He is a creature, not the Creator. He is intelligent and cunning, not all knowing and all powerful. But he doesn’t mind if you think he’s mighty. It is fine by him if you equate him with God. If you think that the “dark side” is equal in power to the power of the heavenly hosts, he thinks that’s excellent.
The Bible describes him as being like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Another image of him is that of a scary dragon. But even then we are reassured that the dragon is defeated.
He is not the ruler of hell. He is doomed to be tormented in hell. He is the tempter, but with our fallen nature we are tempted to pull away from dependence upon God all by ourselves. He is most often referred to in the Bible as the accuser. As much as we might picture him whispering juicy temptations into our ears, it might be more accurate to think of him pointing out to us all of the things we’ve done wrong.
He is defeated. He is able to be defeated. But in order to conquer him, we must engage him. We must acknowledge him as our opposition. The Bible tells us that we can command him to get behind us. We also know that when we praise our God, our enemy must flee. He would rather we stayed quiet. He would rather that we did not engage the fight. But I choose to shout “Hallelujah!” I choose to give all praise to Jesus. I love to see the dragon tuck tail and run, not because I am great, but because the God I serve is great.
The devil is a liar. But he has no hold on me. He still rages like a wounded dog, but don’t be intimidated. Jesus has already won the battle over this little intimidator.