Participants: Sandy Smith (Host)
Series Code: FC
Program Code: FC000298
00:30 Welcome to Faith Chapel, my name is Sandy Smith;
00:34 I'm the Founder and Speaking Director
00:37 for Layman For a Finish Work.
00:39 At the present time I am also the
00:41 Recreational Director for Atlantic
00:44 Union college in Lancaster, Massachusetts.
00:47 What an honor to be a spokesman for God,
00:50 yet what a humbling experience.
00:54 People worldwide are scratching their heads
00:58 and wondering what's going on in this world,
01:02 they're saying all types of events taking place.
01:06 I know, when I left North Carolina
01:08 and moved to Boston, the Boston area
01:13 I was told that you will experience
01:15 some of the worst weather in your life.
01:19 But yet the past winter was not really
01:22 a bad winter at all, I was told that it was the
01:26 warmest winter in 32 years, strange signs.
01:32 Many are thinking that these signs perhaps
01:35 are the signal of a stupendous event
01:39 that will take place in the world very soon.
01:43 My sermon today is entitled Satan's greatest fear
01:47 which will deal with some of these concerns,
01:50 but let us pause for prayer.
01:54 Holy Spirit, we thank you for this opportunity,
01:57 we ask that you might manifest
01:58 yourself here in Jesus name, Amen.
02:04 God's owns mankind twice, once physically every man,
02:11 woman, boy, girl born in this world was born
02:18 by the loving hands of a loving creator.
02:23 But then they are those who have experienced
02:27 a second birth that is they have accepted Jesus Christ
02:34 as their Lord and Savior and they have experienced
02:38 recreation or the rebirth or redemption.
02:41 They are born again, please turn with me
02:45 in your Bibles to Second Peter the first chapter
02:51 and we will read together verses 3 and 4
02:56 "According as His divine power hath given unto us
02:59 all things that pertain unto life and godliness,
03:04 through the knowledge of Him that hath
03:06 called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given
03:10 unto us exceeding great and precious promises;
03:13 that by these ye might be partakers of the
03:17 divine nature, having escaped the corruption
03:20 that is in the world through lust."
03:24 God is the King of the universe
03:27 He is the Spiritual sojourn of Heaven and earth,
03:32 He owns everything, the gold, the silver,
03:33 the diamonds, the rubies, the oil,
03:35 at the cattle upon a thousand hills.
03:38 As the Spiritual sojourn that means that He looks out
03:44 for His subjects, He defends His subjects.
03:50 And in turn His subjects defend Him
03:52 and they look out for Him,
03:55 where atheists or Christian,
03:57 all owe their existence to God,
04:02 if we have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior
04:05 then we share His commonwealth
04:09 and belong to God's commonwealth.
04:13 If we have completely surrendered our wills to God,
04:17 He makes himself completely responsible
04:20 for our every need protection and guidance.
04:24 Please turn with me in your Bibles to Philippians
04:28 the 4th chapter and begin reading at verse 13:
04:35 I can do all things through Christ
04:38 which strengtheneth me. And then verse 19:
04:45 But my God shall supply all your needs according
04:49 to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
04:54 Satan is trying his best to thwart God's plan for us.
04:59 Please turn with me to First Peter
05:02 the 5th chapter verse 8 as we verify this,
05:08 the Bible says: Be sober, be vigilant;
05:11 because you are adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
05:16 walketh about seeking whom He may devour.
05:22 God has limited Satan's powers,
05:28 Satan does not have unlimited power
05:30 when it comes to human beings if he did,
05:32 he would totally overwhelm us.
05:35 I would like to think of Satan in comparison
05:39 to God as a lion in the zoo,
05:43 now I've been to the San Diego Zoo which is
05:45 reputed to be the number one zoo in the country.
05:48 And I want you to picture a lion at the zoo
05:53 in his steel cage and as you stand gazing at him
05:58 behind the fence and he's in there
06:03 on a short leash or chain.
06:05 His teeth have been, have been extracted
06:09 and his claws removed and so with God and Satan
06:16 God has limited him whereby he cannot do
06:20 what he wants with us.
06:22 Just as the lion could not get to you
06:25 unless you jump the fence, open his cage
06:28 and went in and laid down before him.
