After doing an in-depth study of the three places in Scripture where we find the voice of the devil speaking directly to someone else, I became convinced that many people look for the Devil in the wrong places.
This becomes even more clear when we observe how Scripture explicitly mentions Satan with reference to the ten characteristics below.
People rarely associate many of these behaviors with the evil one. Yet how do we explain the truth that, “the whole world is under the control of the evil one” (I John 5:19)?
It seems likely that his ways would be pervasively noticed throughout the world. And, in fact, we find this to be the case when we consider how common these ten characteristics are to human history.
- Conceit: (I Timothy 3:6)
- Willful rebellion: (Gen. 4:1-14 – observed in Cain – who belonged to the evil one; I John 3:12; cf. Isaiah 14:11-15)
- Discontentment: (Genesis 3:1-6)
- Selfish ambition: (James 3:13-16)
- Anger: (Ephesians 4:26-27)
- Murder: (John 8:44).
- Lying and deception: (John 8:44; II Corinthians 11:13-15)
- Envy: (I John 3:12;Isaiah 14:12-14)
- Prideful arrogance: (Luke 22:31-34; I Peter 5:5-9; James 4:6-7)
- Sexual temptation: (I Corinthians 7:3-5)