Sharper Focus, A

Satan's Deception's Exposed

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: John Dinzey


Series Code: ASHF

Program Code: ASHF000160A

00:19 Hello, and welcome to A Sharper Focus.
00:21 We are glad that you are with us
00:23 from wherever you're joining us around the world,
00:25 and we praise the Lord that 3ABN has this program
00:27 available for you to study the Bible with us.
00:31 My name is John Dinzey, and I'm glad to be with you.
00:33 Pastor Lomacang is not here during this time,
00:36 and so I have the privilege to be with you
00:37 and study God's word.
00:39 And we have a number of God's children here
00:41 from the Thompsonville Seventh-day Adventist church,
00:43 and we praise the Lord for your presence here.
00:46 And we hope that those of you joining us by radio,
00:49 television, internet, or whatever maybe,
00:51 you will be blessed.
00:53 And so for us to ensure that you will be blessed,
00:55 we want to ask you to join with us in prayer.
00:58 And so let us go to the Lord in prayer together.
01:01 Let's ask Him to bless us. Let's pray.
01:05 Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You so much
01:09 that anytime during the day we can approach
01:11 Your throne of grace with confidence
01:14 knowing that You are there, knowing that You are with us,
01:17 knowing that You will hear our prayer.
01:19 And we come to You in Jesus' name,
01:22 and we pray that You'll bless us, Lord.
01:24 We pray that as we study Your words,
01:26 study the Holy Scriptures,
01:28 You will help us to understand them.
01:30 Therefore, we ask for Your Holy Spirit
01:32 and that Your Holy Spirit will guide us into the truth
01:35 we need to know for today.
01:37 And we ask You, Father, for these things in Jesus' holy
01:41 and blessed name, amen, amen.
01:45 Today, we're gonna talk about something that,
01:50 it's little uncomfortable for me I have to say
01:52 because I like to talk more about Jesus
01:54 than these type of things,
01:56 but there are a number of people
01:58 that are confused about this thing
02:00 and they blame God for things He does not do,
02:04 and they don't give God credit for things that He does to.
02:08 And so today we're gonna talk about
02:10 "Satan's Deceptions Exposed".
02:15 Satan's deceptions exposed
02:17 because the Bible helps us to understand
02:20 that there is a devil
02:22 and some people don't believe that.
02:24 Some people don't think there is a devil.
02:26 And there are different ideas about the devil
02:28 and some people think that he's red,
02:31 and has a long red tail, and a pitchfork,
02:35 and that he has horns.
02:38 And so what does the Bible say about the devil?
02:40 Where did he come from? What is he up to?
02:43 And there are some people that believe those
02:49 that worship the devil that they are,
02:52 we believe for they are Christians
02:53 that God is gonna bless us with eternal life without pain,
02:56 or suffering, or sickness, nor death.
02:58 While those that worship Satan, I don't know if they all do,
03:01 but the one that I talk to an individual that I talk to,
03:04 he believed that he was gonna have a party
03:06 throughout eternity.
03:07 And so we may talk to you about that a little later
03:10 but that's not what the Bible says
03:12 that happens to the wicked.
03:14 But let's go to the Bible and ask for the Lord
03:17 to lead us and guide us.
03:18 In John 14, in John 14, we have a scripture
03:23 that tells us a wonderful thing concerning Jesus and it says,
03:27 "Jesus said unto them, I am the way,
03:31 the truth, and the life,
03:33 no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
03:37 And so we have that Jesus is the way,
03:39 the truth and the life.
03:40 And if you want life and life more abundantly,
03:43 if you want peace and joy,
03:44 then I encourage you to follow Jesus.
03:48 And when you follow Jesus, that's the best thing
03:51 that you could possibly do.
03:54 In John 10
03:57 we have an interesting scripture
04:00 that we need to look at and that is a few pages,
04:06 for those of you that are turning pages.
04:07 Some of you are in the electronic devices
04:09 and you can just go to it quickly.
04:12 So John 10:10, the Bible tells us,
04:15 "The thief cometh not, but for to steal,
04:20 to kill, and to destroy.