06:30 So, Satan cannot harm you, but I remember once being
06:34 at a zoo and when it came time to feeding the lion,
06:39 he had such a furious roar, roar that it scared
06:43 the people in there so does Satan.
06:45 He has a very loud roar that causes you to fear him,
06:51 we have nothing to fear but fear itself.
06:54 I ask you the question, why is there hatred and racism
07:00 and prejudices and divorce and pain and suffering,
07:04 death, earthquakes, volcanoes,
07:08 hurricanes, wars and terrorism.
07:11 What about mental illnesses and Alzheimer's disease,
07:15 cancer, where did it all start.
07:18 You ask me preacher,
07:22 if the God you serve is a God of love,
07:24 then why does he allow such things to happen,
07:27 such as divorce and prejudices
07:29 and earthquakes and suffering and pain.
07:32 Why doesn't he put an end to these things you say,
07:36 maybe he is responsible for them?
07:39 These are relevant questions
07:40 that deserve relevant answers.
07:44 Let me take you on a journey that will explain
07:47 this dilemma, eons and eons ago before there were
07:53 any human beings or any beings in the universe,
07:56 the trinity lived or existed out in space somewhere
08:01 and because of their magnanimous love
08:03 they decided to create beings
08:05 that they could have a reciprocal relationship with,
08:08 that is beings that they could love
08:11 and who would love them in turn.
08:14 And they created the angels first
08:18 and other worlds came into existence,
08:23 these beings did not have Ten Commandments.
08:27 They didn't have written laws on stones
08:30 or notebooks or pages, but God wrote
08:34 these laws in their beings,
08:37 in their hearts, they were all happy.
08:40 Everybody lived in total bliss,
08:44 then there was the one angel who was believed to
08:47 be the first created being in the universe,
08:50 whose name was Lucifer.
08:52 Lucifer was the choir director, he was brilliant.
08:58 He was the covering cherub before God's
09:00 throne and that's why his name Lucifer means the,
09:05 the shinning one, the bright one,
09:07 the anointed one, the morning star,
09:09 because he stood with outstretched arms
09:12 right in front of the throne of God
09:14 and all of the brilliance of God shown on him.
09:19 To be in the presence of God is,
09:21 is beyond words unapproachable light,
09:25 but after perhaps eons and eons, we don't know,
09:31 a strange thing happened in Heaven.
09:34 Lucifer thou having this exalted position
09:40 somehow became jealous of Jesus God's son
09:46 and Lucifer began spreading falsehoods about Jesus.
09:51 You know how it goes, mystery loves company.
09:55 He started saying things about Christ that was,
09:58 there were not true.
10:00 He started just laying little seeds of doubt
10:03 in the angels' minds concerning Jesus Christ,
10:07 Jesus bore with Satan
10:09 for a long time not confronting him.
10:12 But then after a long period of time,
10:15 Jesus patience even wore thin
10:19 and he called Lucifer aside and said to him,
10:22 Lucifer, I realize what you're doing,
10:24 I've been watching you the whole time.
10:27 And you have been spreading falsehoods
10:30 concerning me and I'm asking that you repent,
10:33 we love you Lucifer and we want you
10:36 to remain the covering cherub,
10:38 but we just want you to be truthful.
10:40 But Lucifer refused to repent
10:44 and then the God head allowed Lucifer
10:47 to maintain his present position
10:50 as the covering cherub.
10:52 And after a longer period of time then God the Father
10:57 summons all of the angels to His throne
11:01 and He explained to the angels
11:05 that Jesus was not like them,
11:07 even though He was among them
11:10 and He appeared to be a created angel,
11:13 He was their creator.
11:15 And that He was as much God as the Father,
11:20 and Lucifer again refuse to repent,
11:24 He refused to accept the council of Jesus
11:28 and He also refused to accept
11:30 the council of God the Father.
11:34 This is a mystery, how can a perfect being,
11:39 living in a perfect environment
11:42 with the perfect God,
11:43 with perfect angels commit iniquity,
11:48 who did he copy it from? Where did he see it?
11:51 It's called the mystery of iniquity,
11:53 the mystery of sin.
