Participants: Sandy Smith (Host)
Series Code: FC
Program Code: FC000300
00:30 Welcome to Faith Chapel, my name is
00:32 Sandy Smith. I am the Founder and Speaking
00:35 Director for Laymen For a Finished Work.
00:38 I'm also the Recreation Director
00:40 for Atlantic Union College in South
00:43 Lancaster, Massachusetts. Have you ever pondered
00:47 while our life has so many decisions and
00:50 choices to make. Why can't life be simple?
00:56 Why do we have all of these decisions to
00:58 make? My sermon today "Satan's Snares"
01:04 may help you with this dilemma. Let us pray.
01:07 Father, we pray that You might manifest
01:10 Yourself here, this day, in Jesus name, Amen.
01:17 Satan cleverly has caused people to think
01:24 that he is a fictitious character make
01:28 believe, he loves it when people picture
01:31 him as a demon with two horns and a pitchfork.
01:37 He relished at the fact that people think that
01:42 he is make believe. Satan knows that it
01:46 will be easier to deceive and defeat unaware,
01:51 unsuspecting and unguarded people if
01:54 they think that he is a figment
01:56 of their imagination. Please turn with me in
02:00 your Bibles to Second Corinthians the 11
02:05 chapter and we will begin reading at verse 13,
02:10 the Bible says, for such are false apostles,
02:15 deceitful workers, transforming
02:18 themselves into the apostles of Christ.
02:21 And no marvel; for Satan himself is
02:24 transformed into an angel of light.
02:28 Therefore it is no great thing if his
02:30 ministers also be transformed as the
02:34 ministers of righteousness whose end shall be
02:37 according to their works. The Bible tells us very
02:42 clearly that Satan himself is transformed
02:45 into an angel of light. Satan comes in many
02:49 forms and disguises. He is the master disguiser.
02:54 People have seen Satan in person.
02:57 I can remember listening to a well
02:59 known Pastor telling a story of some church
03:02 going people who were at a night club
03:04 and knowing that they were in the wrong
03:06 place and they became intoxicated
03:09 with alcohol and as they looked out in that
03:12 nightclub and all the people dancing to
03:16 their horror they saw demons in this
03:21 nightclub that scared them nearly to death
03:24 and that was enough to convinced them to
03:26 stop that lifestyle and to know that Satan is real.
03:30 The Bible says that not only will Satan
03:33 transform himself into an angel of light but
03:37 those whom he works through will also
03:39 appear to be good Christian men and
03:42 women but in disguise they are demons,
03:46 human beings being used and
03:48 manipulated by himself. The Bible offers
03:52 much proof that Satan is real and alive on
03:57 planet earth. Please turn your Bibles
04:01 to Job, the first chapter and the Bible
04:08 says, now there was a day when the sons of
04:11 God came to present themselves before the
04:14 Lord, and Satan came also among them.
04:17 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou?
04:21 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said,
04:24 From going to and fro in the earth, and from
04:26 walking up and down in it. And the Lord said
04:29 unto Satan, Has thou considered my servant
04:32 job, that there is none like him in the earth,
04:35 a perfect and an upright man, one that
04:38 feareth God and escheweth evil?
04:41 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said,
04:44 Doth Job fear God for nought?
04:48 Then we turn again in our Bibles to Isaiah
04:51 the 14th chapter beginning at verse 12
04:55 and the Bible says very clearly,
04:57 How art thou fallen from heaven,
04:59 O Lucifer, son of the morning!
05:02 How art thou cut down to the ground,
05:04 which did weaken the nations.
05:06 For thou has said in thine heart,
05:09 I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt
05:12 my throne above the stars of God:
05:14 I will sit also upon the mount of the
05:16 congregation, in the sides of the north,
05:19 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
05:22 I will be like the most High.
05:24 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell,
05:27 to the sides of the pit. They that see thee
05:31 shall narrowly look upon thee and
05:33 consider thee saying, Is this the man that
05:37 made the earth to tremble, that did
05:40 shake kingdoms; That made the world
05:42 as a wilderness, and destroyed
05:44 the cities thereof; that opened not the
05:49 house his prisoners? And then we turn to
05:53 Ezekiel the 28th chapter and the Bible says,
06:00 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto
06:03 me saying, Son of man, take up a
06:07 lamentation upon the King of Tyrus and say
06:10 unto him, Thus saith the Lord God;
06:14 Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom,
06:18 and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in
06:21 Eden the garden of God; every precious stone
06:24 was thy covering, the sardius, topaz,
06:27 and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx,
06:30 and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald,
06:33 and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship
06:37 of tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in
06:41 thee in the day that thou was created.