04:22 I am come, said Jesus, that they might have life,
04:26 and that they might have it more abundantly."
04:29 So this thief that Jesus is talking about
04:32 is none other than the devil.
04:35 And so, if the devil is not red, and with horns,
04:39 and a pitchfork, what does he look like?
04:41 We're not gonna describe his features to you,
04:43 but we're gonna tell you that the Bible says
04:45 that he was an angel of light.
04:47 Now his features have changed somewhat throughout the years
04:50 because time has passed
04:52 and he is no longer able to receive the blessing
04:55 of being in the presence of the Lord.
04:58 So let's go to the question, who is Satan?
05:04 Where did he come from and what does he want?
05:07 Why does he bother us so much?
05:10 Anybody here been bothered by the devil?
05:12 I think everyone can raise their hand,
05:14 the devil is wicked.
05:17 So 1 Peter 5:8 is the first scripture
05:20 that we're gonna go through concerning the devil
05:23 and what the Bible says concerning him.
05:25 And so in 1 Peter 5:8, if you found it, say amen.
05:30 Amen.
05:32 So we have at least two witnesses we read.
05:34 1 Peter 5:8 says, "Be sober, be vigilant
05:39 because your adversary, the devil,
05:43 as a roaring lion, walketh about,
05:46 seeking whom he may devour."
05:50 So the scriptures tell us that he is an adversary,
05:54 also causing the devil and a roaring lion,
05:57 walking about, seeking whom he may devour.
06:00 So what does he want? He wants to destroy us.
06:03 He wants to devour us.
06:04 Now this of course doesn't mean that he looks like a lion.
06:08 It's using the lion as a reference
06:09 as to what he wants to do with us.
06:11 And question,
06:13 what do the lions do when they're hungry
06:16 and they're looking for something to eat?
06:18 Do they go around with the megaphone saying,
06:20 "I'm coming, I'm heading your way."
06:24 No, he sneaks upon the prey, watches them carefully
06:29 to see when they're not taking notice of him
06:33 and just when he thinks he's got the best opportunity,
06:36 he races towards them to tear them to pieces
06:39 and of course to have his lunch,
06:41 or breakfast, or dinner, whatever the case may be.
06:44 So he does not announce that he is coming
06:47 neither does the devil announce that he is coming,
06:50 he is very sneaky.
06:52 And if I can say mess of roaring lions
06:55 seeking whom he may devour because that's what he does,
06:58 he wants to devour us.
07:00 So what should we do?
07:01 Where do we look for help?
07:03 Where do we find shelter?
07:04 That shelter is in Jesus Christ.
07:08 Now you may open your Bible beginning in Genesis
07:10 and you start reading,
07:12 and you won't find any reference to the devil
07:15 for a long time by name.
07:18 However, he's working behind the scenes,
07:20 working behind the scenes doing his crafty work.
07:24 And that's why you see him going to the Garden of Eden,
07:26 it doesn't mention him the devil,
07:29 but the devil uses a serpent
07:34 as an instrument to do his bidding.
07:37 And so later you see that he's still at work
07:39 because you see that Cain killed Abel.
07:42 Does it say that the devil worked behind?
07:46 Does it mention the devil by name
07:47 when it's talking about Cain
07:48 and how he kills his brother Abel?
07:50 No, but the devil is working behind the scene,
07:54 pushing buttons,
07:55 putting thoughts in people's minds.
07:58 The first time that the devil is mentioned
08:02 is in 1 Chronicles 21,
08:05 that's the first time he's mentioned by name
08:07 in the Bible.
08:09 1 Chronicles 21:1, are you ready?
08:15 Let's read it, "And Satan stood up against Israel,
08:20 and provoked David to number Israel."
08:25 Now this is the first time the Bible uses the word Satan,
08:28 and what does the word Satan mean here?
08:31 It means an adversary and an archenemy of God.
08:38 So this is the first time it mentions him by name,
08:41 that's the name that is given to him.
08:43 Also the Bible uses the word devil.
08:46 So as your reading in the Bible,
08:47 you may read different things or how he's referred to
08:51 and in all the places that it mentions him
08:54 is not a good thing concerning him.