11:56 Please turn with me in your Bibles
11:57 to Revelation the 12th chapter
12:02 and we want to read verses
12:06 7 through 9 and the Bible says:
12:11 "And there was war in heaven:
12:13 Michael and his angels fought against the dragon;
12:16 and the dragon fought and his angels.
12:20 And prevailed not; neither was their place
12:23 found any more in heaven.
12:25 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent,
12:29 called the Devil, and Satan,
12:31 which deceiveth the whole world:
12:35 he was cast out into the earth,
12:37 and his angels were cast out with him.
12:40 And then verse 4, the same chapter, the Bible says:
12:46 And his tail drew the third part
12:49 of the stars of heaven,
12:52 and did cast them to the earth:
12:54 and the dragon stood before the woman
12:56 who was ready to be delivered,
12:58 for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
13:02 Lucifer's name was changed to Satan,
13:06 he was no longer called the shining one,
13:09 the anointed one, the brilliant one
13:11 but he was called Satan which means
13:12 the adversary, the enemy of God.
13:15 He and one third of his angels
13:18 were booted out of Heaven by Jesus
13:21 and His two third of the Holy Angels.
13:24 Satan and His cohorts are forever banned from Heaven
13:27 and the other worlds and they are now occupying
13:31 planet earth where you and I live
13:34 and where they have brought their evil
13:38 machinations and their schemes and temptations.
13:43 Adam and Eve were created
13:46 and they lived in the beautiful Garden of Eden,
13:49 most people think that the Garden of Eden
13:50 might have been just a small area,
13:52 it could have been miles we don't know.
13:57 But they were placed in the Garden of Eden
13:58 and they were told to be on guard for Satan,
14:01 the Father and Son visited Adam and Eve
14:05 in the cool of the evenings, the Mediterranean breeze
14:10 blowing they were happy all of their needs were met,
14:13 there was nothing that they stood in need of.
14:18 The Bible says that they were naked,
14:20 but they didn't know that they were naked
14:22 because they were covered with a light,
14:26 beautiful light of God, the righteousness of Christ.
14:30 They were given conditional eternal life
14:34 and placed on probation that is if they pass
14:38 the mild test that God setup for them
14:42 and placing the tree of life in the middle
14:45 of the garden which if they partook
14:47 of they would continue to have eternal life,
14:50 but then there was the tree of the,
14:52 the knowledge of good and evil.
14:54 God, specifically told them that on the day
14:56 that they ate from that tree,
14:58 they would surely die,
15:01 but if they could pass this test and they would
15:03 receive unconditional eternal life and live forever.
15:07 Please turn with me in your Bibles to Genesis
15:11 the third chapter and we want to begin
15:14 reading at verse 19, no that's verses 1 through 19
15:21 excuse me, the Bible says very plainly:
15:24 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast
15:28 of the field which the Lord God had made:
15:30 and he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said,
15:34 Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
15:37 And the woman said unto the serpent,
15:40 We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden,
15:43 but of the fruit of the tree
15:44 which is in the midst of the garden,
15:46 God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it,
15:50 neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
15:53 And the serpent said unto the woman,
15:56 Ye shall not surely die, for God doth know,
15:59 that in the day ye eat thereof,
16:01 then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall
16:05 be as Gods, knowing good and evil.
16:08 And when the woman saw
16:09 that the tree was good for food,
16:11 and that it was pleasant to the eyes,
16:14 and a treat to be desired to make one wise;
16:17 she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat,
16:20 and gave also unto her husband
16:22 with her, and he did eat.
16:25 And the eyes of them both were opened,
16:27 and they knew that they were naked:
16:30 and they sewed fig-leaves together,
16:33 and made themselves aprons.
16:36 And they heard the voice of the Lord God
16:38 walking in the garden in the cool of the day,
16:42 and Adam and his wife hid themselves
16:45 from the presence of the Lord God
16:48 amongst the trees of the garden.
16:50 And the Lord called unto Adam,
16:52 and said unto him, Where art thou?
16:55 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden:
16:58 and I was afraid, because I was naked;
17:01 and I hid myself. And he said,
17:03 Who told thee that thou wast naked?
17:08 Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded
17:12 thee that thou shouldest not eat?
