Ever since Satan rebelled against God, he has been waging war against Him, His angels, and His people.  Let’s contrast the Five I Will Statements of Satan’s rebellion with the five I Will statements of God’s promises in the Old Testament.  Then let’s look at the seven “I Wills” of Jesus and His seven “I Am” statements.  

The Five “I Wills” of Satan

In Isaiah 14:13-14 are five phrases expressing the sinful desires of Lucifer.  Each begins with “I will” and reveals Satan’s self-sufficiency and his self-worship. 

Isaiah 14:13-14  For you [Lucifer] have said in your heart:

  1. I will ascend into heaven, 
  2. I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; 
  3. I will also sit on the mount of the congregation In the sides of the north;
  4. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, 
  5. I will be like the Most High.

This passage is often referred to as The Five ˜I wills” of Satan. The statements reveal Satan’s sinful nature, his rebellion, his disobedience, his self-sufficiency, his pride, his self-exaltation, and his all-encompassing pride and arrogance.

For Satan, it’s all about him, and nothing about God.

John Milton, in his epic poem, “Paradise Lost,” expounded on the sinful nature of Satan’s heart using poetic license.  Although not biblical words, Milton certainly describes Satan’s intent and desire when he “quotes” Satan as saying, “Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven.”

The Five “I Wills” of God

In Exodus 6:6-8, found between two declarations of God’s Name (“I am the Lord…my name Jehovah” Ex 6:2-3 and  “I am the Lord” Ex 6:8), are five precious “I Will” promises of God. In this passage, God tells what He will do to free His people (Ex 6:1).  

  1. I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians (vs 6)
  2. I will take you to Me for a people (vs 7)
  3. I will be to you a God (vs 7)
  4. I will  bring you in unto the land (vs 8)
  5. I will give it to you for a heritage. (vs 8)

The five “I Will” statements of Satan were sinful and brought death.  The five “I Will” statements of God give hope and comfort. And, in the New Testament, the seven “I Will” statements of Jesus and His seven “I Am” statements give us assurance of who God is, what He has done for us, and will continue to do for us.  They remind us of His love, grace, and mercy for us, and His faithfulness to us.  They produce in us unbounded joy and overflowing love.

The Seven “I Wills” of Jesus

  1. I will make you fishers of men. (Matt 4:19)
  2. I will give you rest (Matt 11:28)
  3. I will keep you. (John 6:37)
  4. I will love you (John 14:21).
  5. I will do what you ask in my name. (John 14:14)
  6. I will come again and see you again (John 14:3, 16:22)
  7. I will send the [Holy Spirit] to you. (John 16:7)

The Seven “I Am” Statements of Jesus

  1. I am the bread of life (John 6:35)
  2. I am the light of the world (John 8:12)
  3. I am the gate for the sheep (John 10:7)
  4. I am the good shepherd (John 10:11)
  5. I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25)
  6. I am the way and the truth and the life (John 14:6) 
  7. I am the true vine (John 15:1)

Conclusion

Yes, there is a spiritual war that rages.  Satan continues to rebel against his Creator and it’s always his desire to tempt you and deceive you.  But don’t give Satan more power than he has. Remember, greater is He that is in you [the Holy Spirit], than he that is in the world [Satan].” (1 John 4:4)  

Also, remember that Satan’s power is limited. He can only do that which God allows.  While Satan is called the god of this world (2 Cor 4:4) and the prince of this world (John 12:31), he is a small “g” god and a small “p” prince.  Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is the omnipotent God of all creation and the reigning King over all kings and princes.

Jer 32:27  Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh…
1 Tim 6:15 …[Jesus is] the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.

Everything belongs to God and He is sovereign over all things (including Satan and his minions).

Psa 89:11  The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; The world and all its fullness, You have founded them.
Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

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Do not be anxious about anything.  (Phil 4:6)

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control.  Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19.  As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.” 

Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it:  Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”  The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live:  Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.

God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble.  When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.  

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19

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