Unmasking the Ancient Ways of Satan Last Part


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”

VI. The Devil Knows When to Back Off for a Season

“Then the devil left him,”

Oh yes; the devil knows when to back-off and leave you alone for a little while; but keep fighting the good fight of faith; don’t drop your guard…the enemy will come back. We know that this struggle did not end here. Jesus and the devil still had another match at the cross of Calvary. In the desert, Jesus gave the devil a personal beat down for the sake of going through what was necessary to move up to the next step in His mission to save humanity. At the cross, Jesus sacrificed himself for the sake of mankind to be redeemed. At the cross, Jesus died for the salvation of the world (John 3:16). The enemy knows that it is hard for us to deny ourselves for the sake of others.

 

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)

The enemy knows the Word, so he is fully aware that we have a mandate by the Lord to carry an uncomfortable, heavy and painful cross. If he doesn’t get you with temptations, he will try to get you as you are carrying your God-given cross. That is why it is extremely important that we have a clear understanding of the reasons why we must go through afflictions. A shallow understanding of the reasons for afflictions will be used by the enemy to kill you before the cross, by filling your mind with all kinds of evil thoughts. You have so many people out there full of self-pity, still carrying the un-forgiveness and bitterness of many generations in their families. Christians, in the church, full of hate and entitled mentalities. Many of them are leaders, pastors, Bishops, etc.

 

America is still divided by the color of our skins even today. We have become a bitter society with the carrying of our crosses. So now we blame each other and we discriminate and feed the false prophets and civil right activists of our day. We rather preach division than forgiveness. We are still allowing the devil to ride in our emotions and continue his job of killing, stealing and destroying God’s people. For many, it does not matter how many times the other party repents; they will always see them as racist. For the other side, it does not matter how the other party has grown in all aspects, they will always look at them as one third of a human. Help us Jesus!

 

All the more, Satan stands right behind all this mess as the filthy liar that he is, laughing and carrying on what he loves to do, as we stand as a divided people. The devil continues to expand the darkness of his kingdom by the continual effectiveness of his ancient ways. But beloved, the God of heaven is exposing the enemy’s lies and preparing God’s people for a great victory like none other in the history of humanity. We are the winning team and just as the children of Israel battled Giants under God’s anointing, God is raising up an army of holy people that will give hell to the devil and cause him to flee from us. Devil, I am coming against you in the name of the Lord! You may be able to see in the dark, but you can’t see in the light. The lights are about to be turned on you, ancient snake, to expose your filthiness and your true condition. Your ancient ways are now exposed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unmasking the Ancient Ways of Satan Part 7


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”

V. The Devil Will Always Offer us a Glimpse of Deception in our Destiny.

“All this I will give you,’ he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.”

 

Make no mistake about it; Satan is the god of this world. Jesus did not argue with him over that. Everything that the world has to offer; when you look deeper into it, has a demonic root. Even for things that appear to be good; Satan wants to make sure that God does not get the glory.

 

My heart goes out for the many famous singers, athletes, political personalities, actors, etc. who have literally given their souls to the devil in exchange for fame. At the end of the day, we must remember that every demonic pleasure is temporary; the devil has a very clear job description; according to John 10:10, he comes “to kill, still and destroy.” Whatever business you do with the devil will cost you dearly. The devil is a great psychologist; he can’t read your mind, but he studies your behavior and what you talk about to determine your selfish and un-holy desires. In our anxiousness to get what we want, he tricks us by giving us a glimpse of those deep wants in our heart. It’s the young beautiful singer who gives her body in exchange for that record deal; or the young man who agreed to get involved in homosexual favors to get that role that he so much desired. Or the one that takes this or that drug so that he can perform better: Act better, sing better, hit the ball the hardest, run the fastest, etc. The devil knows exactly how to ride in our ambition and take us into a very demonic path. Many have given their lives and were never able to come out of that mess. For some, by the time they figured out, it was too late. It is all a glimpse of deception!

 

I want to challenge you to study the life of a very demonic man who Satan used and even after this man’s death, continues to use today. His name is Aleister Crowley You will discover that this man is behind the fame of many people in Hollywood; that is including Michael Jackson.  Prophet G. Craig Lewis has been used by God powerfully in exposing this form of attack from the enemy.

 

Let’s take a look at Jesus’ answer to this form of attack: “Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” We must understand that we are called to worship and serve God and God alone. It does not matter what you do for a living…your worship and service belongs to God. So we don’t give our soul to the devil by falling in his trap. If we fall in this temptation, we will find ourselves worshipping and serving the devil himself. I invite you to Google what G. Craig Lewis has to say about Michael Jackson; it will truly open your eyes and bless you and your family!