06:45 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth;
06:49 and I have set thee so, thou wast upon the
06:51 holy mountain of God; thou hast
06:54 walked up and down in the midst of the
06:56 stones of fire. Thou wast perfect
06:59 in thy ways from the day that thou wast
07:02 created, till iniquity was found in thee.
07:05 By the multitude of thy merchandise they
07:08 have filled the midst of thee with violence,
07:12 and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast
07:15 thee as a profane out of the mountain of God:
07:20 and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub,
07:23 from the midst of the stones of fire.
07:27 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty,
07:30 thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by a reason,
07:32 by a reason of thy brightness, I will cast
07:35 thee to the ground, I will lay thee before
07:38 Kings, that they may behold thee.
07:41 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the
07:44 multitude of thine iniquities, by the
07:47 iniquity of thy traffic; therefore I will bring
07:50 forth a fire from the midst of thee,
07:53 it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee
07:55 to ashes upon the earth in the sight of
07:58 them that behold thee. All they that know
08:02 thee among the people shall be
08:04 astonished at thee. Thou shalt be a terror,
08:08 and never shalt thou be any more.
08:11 Satan is believed to have been the first
08:14 created being in the universe.
08:18 He was created a happy, exalted,
08:22 majestic, intelligent being by God.
08:26 He was the choir director of the angelic host.
08:30 He stood in the very presence of God as
08:33 the covering cherub. He was there before
08:37 the throne of God. The angels adored
08:40 and honored Satan. He was their hero.
08:45 Spiritual beings don't live in time but they
08:49 live in eternity which has no beginning or ending.
08:54 Time unfortunately is an interruption of eternity.
09:00 The time that we have here on earth is an
09:02 interruption of the eternal time of God.
09:06 And when this life shall be ended and
09:08 God shall make all things new, time shall
09:11 be no more, and we will return to eternity.
09:15 Satan's name which means light-bearer,
09:19 the shiny one, the morning star tells the
09:23 exalted about the exalted being he was
09:26 in the beginning. Heaven is a place of
09:29 endless peace, of happiness.
09:33 Sin cannot dwell there because the presence
09:35 of God is there. Sin cannot dwell where
09:40 our Holy God exists, and where he lives.
09:44 A mystery occurred in heaven, Lucifer for
09:50 unknown reasons became jealous of
09:52 Jesus, and began to spread lies concerning
09:55 Jesus that He was unfair, that He was a
09:59 dictator, and as reality Lucifer coveted
10:04 Jesus position. Please turn with me
10:07 in your Bibles to Ephesians the 6th
10:11 chapter and we will begin reading at verse 10,
10:16 and the Bible says, Finally, my brethren,
10:19 be strong in the Lord, and in the power of
10:22 his might. Put on the whole armor of God,
10:25 that ye may be able to stand against the
10:27 wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not
10:31 against flesh and blood, but against
10:33 principalities, against powers, against the
10:36 rulers of the darkness of this world, against
10:38 spiritual wickedness in high places.
10:44 We must realize my brother and sister that
10:47 the devil is real, the devil is all over this
10:51 world with his evil imps creating havoc
10:54 and violence. Often when I go to a funeral
10:59 and I see the widow and the family at
11:03 church and it comes time to row the coffin
11:08 out of the church and you see the wife
11:12 draped over the casket and you see her sobbing.
11:17 This is when I realized that God is
11:20 not responsible for the death of her husband
11:24 or the death of our loved ones but it's Satan,
11:27 Satan is responsible for all deaths because
11:30 he is the originator of sin.
11:32 Satan is responsible for all wars and for violence.
11:36 He's responsible for racism and prejudice.
11:39 He is respect, he is responsible for
11:42 shootings and murders.
11:44 Satan is the originator of sin.
11:49 Satan realizes that his time to trick and
11:54 deceive and to tempt people is almost ended.
