Unmasking the Ancient Ways of Satan Part 4



1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.”  Matthew 4:1-11 (NIV) 2010

“The Six Demonic Strategies of Satan”

II.           The Devil Uses His Boldness to Execute His Attacks

The tempter came to him…”

 

Demons tremble at the presence of Jesus; even when Jesus was not addressing them, demons would cry out as Jesus would pass by. We can’t confuse demons with Satan. I must make clear the fact that the devil is bold. Though that does not mean that he is even a threat to God; we must point out that when the devil came at Jesus; he did without fear. It took great courage to do a face-off with the Son of God. Chapter forty-one of Job is a description of the devil; in verse thirty-three we read: “Nothing on earth is its equal—a creature without fear.” Satan, formally known as Lucifer, planned a conspiracy against God. Lucifer convinced one-third of the angels in heaven. My friends; boldness is needed to even try a plan like that. Satan was also bold enough to come and contaminate God’s creation by seducing Adam and Eve into sin. I am believing that Satan is convinced that he can beat God. Satan did not run from Jesus, he came after Jesus!

 

The same way he came after Jesus, he is coming after you and me, personally, when we become a threat to his plan. If he is not scared of Jesus, do you think that he is scared of you and me? If you think that your shout, the fancy suit, a few years of seminary and a millions titles before your name will scare him away, you are up to a very rude awakening.

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unmasking the Ancient Ways of Satan Part 3


1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.”  Matthew 4:1-11 (NIV) 2010

 

“The Six Demonic Strategies of Satan”

 

I.             The Devil Attacks us at our Weakest Moments:

 

“After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him…”

The Devil did not come at Jesus on the first day of his fasting, not even half way there. The Devil came after Jesus on his fortieth day; the last day of Jesus’ fasting. When I look at the Five Basic Needs that physiologist and even Christian counselors agree on, I am able to see that the enemy will always attack us in those areas where our needs are not being met. If you are lacking Love, the enemy will present a situation where something that looks like love will come your way. This need of love is a need for us to possess a sense of belonging. That is why the family is such a powerful institution and the foundation of society because it is there that we are supposed to begin to fulfill this need to belong. The other basic needs are: Power, Freedom, Fun and Survival. I strongly believe that all of these needs can only be fulfilled in the manifested presence of God. He is the great “I am.” He ought to be all we need. However, in our journey, many of us look for people, places and outer experiences to fulfill these needs. It is not that we ought to be isolated from the world, but our relationship with others and our enjoyment of life should flow out of a healthy relationship with our Heavenly Father.

 

Jesus was in need of food; that is a Survival Need (Food, Water and Shelter). The Bible tells us that: “After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry” (V. 2). The Devil, just like us, likes to win, so he knows exactly when to attack. Jesus has been fasting for forty days, so the enemy came with a temptation that was appealing to what the flesh needed at that moment; it was indeed Jesus’ weakest moment as the Bible recognized that Jesus was hungry. Jesus was operating in his human form and just as a human; he felt the need to eat food. Come on! We know how we feel after not eating for a few hours. We can be driving and are constantly bombarded with images of food: billboards and restaurants all over the place; even as we watch TV a great percent of the commercials we see are food related. We know what effect those commercials have on us, so imagine how the idea of “turning the stones to bread” sounded to Jesus’ flesh. Above all, God is the Great I Am! For God to reduce to a human must have been painful enough.

 

For many of us, it may be a different need; we may be going through a rejection and our sense of belonging is being affected. We may be going through the experience of having to go to work with a boss that is abusive; which affects our need for power and control. For others, you may be feeling bored to death and you want excitement in your life as your need for fun is manifested every moment. For others, you may be in a relationship where you feel controlled and monitored with every move you make as your need for freedom is not being fulfilled. It is important that you be able to identified those areas in your life where your needs are not being met, because those are the areas where Satan will try to come in and tempt you.

 

Jesus was clear in what was important, even as he was hungry and in need of food, he answered:

 

“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (V. 4)

 

 Be aware of those areas in your life where your needs are not being fulfilled and go before God for the fulfillment of that need.

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

 

Unmasking the Ancient Ways of Satan Part 2


1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” (Matthew 4:1)

Satan will never repent; Satan will never change, Satan will never be restored and Satan will never be saved from the hell that is awaiting him. But one thing is for sure; Satan will bow down to God, just like everybody else. His knees will not be able to offer resistance to the power and authority of Jesus. In John 10:10 Jesus gives us Satan’s job description:

 

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…”

Without a doubt, Satan has remained faithful to his call! As many of us doubt our call and find ourselves in many ups and down; Satan knows how to stay focused on what his job is.

Temptation is defined as; “to be scrutinizedThe words scrutinize means, “to examine somebody or something closely and carefully.” In other words; temptation reflects what we are really made of. That is why it is extremely dangerous to release somebody into the fullness of ministry that has not been tested. We live in a world where our talents are shinning above our character. We step out because of our good talent, but as Satan unleashes his destructive strategy against us, many of us fall hard onto the floor of shame.

