a personal identity: “morning star … son of the dawn” (Isaiah 14:12). But Satan chose not to keep the identity that was given to him at creation. He wanted a different one. He rebelled because he wanted to be like God. Essentially, he had an identity crisis. His identity as the Enemy was born from a desire to be like God. But he wouldn’t be satisfied to have the identity of God. He wanted an identity above God.
Even today, the Enemy seeks to replace God. That is who he is in his sole purpose. The Enemy’s character, strategy and attributes, all that he intends and accomplishes, are centered on this core goal—replacing God. What we need to understand today is the enemy’s ability to look like God; to lie. Jesus says Satan speaks “his native language.”. This is an amazing description of the Enemy’s identity. Lying is not an attribute of the Enemy, but who he is. Murder, manipulation and deceit are his nature.
Satan uses doubt, fear, hate, and temptation to express his identity. Our own inability to love each other (and ourselves) comes from this place. He is evil, personified. And this understanding is not meant to excuse us or put the blame elsewhere. Rather, it is meant to help us identify where counterfeit experiences are manufactured. Those designed to keep humanity consumed with the superficial instead of focused on God.