11:59 Satan dreads his future because he
12:02 knows what's coming. In fact, the Bible tells
12:05 us what's coming for Satan and his evil
12:07 imps, and unfortunately for all of human beings
12:10 who have decided to take and believe his
12:13 lives and to follow him. In Revelation the 20th
12:17 chapter and beginning at verse 7,
12:22 And the Bible says, And when the
12:25 thousand years are expired, Satan shall
12:28 be loose out of his prison,
12:30 And shall go out to deceive the nations
12:33 which are in the four corners of the earth,
12:35 Gog and Magog, to gather them together
12:39 to battle, the number of whom is as the
12:42 sand of the sea. And they went up on
12:44 the breath of the earth, and compassed
12:46 the camp of the saints about, and the
12:48 beloved city. And fire came down from
12:52 God out of heaven and devoured them.
12:55 And the devil that deceived them was
12:57 cast into the lake of fire and brimstone,
13:01 where the beast and the false prophet are,
13:05 and shall be tormented day
13:07 and night forever and ever.
13:11 My friend, the Bible tells us that the devil
13:14 has a day coming. When God is going to
13:17 give the devil the devil, even though
13:20 right now it appears that Satan is winning
13:22 in this war of good and evil, his time and
13:27 his number is, his days are numbered.
13:30 Satan knows that his time is very short.
13:34 God is going to repay him for all of the
13:36 havoc and the evil and the sinned that he has
13:39 caused in this world. You need to understand
13:42 that Satan walks around with his imps,
13:46 24x7 tempting people to sin and so when
13:51 unaware human begins sin even though
13:54 they're responsible for sinning because we
13:56 have to make a choice but Satan is going to
13:59 have to be punished for these sins that he
14:01 has tempted people to commit, and so
14:05 Satan's day is coming where the Bible says
14:08 that he along with his imps and those who
14:10 have chosen to follow him are going to be
14:13 burnt up in the lake of fire.
14:16 Satan has an organized, detailed
14:19 and strategic plan to defeat God and to
14:23 cause 6 billion people on this earth to miss
14:27 out on eternal life. Just think about it.
14:32 Satan has been in heaven with God,
14:35 he knows what is there, he knows the
14:38 beauty that exists in heaven, he once
14:41 experienced the peace and the tranquility
14:45 and it is his greatest desire to make sure
14:48 that you and I don't get a chance to
14:50 experience what heaven is like.
14:53 And most important he does not want you
14:56 to exist in the presence of a holy and loving
14:59 and kind and merciful God. One who is love and
15:03 so he is working overtime to make sure
15:06 that you do not get a chance
15:08 to experience heaven. And so his strategy is
15:13 to cut off people from communicating with God.
15:20 He wants them to stop trying, stop studying,
15:28 stop witnessing. He wants to keep you
15:31 so busy and that is busy even doing good
15:36 things that you will not have quality time
15:40 to spend with God. You see the devil is a
15:43 shrewd individual. He doesn't care if you
15:47 accept one percent error because he
15:51 knows you're gonna be lost anyway.
15:54 He know that it is a 100 percent truth that
15:56 you must accept, and so God expects all or
16:00 none, the devil says you give me just a
16:02 little bit of you I will accept you, and so he
16:04 tries his best to put the bait out there for
16:07 us to accept it, so that if we bite on it,
16:11 he knows that we're gonna to be lost.
16:13 And so Satan again keeps us busy doing
16:17 good things to take up our time, to keep us
16:21 away from the things that are most important
16:24 and most eternal. He keeps us busy
16:28 with television and there is not a sin in
16:31 watching television, but it can lead to a sin.
16:36 It can distract you, take away your
16:38 valuable time that you could spend doing
16:41 worthwhile things. He has ESPN, whereby
16:46 you can just watch sports all day, not that
16:49 there is anything wrong with ESPN,
16:52 but it becomes as a trap or a snare to you
16:56 when you spend all of his quality time
16:59 watching sports all day. Then he brings in the
17:02 satellite where you can sit all day just
17:05 watch the satellites Direct TV.
17:08 Some having over 900 televisions stations.
17:11 All programs, some of the programs are just
17:16 comedies or westerns or cowboys, some of
17:19 the sports, some are jazz, anything that
17:22 just take up your time. He has the computer,
17:26 the Internet where you can stay on the
17:27 Internet for countless hours watching and
17:32 working on the Internet, then you have video
17:34 games which can take up a lot of your time.
17:38 Cell phones, he has your beepers then
17:41 you have your hobbies, then we can get
17:44 caught up with our jobs, we can fall in
17:46 love with our jobs even more so then
17:48 God where we would become workaholics.