We can’t really know if something is what they say it is until it is being tested, scrutinized and weighed against all possibilities of wrong doing. The cars we buy must go through a testing process and as they are able to pass all of the required testing, then they are ready to be sold out in the market. Don’t confuse the waiting and the training with inactivity; I am not saying just sit back and wait! As you go and as you engage you are being prepared for more and greater things. It is important that you don’t try to go ahead of God, because you will never be able to do so. For the place that God is preparing many of us, we must make sure that we are equipped with the anointing and grace of God, every step of the way. Our natural abilities are worthless without the anointing and the backing of the Holy Ghost.

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

Unmasking the Ancient Ways of Satan Part 1


As the culture of the world becomes friendlier to evil, it is extremely important for the People of God to be able to recognize and understand the ancient ways of Satan. Satan has successfully used the same strategy from the ancient days to today. In Heaven, in the very presence of God, the Evil One was able to convince one third of the angels to follow him as he rebelled against God. Even as Adam and Eve walked with God in the cool of the day, the enemy was still able to deceive Eve and also cause Adam to rebel against the one thing God said not to do. Still today the enemy continues to successfully apply his evil strategy and deceive many every day.  Satan has a way of making a lie look like the ultimate truth and make sin look holy. After all, he still has the ability to present himself as an angel of light.

 

    In the history of humanity, only one person has really given Satan a beat down! Only one person has beaten Satan in his own game. Only one person took all of Satan’s weapons and not only came out victorious, but he did not even break a sweat…you guessed it: Jesus Christ of Nazareth! The amazing thing about this fight was that Jesus was engaging into this fight outside of His element, as Jesus took the form of a normal man, with all the natural limitations of our dimension of life.  It was like an anticipated heavy weight championship fight…I can imagine the angels in heaven eating popcorn and getting comfortable to watch the greatest of all battles in the history of existence. It was a one-on-one, a “mano a mano,” and the greatest ultimate fight of all times. I can hear the angels telling one another “Watch this…it’s gona be awesome!” Now, everybody knew that Archangel Michael gave Satan a beat down for the soul of Moses back in the day, but they were about to see Jesus fight and that alone was exciting. Matthew 4:1-11 recorded for us this amazing encounter.

 

    Before we explore Satan’s destructive strategy, let’s take a quick look at what is taking place before the encounter. We see in verse one, that the Holy Spirit purposely led Jesus into the desert with the unique purpose of facing the devil’s temptations. If being tempted is a sin, then Jesus sinned. However, we know that Jesus did not sin, so we must conclude that we will all be tempted with all kinds of worldly desires at one point or another. Temptations ought to be expected in the life of a Christian. I wrote an article entitled: “Prepare for Battle,” and in that article I take some time expanding on the reasons why it was necessary for Jesus to face the enemy in the desert. I also expand on the meaning of some of the symbolism found in this extraordinary event. I strongly recommend that you take a look at this article as we engage together in this journey of getting a deeper understanding of the ways of Satan. I strongly believe that at the end of this series you will be richly blessed and ready to face a very normal path in the life of a Christian: (https://angelcasiano.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/prepare-for-battle/).

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

 

Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places


January 12, 2011

31 When the LORD saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless. 32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, “It is because the LORD has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”

33 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Because the LORD heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon.

34 Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” So he was named Levi. 35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the LORD.” So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children.”

(Genesis 29:31-35) NIV

To feel loved is one of our basic needs according to both, secular and Christian psychology. That sense of belonging is dear to our souls. Leah found herself, like many of us, face to face with the reality of not being loved by someone she loved very much. That someone was not just anybody; it was her husband Jacob. When we study this story, we know that Jacob loved Rachel; he work for her for seven years and on his honeymoon, I guess all the lights were out and he did not realize until the next morning that he slept with the wrong sister (Leah). All of these were planned by Rachel and Leah’s father, Laban. At the end Jacob ended-up working fourteen years for Rachel. Leah on the other hand, was giving Jacobs babies left and right, but was not being appreciated for it.

When Leah had the first baby she stated: “It is because the LORD has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.” Like many of us, see how her identity was attached in someone else other than God. She saw that child as the ticket to receive her husband’s love and appreciation.

For the second baby Leah stated: “Because the LORD heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.” She still was focusing on her husband’s lack of love for her.

Then she had a third one and Leah stated: Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Can you see the picture; Leah, like many of us is looking for love in all the wrong places. Many of us engage in the wrong relationships looking for love and acceptance and we quickly discover that no matter what we do or don’t do, we will always experience the rejection of men.

But then, she got pregnant again, but this time her language changed as she stated: “This time I will praise the LORD.” The story of Leah did not end here, but surely she gave us a great lesson to learn as she expressed her emotions in the naming of her children. Beloved, we must take an attitude of praise to our Lord because He is the only one that will never fail us and He is the only one that can truly satisfy our soul. Not that God does not have a good husband or wife for you, but we must be in love with the Lord first and praise Him in-spite of all the rejection, disappointment and pains of life.