In the Old Testament we find our first glimpse of God’s arch enemy, who is Satan. If you look into the Hebrew language you will find the word Satan literally means accuser. He is an accuser, that is what he does. In John 10:10 it says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” The word life there is the Greek word zoe and it literally means the life of God. It says there, that Satan is a thief and what he is out to steal is your identity.
When he first appeared to Adam in the garden he said to Adam the day you eat of that tree you will become like God. Well, Adam was already like God. Genesis 1:26 it says “Then God said, Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness, let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” He gave man dominion, He created man in His image and His likeness, He created man as close to Himself and like Himself as He possibly could. Satan the accuser comes along and said you are not like God, but God doesn’t want you to know this, but if you eat of that tree you will become like God and you will know the difference between good and evil.
One of Satan’s main avenues is to get our eyes off the real attack of our identity and get our eyes on things like music, drugs and alcohol. Then we think those things are our problem, they are not the problem. Jesus said, make the tree good and the fruit will be good. An apple tree does not produce peaches. If you have a tree that is bringing forth peaches and you think it is an apple tree, you need to examine it closely because I promise you it is not an apple tree, it is a peach tree. Jesus said, make the tree good, in other words make the root good (or make the system through which it grows good) and the fruit will be automatic.
The reason people are having drug, alcohol and these other problems is because, they don’t know who they are. Child of God, when you understand who you are, when you understand your identity, and you are a good tree then you produce good fruit. But if you don’t really understand your identity and who you are, you will be struggling with this your whole life. Satan is out to destroy your identity, because he doesn’t want you to really know about the finished work of Jesus.
You may find this shocking, Satan’s tools are not alcohol, music and drugs, Satan’s tool is the word of God. Read it in your Bible, what did he come at Adam with? The word of God. What did he come at Jesus with? The word of God. What did he do when he came at Jesus and attacked His identity? He said, if you are the Son of God turn these stones into bread. Throughout the word of God he attacked Israel’s identity. He’s always after your identity, because if he can get your focus off of who you really are, then the fruit that you bear will be non-productive in your life. Satan is always an accuser and the reason he accuses is because if he can accuse you he can steal your identity, he will destroy you and he will kill you.