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The Devil’s Devices
Pastors are like firefighters...always putting out little blazes here and there, sometimes big ones. And they are lit by the devil with his 'fiery darts.'
Satan is the great enemy of the Saint. In fact "Satan" means "adversary". The Bible refers to the devil by a number of names: "the anointed cherub" (Ezek. 28:14), "the ruler of demons" (Luke 11:15), "the ruler of this world" (John 16:11), "the god of this world" (2 Cor. 4:4), and "the prince of the power of the air" (Eph 2:2). He is identified as a great dragon, a roaring lion, the vile one, the tempter, and the accuser. He is formidable, cunning, and powerful.
Paul, writing to the Corinthian church, realized that Satan was working overtime in the church and emphasized that we are to be vigilant and alert to his subtlety. Satan’s advantage is based upon one being ignorant of his devices or his methods.
What are some of the devil’s devices: by which he seeks to deceive God’s children, defeat God’s church, destroy God’s work, and denigrate God’s Word?
…I’m glad you asked!
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
D. If Satan can he will try to get us to major on the minors and to minimize the things that are major.
Sounds crazy, right? Well, that’s how silly we look to God when we let such little things of this life take over our thinking when the big picture for us is golden!
G. Colossians 3:2 "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."
The Devil wants you to believe that things are worse than what they are and that you are the only one who cares.
B. Sometimes it is people that discourage us -
Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.
D. Sometimes it’s circumstances that discourage us - Numbers 21:4 "And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way."
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
G. If he can get your soul "under the weather," he wins. It is not really what we go through that matters, it is what we go under that breaks us. We can bear anything if only we are kept inwardly victorious. ...
“If God can make His birds to whistle in drenched and stormy darkness, if He can make His butterflies able to bear up under rain, what can He not do for the heart that trusts Him?” - Amy Carmichael in Learning of God.
F. There are no disappointments if your will is buried in the will of God. [surrender]
Distraction, discouragement, disappointment…
[Paul: in whatsoever state I am, to be content…even IL!]
Distraction, discouragement, disappointment, discontentment…
[How’s the state of your union?]
H. Philippians 1:27 "Only let your
conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and
see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast
in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;"
Distraction, discouragement, disappointment, discontentment, discord…
[Some have attitude of Hatfield’s / McCoy’s…don’t think it won’t affect eternity!]
1 Corinthians 12:25 "That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another."
The devil would like to isolate believers just like predators separate their prey from the herd thereby weakening it and easily killing and devouring it.
H. A German philosopher compared the human race to a bunch of porcupines huddling together on a cold winter’s night. He said, "The colder it gets outside, the more we huddle together for warmth; but the closer we get to one another, the more we hurt one another with our sharp quills. And in the lonely night of earth’s winter eventually we begin to drift apart and wander out on our own and freeze to death in our loneliness."
Christ has given us an alternative: to forbear / forgive each other for the pokes we receive. That allows us to stay together and stay warm.
Let God give you the victory over the devil’s devices!
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