17:50 We will work around the clock and spend
17:54 all of our time, most of our times on our
17:56 jobs rather than spending time,
17:58 valuable time with our families and with
18:00 our family love ones. He helps us to spend
18:04 much of our times unfortunately in the
18:06 malls just shopping and browsing.
18:09 Decorating our homes which is nothing
18:11 wrong with decorating homes but yet it
18:14 becomes a snare to us when we spend a lot
18:17 of time decorating our homes and again,
18:20 no quality time or very little for God,
18:23 and then even with retirement he helps us
18:25 and encourages us and influences us to
18:28 just spend all of our time figuring out our
18:31 retirement and how much we're going to
18:33 receive each month and where we're
18:34 going to visit and where we're going to
18:36 live, anything to distract this and then the
18:40 accumulation of stuff, just stuff we begin to
18:44 hover stuff, stuff that we would never use
18:48 and keeping up with the Jones.
18:50 Well, the Jones just bought a new car so
18:53 I think it's time for me to buy a new car
18:55 or a new home or new clothes anything that
18:59 he can do to distract us. Satan confuses people
19:05 by speaking through, some TV evangelist
19:11 to teach that the love of God has been abolished.
19:15 Now, I would like ask you today,
19:18 from Mount Sinai, God along with
19:21 thousands and ten thousands of
19:23 thousands of angels wrote the Ten Commandments.
19:27 He spoke the Ten commandments with
19:29 fire and lightening and thunder,
19:31 giving all ten of the commandments,
19:34 then it seems logical to me if God had
19:39 changed the Ten Commandments and
19:40 especially the fourth commandment
19:42 which says, remember the Sabbath day to
19:43 keep it Holy. Six days halt thou labor,
19:46 and do all thy work; but the seventh day is
19:49 the Sabbath of the Lord thy God:
19:51 in it thou shalt not do any work, then
19:53 it seems to me that if He went through all
19:55 of trouble if you might use that word to
20:00 pronounce and to give the Ten Commandments
20:02 surely He would have to at least match that
20:06 to say that He changed it, and if God
20:09 did change the fourth commandment or any
20:12 of the commandment for that matter,
20:14 would He not have given it to the
20:16 disciples when He left and they would have
20:18 been able to tell us in scripture that He had
20:21 changed His law, that He has changed the
20:24 fourth commandment from the seventh to
20:27 the fourth but no where in scripture do
20:30 we find that the disciples ever taught
20:34 or promoted the change of the
20:35 Sabbath, and so Satan convinces people to
20:40 put their full trust in men.
20:45 The Bible says, put not your trust in
20:48 princes, nor in the son of man, in which
20:50 there is no help. He wants you to trust
20:56 men and women, counselors.
20:59 It's fine to go to counselors
21:01 and men and women of expertise and their
21:03 feels for counsel but you never put their
21:07 word over the word of God. Even ministers as
21:10 sincere we are, you never put minister's
21:14 words over the word of God.
21:18 Your stranded in your belief, it has to be
21:20 founded from the word of God.
21:22 For if I'm going to be judged by the word of
21:25 God would I receive eternal life or eternal
21:28 damnation. Certainly, I don't want to come
21:31 up in the end and come up short
21:33 because I have taken the word of my Pastor
21:36 or my Rabbi or my priest. I want to be able to
21:39 stand before God and say Lord, it was your
21:42 word that I obeyed, It was your word that
21:45 I tried to carry out, and If I'm lost which
21:49 I won't be if I follow the word of God then
21:51 I am going to be lost or save on the word of
21:54 God, not on the opinion and the
21:56 expertise of men and women.
22:00 Satan works overtime to harden peoples
22:04 compassion towards the poor,
22:06 and the downtrodden, and foreigners and
22:08 immigrants and the homeless and the
22:10 widows and the orphans. I mean we see so
22:14 much on television with the homeless and
22:17 the tornadoes, and Katrina that
22:19 sometimes it's easy for us to harden our
22:22 hearts and not to have compassion.
22:26 Satan blames all of the natural
22:28 catastrophes and disasters on God.
22:32 He calls them an act of God.