08:57 It mentions the word tempter, adversary, devil,
09:02 the prince of the power of the air, Ephesians 2:2.
09:06 The wicked one, in 1 John 3:12 and also in 1 John 5:18,
09:12 and one of course is the dragon in Revelation 12.
09:18 So all these different types of references
09:20 are references about the devil,
09:24 and so we see here that
09:29 Jesus also makes a reference concerning the devil
09:33 that he said, he saw Satan
09:35 fall from heaven like lightning.
09:40 He saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning
09:42 so his original place of residence was in heaven,
09:47 and we'll talk about that in a little bit.
09:49 Yeah, the next time you hear or you see in the scriptures
09:52 mentioning the devil is in Job 1,
09:55 and we're gonna look at that a little bit later.
09:58 Job 1, now let's go look in the Bible
10:02 to see a little bit of
10:05 how much success he has had in the past.
10:10 When you look in Genesis 6:5-6, you get a picture that
10:16 Satan has had some degree of success
10:19 and unfortunately it is a very terrible thing
10:23 described in Genesis 6:5-6.
10:26 And the Bible says, "And God saw
10:29 that the wickedness of man was great in the earth,
10:32 and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart
10:36 was only evil continually.
10:41 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth,
10:44 and it grieved him at his heart."
10:46 So we see here that the devil was successful
10:51 to some great degree
10:52 during the first multitude of human beings
10:56 that existed upon the earth.
10:57 The thoughts of their heart were only evil continually.
11:01 Question, do you think the devil wants to make
11:04 the same thing happen today?
11:06 Does he want to lead people to only think evil continually?
11:10 I would answer that, yes, that's what he did in the past
11:13 and that's what he wants to do today.
11:16 So we need to know what the Bible says
11:18 so that we can avoid being a victim of the devil.
11:22 Now the devil as I mentioned before
11:24 was once an exalted angel.
11:27 So let's go now to Isaiah 14
11:30 and those of you that are accustomed
11:31 to seeing the scriptures on the screen,
11:34 today, that's not gonna happen so get your Bible out,
11:37 so that you can follow along.
11:39 Isaiah 14 describes a little bit.
11:41 We're not gonna read the whole chapter,
11:44 we're just gonna read a reference
11:45 concerning him in verse 12.
11:47 Isaiah 14:12, notice what the Bible says
11:51 concerning Satan before he became Satan.
11:54 "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,
11:59 that was his name, son of the morning!
12:02 How art thou cut down to the ground,
12:05 which didst weaken the nations!"
12:08 Now this is a reference to a holy being
12:13 before he committed sin that was his name Lucifer.
12:17 We're gonna deal with these things another time,
12:20 but let's go through Ezekiel 28.
12:24 In Ezekiel 28:14-15,
12:30 Ezekiel 28:14-15,
12:35 and the Bible tells us the following,
12:38 "Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth,
12:42 and I have set thee so,
12:45 thou wast upon the holy mountain of God.
12:49 Thou hast walked up and down the midst
12:51 of the stones of fire."
12:53 This angel was an exalted being,
12:57 he was a covering cherub.
12:59 That means he was next to God's throne
13:02 right there in the very presence of God.
13:06 Now it says in verse 15, "Thou wast perfect in thy ways
13:11 from the day that thou wast created,
13:13 till iniquity was found in thee."
13:16 Let's talk about that for a moment
13:17 till iniquity was found in thee.
13:19 The Bible tells us that he was perfect in all his ways,
13:24 that's the way he was created.
13:26 And then it uses the words,
13:28 "Till iniquity was found in thee."
13:31 A careful study of these words,
13:34 "Till iniquity was found in thee"
13:36 will reveal these results
13:38 that iniquity was not put into the devil,
13:43 into Lucifer,
13:45 that was not put there by God.
13:48 The study would reveal that basically, it's like this.
13:54 God created Lucifer perfect
13:57 and you could do a thorough examination
14:01 of Lucifer from the day he was created
14:03 till the day iniquity was found in him
14:05 and you'll find no trace of evil, no trace of sin,
14:09 you can look at every atom, and every molecule,
14:12 everything in him and there's no iniquity.