17:14 And the man said, The woman, whom thou
17:17 gaveth to me, to be with me,
17:20 she gave me of the tree and I did eat.
17:23 And the Lord said unto the woman,
17:25 What is this that thou hast done?
17:29 And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me,
17:32 and I did eat. And the Lord said unto the serpent,
17:36 Because thou hast done this,
17:39 thou art cursed above all cattle,
17:42 and above all beast of the field,
17:44 upon thy belly shalt thou go,
17:47 and thus shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
17:51 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman,
17:55 and between thy seed and her seed,
17:57 it shall bruise thy head,
17:59 and thou shalt bruise his heel.
18:02 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly
18:05 multiply thy sorrow and thy conception;
18:08 in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children:
18:11 and thy desire shall be to thy husband,
18:14 and he shall rule over thee.
18:16 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast
18:20 hearkened unto the voice of thy wife,
18:22 and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee,
18:25 saying, Thou shalt not eat, eat it,
18:33 cursed is the ground for thy sake,
18:34 in sorrow shalt thou eat of it
18:35 all the days of thy life;
18:36 thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee;
18:40 and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
18:43 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread,
18:46 till thou return unto the ground;
18:49 for out of it was thou taken, for dust thou art,
18:55 and unto dust shalt thou return.
18:58 Satan had deceived one third of the ones
19:02 Holy Angels in Heaven and now he moved his program
19:06 to earth with Adam and Eve and he caused them to fall,
19:12 they took his lie and accepted it as the truth.
19:17 They believed Satan over God,
19:19 now all communication between God the Father
19:24 and Adam and Eve would be ended,
19:28 all communication now would be
19:31 through His son Jesus Christ.
19:34 This is what we mean when we think of the dream
19:38 that Jacob had in the book of Genesis where he saw
19:42 a ladder that reached into Heaven
19:44 and rested on the earth.
19:47 This was to illustrate that the communication
19:49 between God and man would be through Jesus
19:53 who represented that ladder and so we find
19:57 that sin is not something to be trifled with,
20:01 it's serious. Satan's main objective is to cut off
20:05 mankind's communication with God,
20:08 how does he accomplish this?
20:11 By enticing people to accept
20:14 his thoughts, ideas, and suggestions.
20:18 Let me repeat that again, by enticing people
20:21 to accept his thoughts, ideas and suggestions
20:25 that he sends to cause them to be
20:28 confused, discouraged and hopeless.
20:31 Every created being whether in Heaven
20:34 or in other worlds or human beings on this earth
20:37 must decide who they will give their
20:40 allegiance to or who they will obey?
20:44 And I'm sure they are those listening who would say
20:46 well that's an easy question to answer.
20:49 Of course, I'm going to give my allegiance to God,
20:52 but if we are going to accept God
20:56 it has to be on a volunteer basis.
20:59 God will not force, he will not pressure,
21:01 he will not used deception or lies or pressure
21:05 to cause people to worship Him or accept Him.
21:09 But on the under hand, Satan uses any method
21:13 as possible, he will lie, he will cheat,
21:17 he will twist the truth, anything he can
21:20 to cause people to follow him.
21:22 Satan's greatest fear is that you and I
21:27 will wake up and smell the roses and realize that
21:31 he is a liar and the father of lies,
21:35 that he is out to destroy us.
21:37 And that Jesus is our only hope,
21:39 this he wants to keep away from you,
21:42 Satan is fully aware that Jesus is stronger than him.
21:45 That he can't defeat Jesus,
21:48 when I think of Jesus versus Satan it's like
21:51 thinking of an elephant and an ant.
21:54 There is no comparison, if we obey and trust Jesus,
22:00 this devil cannot defeat us, it's an impossibility.
22:05 Satan's only chance of success is to cut off
22:09 our communication with Heaven,
22:12 by encouraging people to stop praying,
22:16 to stop studying and to stop witnessing
22:21 and to have half heartedly due to three.
22:24 They don't have to stop all together,
22:27 all Satan wants you to do is to cut it,
22:32 I can remember being unemployed not too long ago.
22:38 And it was one of the worst experiences
22:41 that my wife and I and family ever had.