22:35 The earthquakes and mud slides and
22:38 volcanoes and hurricanes and
22:40 tsunamis, droughts and forest-fires,
22:44 floodings and wreaked heat and cold and snow
22:47 and hail and rain. He says that these are
22:51 the result of God. Now we know that
22:54 God is a God of love. God does not destroy,
22:58 He creates, He preserves. Satan is responsible
23:03 for all misery and pain and
23:05 suffering in this world. Satan is responsible
23:07 for the post-office killings and the
23:09 school killings by our children and family
23:12 homicides and child abuse and infant kidnapping.
23:16 He is responsible for all terrorism and aids
23:18 and all pain and suffering and all
23:20 deaths, not God. Satan is garnering
23:24 millions of people into his net of
23:26 destruction through licentiousness and
23:28 lasciviousness and gluttony and the
23:31 obsession of pleasure, the love of pleasure.
23:35 Satan plays with people like a tom cat
23:39 does a field mouse, out in an open field.
23:42 Please turn me with me in your Bibles to
23:45 Second Timothy the 2nd chapter and we
23:48 want to read verse 26, and the Bible says,
23:54 And that they may recover themselves
23:56 out of the snare of the devil, who are taken
24:00 captive by him at his will.
24:04 People make resolutions every first of the year.
24:08 I am going to stop smoking and drinking
24:10 and I am going to exercise and I am not
24:12 going to eat this or that. My friends your
24:14 promises are like ropes of sand.
24:17 Satan laughs at you and I because he
24:18 knows you have no power to resist his temptations.
24:22 The only power you have is from Jesus
24:24 Christ and so when we make these
24:26 resolutions, he knows that you can't keep them.
24:30 In the Job the 13th chapter and reading
24:33 verse 15, the Bible says, Though He slay
24:39 me, yet will I trust in him: but I will
24:42 maintain mine own ways before him.
24:46 Job says that even though he's going
24:49 though things that he doesn't quite understand.
24:51 He is going to trust God no matter what comes.
24:54 And then in the Bible Matthew the 27th
24:57 chapter and we want to begin reading at
24:59 verse 1, the Bible says, and when the
25:03 morning was come, all the chief priests
25:07 and elders of the people took counsel
25:10 against Jesus to put him to death:
25:13 And when they had bound him, they led
25:15 him away, and delivered him to
25:18 Pontius Pilate the governor.
25:21 Then Judas, which had betrayed him,
25:23 when he saw that he was condemned,
25:25 repented himself, and brought again the
25:28 thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests
25:31 and elders, saying, I have sinned and
25:34 I have betrayed the innocent blood.
25:37 And they said, What is that to us?
25:40 See thou to that. And he cast down the
25:43 pieces of silver in the temple and departed,
25:46 and went out and hanged himself.
25:49 My friend all of us are going to be tempted
25:53 but it's only those who hold in there and
25:56 hang in and who will be saved.
25:58 Job was going through a difficult
26:00 time but he went and repented and he was saved.
26:05 Judas on the other hand did not repent
26:07 and it is believed he will be lost.
26:10 And our final text is found in Ephesians
26:12 the 6th chapter verse 13, and the Bible
26:17 says, Wherefore take unto you the whole
26:20 armor of God, that ye may be able to
26:22 withstand an evil day, and having done all to stand.
26:26 Stand therefore having your loins
26:28 girded about, girded about with truth,
26:31 and having on the breastplate
26:32 of righteousness; And your feet shod
26:34 with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
26:37 And above all, taking the shield of faith,
26:40 wherefore ye shall be able to quench all the
26:42 fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet
26:45 of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit,
26:48 which is the word of God: Praying always with
26:52 all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,
26:55 and watching thereunto with all
26:57 perseverance and supplication
26:59 for all the saints. And so we close out
27:03 this broadcast today my brother,
27:05 my sister saying, trust God, no matter what
27:08 comes, no matter how dismal the situation
27:11 may seem. God loves you.
27:13 He hasn't forgotten you, He is very aware
27:15 of what's going on in your situation,
27:17 and your life. Before God will let you be
27:20 overcome by the devil or his temptations
27:22 or his snares. He will send and empty all
27:25 of heaven, of all of the angels to come to
27:27 your rescue and if that didn't work He would
27:30 come Himself to make sure that you
27:32 would not be overcome by the wily foe Satan.
27:36 The Bible says that we are the apple of
27:38 God's eyes which means that God's
27:41 people occupy symbolic, symbolically a place
27:45 in His eye, his pupils. The devil would have
27:48 to rip his eyes out in order to
27:51 cause you to fall, so trust God no matter
27:53 what my dear saints. God loves you.