Satan cannot tempt or put a Christian under trials without God’s permission, for it is written:
Are not two little sparrows sold for a [a]copper coin? And yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.
Below I mention how Satan secures God’s permission to tempt and try Christians.
1. Satan, is an angel who, like the holy Angels, was created by God. Genesis 2:1
2. Satan has the same abilities as the holy Angels of God except that he has a very wicked heart.
3. Like his holy angels, God left Satan with the right to access His heavenly presence (Genesis 28:12, Job 1:6, Job 2:1)
4. Satan always waits when God’s holy Angels are presenting themselves before God and he joins them to present himself before God as well (Job 1:6 and Job 2:1)
5. When Satan reaches God’s heavenly presence, his practice day and night is to accuse Christians before God that they are not as faithful as God thinks (Job 1:9-10, and Revelation 12:10)
6. After these accusations, Satan pleads for God’s permission to go and tempt Christians (Job 1:11)
7. If we do not pray as Jesus told us:
And lead us not into temptation,[a]
but deliver us from the evil one.”
8. Like many Christians today, Job did not know about Satan’s heavenly malicious activities; so he did not pray to God not to lead him into temptation. Since God has faith in all His believers, He went ahead and gave Satan permission to tempt Job. Hear what God told Satan:
‘The Lord said to Satan,
“Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord‘
Let all Christians be aware that God still gives out these permissions to Satan to tempt Christians.
9. After securing God’s permission, Satan went ahead to put Job under different trials.
10. In order to prepare all Christians against Satan’s accusations, God used Jesus Christ as an example. As Jesus started his ministry on earth, Satan was so worried so he started accusing Jesus before God. God had all his faith in Jesus Christ. He knew Jesus could not let Him down. Therefore God gave Satan permission to tempt Jesus! If God did not spare Jesus Christ, how about us?
11. During the temptation of Jesus, it is God himself who led Jesus Christ to the Devil to be tempted!
Mathew 4:1 says:
Then Jesus was led by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
God still does the same thing today by leading Christians into temptation. God himself does not tempt anyone. He only leads believers to the Devil who does the temptation.
11. After this experience Jesus started praying daily that our Father in Heaven does not lead him again to the Devil to be tempted. When he started preaching, Jesus advised all his believers to pray daily that our Father in Heaven does not lead us into temptation.
And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us [who has offended or wronged us].
And [a]lead us not into temptation [[b]but rescue us from evil].
12. Today Satan accuses Christians day and night before God (Revelation 12:10) seeking His permission to go and tempt them. If we do not pray daily to God that He does not lead us into temptation, then God will give Satan permission to tempt us.