He is a creature, not the Creator. He is intelligent and cunning, not all knowing and all powerful. But he doesn’t mind if you think he’s mighty. It is fine by him if you equate him with God. If you think that the “dark side” is equal in power to the power of the heavenly hosts, he thinks that’s excellent.
The Bible describes him as being like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Another image of him is that of a scary dragon. But even then we are reassured that the dragon is defeated.
He is not the ruler of hell. He is doomed to be tormented in hell. He is the tempter, but with our fallen nature we are tempted to pull away from dependence upon God all by ourselves. He is most often referred to in the Bible as the accuser. As much as we might…
Do you love your neighbour?
Does your strength come from joy?
Do you bid peace
On the house of your enemy?
Will you wait patiently?
Are kindness and goodness
Your very nature?
Are you faithful to both
God and yourself?
Are you gentle in words
Are you gentle in deeds?
Have you covenanted control of yourself?
Then by these, your fruits
Shall you be recognised:
A true child of God,
And when you cry out,
Then surely, shall you be heard.
Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ – Matthew 28:16-20
And Jacob was left alone.
And a man wrestled with him
until the breaking of the day.
When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob,
he touched his hip socket,
and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint
as he wrestled with him.
Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.”
But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
And he said to him, “What is your name?”
And he said, “Jacob.”
Then he said,
“Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel,
for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” – Genesis 32:24-28 (ESV)