14:16 You can put him under the microscope
14:17 and see there is no wickedness, no evil, because perfect.
14:22 But eventually, Lucifer begins to think
14:25 evil thoughts of his own being.
14:27 See God blessed His creations
14:30 with the ability to have freedom of choice,
14:34 and he of his own accord decided to think evil,
14:38 and that's why the words used,
14:40 "Till iniquity was found in thee"
14:42 means that suddenly it's there, it wasn't there before,
14:47 but on this day it appeared.
14:50 And God did not put it there as I said,
14:52 it was the working of Lucifer himself.
14:58 Let's look in Ezekiel 28:17, notice what it says,
15:03 "Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty,
15:06 thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness.
15:11 I will cast thee to the ground,
15:12 I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee."
15:16 So it says, the Bible tells us that he corrupted himself
15:21 and that's what the Bible tells us concerning Lucifer
15:25 that eventually became Satan.
15:29 Wish we had more time to spend concerning this
15:32 but we don't, so let's go to Revelation 12:9.
15:37 Revelation 12:9 and again we're gonna look briefly
15:40 as some aspects concerning this in Revelation 12:9
15:44 again we see clues concerning the devil
15:47 where he came from and what happened to him.
15:49 In Revelation 12:9 the Bible tells us,
15:52 "And the great dragon was cast out,
15:57 that old serpent called the Devil, and Satan,
16:00 which deceiveth the whole world,
16:02 he was cast out into the earth,
16:04 and his angels were cast out with him."
16:08 So after Lucifer caused a great war,
16:11 and if you read there in verse 7,
16:13 you will notice that he caused a great war in heaven,
16:16 and as a matter of fact
16:17 when you look at Revelation 12:4,
16:21 it tells us that he was successful
16:23 in deceiving a third of the angels of heaven.
16:28 A third of the angels of heaven, how many is that?
16:34 The Bible uses, that doesn't give us a specific number
16:37 but concerning the angels that remained with God,
16:40 it says in Revelation thousands of thousands
16:43 and ten thousand times ten thousands.
16:46 How much is 10,000 times 10,000?
16:49 That's at least a 100 million,
16:50 but then it says thousands of thousands.
16:52 So of those that were deceived you can say
16:55 they were millions of angels deceived,
16:59 and where are they now?
17:02 Unfortunately, they are upon this earth,
17:04 eventually Satan and his angels were cast down to the earth.
17:07 Notice, I used the word eventually.
17:09 Some people think that immediately
17:11 after he sinned in heaven,
17:12 he was immediately cast down to the earth
17:14 and I say to you that is not correct.
17:17 A careful reading and a careful study will reveal
17:21 that he was cast out of heaven,
17:23 not to any place specifically in the beginning,
17:26 but eventually when Adam and Eve sinned
17:29 is when he was cast down to the earth.
17:31 That's another study
17:33 and we won't be able to do that today.
17:34 Now we read that the devil is a thief
17:40 comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy.
17:45 Now let's look into the Bible to see the kind of things
17:48 that the devil does.
17:51 In Luke 13 we find a discovery that should open some eyes
17:57 for some of the people that are with us
17:59 joining us in different ways radio, television, internet.
18:03 In Luke 13, we're gonna read verses 10-13
18:06 but we're gonna read beginning in verse 10.
18:10 Luke 13 beginning in verse 10, "And he, that is Jesus,
18:14 was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.
18:17 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity
18:21 18 years, and was bowed together,
18:26 and could not in no wise lift up herself."
18:30 So this woman was sick for how many years?
18:32 Eighteen years.
18:34 Verse 12, "And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him,
18:39 and said unto her, "Woman,
18:41 thou art loosed from thine infirmity:
18:45 And he laid his hands on her,
18:48 and immediately she was made straight,
18:51 and glorified God."
18:54 So I would glorify God also, if I was sick for 18 years
18:58 and Jesus put His hands on me and heal me,
19:01 I would glorify God as well.