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

 

 

 

 

Unmasking the Ancient Ways of Satan Part 6


1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be temptedby 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”

IV. The Devil Will Always Attack Those Areas in our Life that our Flesh Desires the Most

…tell these stones to become bread.”

In Jesus’ case, after forty days of fasting, he was beyond starving. Satan new that, so he continued his plan by tempting him with something that Jesus obviously wanted; FOOD! Jesus has the ability not only to turn stones to bread, but also to build a buffet restaurant of any kind. Satan will always attack us in those areas where our flesh is crying out. For some, it may be anger, for others it may be pornography, still others it may be coveting, etc. James 1:13-15 puts it this way:

13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”

There was really nothing in Jesus for Satan to grab on to, other than the fact that Jesus wanted to eat. However, it was a little crack in the door for Satan to try to come in. Just like he does with us, all Satan needs is that crack in the door, that little opening in the window to invite himself in.

The devil is not going to tempt us with things we don’t like, but he is an expert in knowing those un-holy secret desires that are rooted in our hearts. He hears us talking about it; he sees the way we behave and he plans his attack well. Satan knows how to attack us individually with exactly what is needed for us to fall. Do you know what your area of weakness is? Do you know which one of your five basic needs is not being fulfilled in your life? Is it love? Is it Power and Control? Is it Fun? Is it freedom? Or perhaps even your survival needs are not being fulfilled (Food, water and shelter). Guard yourself; those are the areas where the Devil will come to attack you!

TO BE CONTINUED…

Unmasking the Ancient Ways of Satan Part 5


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”

III.           The Devil Will Attack Our Identity

If you are the Son of God,”

 

The Devil knew exactly who Jesus was; no doubt in my mind that back in the days when he was Lucifer, he knew Jesus, personally. However, as the Devil makes his entrance to officially start his attacks and temptations, he attempts to place doubt in Jesus’ mind concerning the Lord’s identity as the Son of God. But, do you guys remember what the Father told Jesus after Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist? In Matthew 3:16-17 we read:

 

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

See, it was necessary for this event to take place as Jesus was entering the desert. We, the people of God, must, without any doubt, be convinced that we are children of God and that He loves us. With these assurance in mind, Jesus entered the desert and was prepared to face-up not only this, but all of the temptations that Satan threw at Him. Many of us are walking around not knowing who we are in Christ and the devil is constantly attacking us and having a field-day with our emotions. Many of us are so full of insecurities that our faith is unable to shine through. Arise people of God, we are God’s children…let nobody and no circumstances that you may be facing take your identity in Christ away. Yes, you have issues, just like me, but that is between you and your Father…Your flesh will never voluntarily submit to God’s will, but in the inside of you there is an “Inner Most Man” that is always willing and that is the one that truly loves God; that is the New Creation in you and in me. Your identity is not in what you have or in what you don’t, but in Christ Jesus our Lord. The Devil is a liar!

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Our Past Get on the Way of Our Destiny


January 14, 2011

“ 9 Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, LORD, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’ 10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps. 11 Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children.” (Genesis 32:9-11) NIV

Jacob was such a key man in God’s plan. Out of Jacob, later known as Israel; came the Twelve Tribes of Israel. However Jacob had an enemy that hated him, his brother Esau. Jacob tricked Esau twice and in the process, Jacob ended-up not only with Esau’s birthrights, but also with his father’s special blessing. After spending twenty years serving his father-in-law, Laban; a mirror image of his personality; it was time for Jacob to move on in pursuit of his destiny; but there was a problem, a big problem. Esau made a promise to kill him and was, indeed waiting for him with four hundred men to do so. Jacob found himself in a tough situation; a situation that many of us find ourselves in many times. We want to move forward, but our past is getting in the way of our destiny.

This story is fascinating and filled with many lessons. Jacob, even as he was afraid, continued his journey. He humbled himself before his brother; he did more than just saying: “I am sorry;” Jacob made an enormous effort to make things right by giving his brother great gifts. However, we must also remember two things: Jacob was in the center of God’s will and He wrestled with God for God to bless Him. We must go after God in this and all situations; God is able to change circumstances and people for our benefit. Esau and Jacob finally saw each other face-to-face. By the time they did, Esau’s heart was totally changed; they hugged, cried, made peace and went their separate ways. When our past gets in the way of our destiny…follow Jacob’s story and trust the Lord!