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With so much evil, unfairness and corruption in the world, the question is often asked, “where does all of this evil come from?” If God is so good and powerful, why doesn't He do something about the evil that exists? Why do the innocent suffer, while the wicked continue to prosper?
In this Bible study lesson, we will seek to give Biblical answers to these questions and more?
1 John 4:8
“He that ____________ not knoweth not God; for God is ________.”
“The ____________ hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have _____________thee with an _______________ ___________:”
The Bible says that “God is love.” Love is the basis on which God operates. The Bible also refers to God's love as everlasting. This means that as long as God exists, love has been the founda-tion of His government and operation. Therefore, God is not the One responsible for the evil that exists in the world.
1 John 3:8a
“He that committeth sin is of the ____________; for the __________ sinneth from the beginning.”
The Bible declares that sin originated with Satan (the Devil). He is the first one to sin—to raise up rebellion against God's gov-ernment and as a result, has brought suffering and disobedience into this world (see also John 8:44).
“How art thou fallen from _______________, O ____________, son of the morning!”
“And he said unto them, I beheld ___________ as lightning fall from
Satan originates from heaven. He was called Lucifer, which means, “light bearer” or “day star”. He dwelt in heaven as an angel of God before he sinned.
“Thou sealest up the sum, full of _______________, and perfect in______________. Thou hast been in __________ the __________ of God; every precious stone was thy _______________,
Thou art the anointed ____________ that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the ___________ _______________ of God; . . . . .Thou wast ____________ in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till _________________ was found in thee.”
God created Lucifer and appointed him as an anointed cherub—meaning that he stood next to God's throne (Psalm 80:1). He held a high position among the angels. He was perfect in all his ways, full of wisdom and beauty and he was in the holy mountain of God before “iniquity” was found in him.
“Thine ____________ was _________ ______ because of thy beauty, thou hast _____________ thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness:”
Isaiah 14:13, 14
“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will __________ into heaven, I will ____________ my throne above the stars of God: . . . . I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like _________
Lucifer’s sin began with pride and a desire to be “like God”. He wanted to take God’s position (see also John 8:44).
“And there was _______________ in heaven: Michael and his angels ____________ against the dragon; and ________________ fought and his angels, . . . . And the great dragon was ________
_________, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was ________ _________ into the ____________, and his angels were cast out with him.”
“And the ____________ said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, from going to and fro in the________________, and from walking up and down in it.
1 Peter 5:8
“Be ___________, be _____________; because your _____________the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may_______________:
Lucifer, turned Satan, currently dwells on the earth, going about, the Bible says, “seeking whom he may devour” (see also Revelation 12:12; John 10:10).
“Then shall he say also unto them on the __________ ___________,___________ from me, ye cursed, into ________________________, prepared for the _______________and his angels:”
God has a plan to destroy Satan, Sin, and Death in the fires of hell at the last day (see Revelation 20:10.)
1 John 3:8b
“For this purpose the _______ of __________ was manifested, that he might ________________ the works of the ______________.”
Through the death of Jesus Christ on behalf of man, God has rescued this world from sin and has sealed the fate of Sa-tan—to destruction (see also Hebrews 2:14, 15).
“Finally, my brethren, be ______________ in the ___________, and in the ______________ of his might. Put on the whole ______________ of God, that ye may be able to ____________ against the wiles of the _____________ . . . . ”
“Submit yourselves therefore to __________. ___________the devil, and he will ___________ from you. _________ ________to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”
In order to overcome the Devil, we must first recognize who we are up against—that we are fighting against one who is superior to us in ability and skill—we are no match for the Devil. There-fore, our only means of victory is to depend entirely upon the Lord by having a daily connection with Him through prayer and obedience to His word.