19:03 This woman was rejoicing
19:04 because for the first time in 18 years
19:07 she was able to lift herself up.
19:10 You know it's interesting, I went to Jerusalem once
19:12 and I was walking there in a market place
19:15 and I saw a woman that was bowed down really low
19:19 and was walking like this as she walked.
19:22 It reminded me of this story how Jesus healed this woman.
19:28 And it's amazing what God can do even today.
19:32 Now let's consider,
19:35 the Bible says the following as you continue reading in...
19:42 I'm just gonna make reference to Acts 10:38
19:44 because Jesus came with the holy ghost
19:47 and He went about doing good
19:48 and healing all that were oppressed by the devil,
19:51 for God was with him.
19:52 But let's continue reading in Luke 13:14.
19:55 Luke 13:14, "And the ruler of the synagogue
19:58 answered with indignation, he was upset,
20:01 because that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath day,
20:04 and said unto the woman,
20:06 there are six days in which men ought to work,
20:09 in them therefore come and be healed,
20:11 and not on the Sabbath day."
20:13 This man did not recognize that a miracle from God
20:17 had taken place, and if God just made a miracle,
20:21 then God is authorizing the miracle.
20:23 Amen? Amen.
20:26 The Lord, that is Jesus, then answered him and said,
20:29 "Thou hypocrite,
20:31 doth not each one of you on the Sabbath
20:35 loose his ox or his ass from the stall,
20:38 and lead him away to watering?
20:40 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham,
20:44 whom Satan hath bound, lo, these 18 years,
20:47 be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?"
20:51 And when He had said these things,
20:53 all his adversaries were ashamed
20:56 and all the people rejoiced for all the good things
20:59 that were done by Him.
21:01 Now the interesting thing about this scripture is that
21:05 it reveals to us that Satan is the author of
21:09 diseases and sickness.
21:13 Amen. Amen.
21:15 Now it's interesting that people say amen now today
21:17 to say that's right.
21:20 In the Bible when you say amen, it means so be it,
21:23 but amen is changed in meaning in these times.
21:29 So Jesus reveals that this woman was sick
21:34 because Satan had bound her.
21:35 Satan had put this disease up on her
21:37 and she could not lift herself up,
21:41 and brothers and sisters, there are people sick today
21:44 that is not their own doing
21:46 but Satan has put a disease upon them.
21:49 Now there's a difference between
21:51 that person that is sick
21:53 and the person that by his or her own choice
21:56 does things to make himself or herself sick.
22:00 It is very clear and known in the medical science
22:03 that if you smoke you're going to get sick,
22:05 you may get lung cancer, your kidneys may get destroyed
22:09 or whatever organs in your body.
22:11 You will get sick.
22:15 It is also known that if you drink for long,
22:20 for many, many years, you will also get sick,
22:22 you will also develop diseases doing drugs and, of course,
22:26 eating greasy foods day in and day out.
22:31 I'm sure you heard about a man that decided to eat nothing
22:34 but fast food for I don't know how long...
22:36 For a year I think it was.
22:37 He wanted to eat fast food nothing for a year
22:39 from a particular restaurant.
22:40 We're not gonna mention the name of the restaurant
22:42 because we're not going to give
22:43 any free advertisement to anyone.
22:45 So this man decided to eat only from this restaurant,
22:49 it almost comes out of my mouth.
22:50 Breakfast, lunch, and dinner from the same restaurant
22:54 and his plan was to go for a year.
22:56 But he began to develop high cholesterol
23:00 and was beginning to develop some of the diseases
23:03 that you wanna keep away from diabetes,
23:05 and he decided, I can't keep this up
23:07 or I'm gonna die before the year is over.
23:10 So this man stopped this project
23:12 and decided to stop.
23:14 So the Bible tells us that we reap what we sow,
23:21 so if you don't take care of your health,
23:22 you're going to get sick.
23:24 So we're making a difference between those
23:26 that get themselves sick by the things they do
23:28 and those that are bound with the disease by the devil.
23:33 And so I wanted to make that clear as we continue.
23:37 So Satan does cause diseases.