22:44 I can remember working on the East coast
22:46 at a college as a Athletic Director
22:49 and upon being employed at this college
22:54 the situation was a very challenging one.
22:56 And after three years the Lord really blessed me
23:00 to turn the program around, but because of some
23:04 unfortunate decisions my job was eliminated.
23:09 And so my family and I returned from the
23:13 Washington DC area and we returned to North Carolina
23:18 where I had just unemployment benefits
23:21 and severance pay and it wasn't long
23:24 before all of that was gone.
23:26 And now the devil was really going to work on me
23:29 with his thoughts and ideas and suggestions.
23:31 I thought well maybe I'm not praying enough,
23:34 maybe God is punishing me for our past sins
23:39 but then I remembered the Bible verse that says:
23:42 "If we confess our sins, God is faithful
23:44 and just to forgive us from our sins,
23:46 and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
23:49 And after fifteen months of putting in over
23:51 three hundred applications and or resumes
23:55 I came back with zero results.
23:57 Now we were out of money,
24:00 we're not sure what we would do.
24:03 Satan was trying his best to cut us off
24:07 from God but we refused, we prayed and God
24:10 blessed me with a job at Atlantic Union College
24:13 whereby I received the same job, a better pay,
24:16 more responsibility and I'm very happy
24:21 and so for those of you listening,
24:23 the devil is going to attack,
24:25 believe me he will attack.
24:27 But you must trust God regardless
24:30 even if it appears that God has deserted you,
24:32 abandoned you, you must hold
24:35 on to the unchanging hand of God.
24:38 There was an African that I'm told
24:41 who was in prison because of his faith
24:44 and he was going to be executed because he
24:49 refuses to recant and to give up his faith.
24:53 And when he was executed this is the note
24:56 that was found at the spot where he laid.
25:01 It's called The Fellowship of the Unashamed,
25:04 he starts by saying:
25:06 I'm a part of the fellowship of the unashamed.
25:08 I have the Holy Ghost Power.
25:11 The dye has been set. I have stepped over the line.
25:16 The decision has been made. I am a disciple of His.
25:20 I won't look back, let up, slow down,
25:22 and back away for my past is redeemed,
25:24 my present makes sense, and my future is secure.
25:28 I am finished and done with low living,
25:31 sight walking, small planning, smooth knees,
25:34 colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking,
25:38 chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals.
25:40 I no longer need preeminence, prosperity,
25:43 position, promotions, power or popularity.
25:48 I don't have to be right, first, tops,
25:52 recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded.
25:55 My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven,
25:58 my road is narrow, my way is rough,
26:01 my companions few, my guide is reliable,
26:05 my mission I cannot be bought,
26:07 compromised, deterred, lured away,
26:09 turned back, diluted, or delayed.
26:12 I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice,
26:14 hesitate in the presence of adversity,
26:16 negotiate at the table of the enemy,
26:18 ponder at the pool of popularity,
26:21 or meander at the maze of mediocrity.
26:24 I won't give up, shut up, let up, slow up,
26:27 until I've lifted him up, prayed him up, paid up,
26:30 stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ.
26:33 I am a disciple of Christ.
26:36 I must fight while there is time, give until I drop,
26:39 share all I all know, and serve till He comes.
26:42 And when He does come to get His own,
26:44 He will have no problem recognizing me.
26:47 Recognizing my colors, because they will be clear.
26:50 And so as we end this broadcast my admission
26:54 to those who are listening and those who might
26:58 be going through problems at the point of giving up
27:02 and in despair trust God no matter what comes.
27:07 Trust God because God would empty all of Heaven
27:12 to come to your rescue before He would allow
27:14 Satan to defeat you, let us pray.
27:18 Father in Heaven, we thank you
27:20 so much for this sermon,
27:23 we thank you so much for your love,
27:25 we know that Satan's greatest fear is that
27:29 we will wake up and realize that
27:31 you don't send these calamities
27:33 and these problems, but he does,
27:34 we love you and thank you, in Jesus name, Amen.
27:38 We thank you for listening today
27:43 and we ask that you will tune in again,
27:45 may God continue to bless you as you trust Him
27:49 and as you continue to know that He will save you.