We can go wrong in two directions when we talk about Satan. Either we don’t take him existence and malign intention seriously enough, or we give him to much credit. Satan can not implant thoughts into your mind.
The Bible teaches us that Satan is a created being and that he tempts through suggestion and arguments. For instance in Matthew 4, what we see there is that Satan’s a scripture twister. Satan isn’t original. He doesn’t write script.
He’s never written a book. He doesn’t know how to paint anything. He doesn’t know how to create anything, he can’t create anything, he distorts the Word of God, he runs around with spray paint painting over Mona-Lisa. The only way we can discern Satan’s voice is to know God’s voice better.
It’s often said by people who counteract the counterfeiting industry that the best way of being able to tell a counterfeit bill is to know the real thing really well. Jesus says “My sheep hear my voice and they follow me.” To really know His voice, to know what His Word has said, to know the scriptures well enough, to know what He’s truly saying, is because Satan is a pretty good theologian. Satan knows the Bible too. And Satan twists scripture.
We have to know what Scripture says in order to be able to discern when he’s twisting it, but we also twist scripture ourselves. I don’t think it’s very easy to distinguish. I can’t in my own life distinguish between Satan and my flesh. In either case, I think that Satan is taking advantage of the weakness of my sinful nature. But, ultimately it’s my sinful nature that gives him fodder and makes me susceptible to his false teaching.
Temptation begins with the need to fulfill our own desires that take us away from God. For example: if you have a desire to binge watch Netflix on the weekends, that will take you away from God, you know you should go to church but satan will say God will forgive you, if you miss church. If you fall for this to many times. You will stop praying and praising God at all.
The Word of God is our offensive weapon. The defensive weapon is the righteousness of Christ.
When Satan comes to you and tempts you into thinking that you really don’t have a relationship with God, because you don’t pray or praise Him anymore you begin struggling with the same sin over and over again, that’s when Satan focuses on criticisms.
He’ll even quote scripture out of context. Do you say then, “let me have a conversation with you, Satan about my Christian experiences? It’s a lot better than you think it is. No, you put on Christ. Don’t go reach for your righteousness in a conversation with Satan. Repent. Put on Your Armor Of God. And start obeying God.
Do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God. For many false prophets have gone out into the world by this you know the Spirit of God, every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is from God. And every spirit that does not confess Jesus, is not from God.