In my last blog, I discussed our true enemies:
1-Our hearts- yes, believe it. Your imagination can be Satan’s playground. Combat it with Philippians 4:8-9!
2-The world we live in
3-Satan, or the Devil, has some major control in the world. He is our focus now.
The One who is in you (God) is greater than the world (Satan)– What encouraging verses for the believer. 1 John 4:4-6 says, You are from God and have overcome the false teachers, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us, but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
Satan the accuser– Colossians 1:22 Satan is our accuser before God, but Jesus’ death on the cross makes us without blemish and “free from accusation.” Satan is the Father of Lies (John 8:44). Satan literally asks God and Jesus if “he can sift people like wheat” (Luke 22:31, Job 1:1-12).
Satan’s work in the world SEVEN WAYS– 1) He caused man and woman to sin in Eden. 2) He tried to pollute Adam’s bloodline- Gen 6:1-4, Jude 7. 3) He led the rebellion at the tower of Babel- Gen. 11:1-9 4) He tempts us through many ways but especially deception. -see Job Chap 1 5) He tried to kill the entire Hebrew race while they were in Egypt 6) He tried to kill the Messiah (working through Herod to have all babies killed in Bethlehem) and finally 7) He tries to destroy the Church through persecution and false teaching.
Satan can bind people in illness– Luke 13:10-17 Jesus heals the woman who has been “crippled by a spirit for 18 years.” The synagogue ruler was more concerned with Jesus healing on the Sabbath. Jesus says, “Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”
This is not to say that all illness is caused by Satan. However, we know that Satan can damage our spirits mightily when we are sick. Let’s pray for deliverance from Satan when he has us bound in illness.
We are in a spiritual battle– Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Satan will work negatively in our hearts. He wants to rob you of any joy that you might have. Matthew 13:19 -“Satan snatches from the heart the words of the kingdom.”
Knowing Satan is understanding your enemy. Don’t be naïve!
Next blog, we will continue our discussion about Satan, and then move on to discuss the topic of SIN in more detail.