John 8:44b (NIV) – (the devil) was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him…he is a liar and the father of lies.
Yes, Jesus was talking here about an evil force with a spirit personality, not a corporeal being (Eph 2:2; Luke 24:39). He is a created being and does NOT possess divine attributes. He cannot read your mind. He has intellect and emotion (Rev. 12:12) and power to make choices (Isa. 14:12-14). He tries to ensnare us without arousing suspicion (II Cor 4:4). His whole goal is to cast doubt on God’s Word (Genesis 3:1-7), vent his hatred of God by attacking faithful saints (Job 1:9-11), and oversee a host of evil spirits in dominating and energizing world leaders with a lust for power to create wars and the destruction of mankind. We have an enemy. Face this truth. You cannot bargain with him—he takes it all, because hell is never satisfied. Only Jesus’ power in you and through you can defeat him. Open your eyes and evaluate what is going on around you. What is true? Are you being deceived? Don’t listen to the lies. Priscilla Shirer’s study, The Armor of God, will equip you to understand how you can overcome this enemy. YES, “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Rom 8:37). Don’t be deceived.