23:40 Now there is a chapter, two chapters in the Bible
23:43 that draw the curtain aside.
23:47 God draws the curtain aside so that we can see
23:50 the wickedness of the devil firsthand.
23:52 Let's go to Job 1.
23:54 In Job 1 we see the devil at work again.
23:59 In Job 1, follow along your Bible
24:02 and this may be new to some of you.
24:06 Job 1:1,
24:09 in Job 1 the Bible tells us,
24:12 "There was a man in the land of Uz,
24:16 whose name was Job,
24:18 and that man was perfect and upright,
24:21 and one that feared God, and eschewed evil."
24:26 This man loved the Lord, served the Lord,
24:29 and followed the Lord with all of his heart,
24:33 who made sacrifices unto God,
24:35 praised the Lord every single day.
24:39 Now let's go to verse 6 to save some time.
24:43 "Now there was a day when the sons of God
24:46 came to present themselves before the Lord,
24:48 and Satan came also among them."
24:51 Now you notice the difference here.
24:53 It says, "The sons of God
24:55 came to present themselves before the Lord."
24:57 But it makes a distinction.
24:59 It says that Satan also came among them,
25:01 what is it telling you?
25:03 That Satan was no longer a son of God.
25:06 So verse 7, "And the Lord said unto Satan,
25:09 'Whence comest thou?"'
25:11 Question, does the Lord ask questions
25:13 that He knows the answers too?
25:15 Yes, He does ask questions that He knows the answers too,
25:18 but He wants you to express yourself.
25:22 Notice, what does the devil say?
25:27 "Then Satan answered the Lord, and said,
25:29 from going to and fro in the earth,
25:31 and from walking up and down in it."
25:34 Showing that I own this place,
25:36 I go wherever I want in this place, it's mine.
25:39 Now the Lord knew that
25:41 but He wanted that to be expressed.
25:42 In verse 8, "And the Lord said unto Satan,
25:46 'Hast thou considered my servant Job,
25:50 that there is none like him in the earth,
25:52 a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God,
25:55 and escheweth evil?"'
25:57 Was the Lord pleased with Job? Absolutely.
26:00 He's rejoicing for Job's dedication
26:03 and Job's love for the Lord that he was serving Him
26:06 and He said, "He's perfect and upright."
26:09 Have you considered him?
26:11 What does the devil say?
26:13 Does he know about Job?
26:15 "Then Satan answered the Lord, and said,
26:20 'Doth Job fear God for nought?"'
26:23 Ah, he's serving You,
26:25 he's beginning to insinuate things,
26:27 he's serving you for a reason.
26:29 Verse 10, "Hast not thou made a hedge about him,
26:32 and about his house, and about all that
26:35 he hath on every side?
26:36 Thou hast blessed the work of his hands,
26:39 and his substance is increased in the land."
26:43 Question, does the devil know about Job?
26:45 Absolutely. He saw, "This guy is blessed.
26:48 He must be serving the Lord."
26:50 And question, how does he know that there is a hedge about Job
26:56 because the devil kept trying to come in.
26:58 The devil kept trying to leave Job astray,
27:00 and Job was faithful, Job would pray the Lord,
27:04 Job served the Lord and the devil kept trying
27:06 to come in and could not get in to lead Job astray.
27:11 And he's confused,
27:13 "Why is this man still serving God.
27:15 I've done this, I've done this."
27:17 He's confused because Job loved the Lord.
27:23 Now verse 10,
27:28 I'm sorry, there's a scripture that I want to bring in
27:31 before we continue because the devil said that
27:35 there's a hedge above Job and the Lord blessed him.
27:38 Notice, put your finger there in Job 1
27:40 and let's go to Psalm 34.
27:43 Psalm 34, notice the blessings described for those
27:46 that serve the Lord.
27:49 Psalm 34:7, are you ready?
27:54 "The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them
27:58 that fear him, and delivereth them."
27:59 So what was the Lord doing?
28:01 An angel was above Job delivering him
28:03 from the attacks of the devil.
28:05 Notice verse 8, "O taste and see that the Lord is good.
28:09 Blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."
28:12 Was Job blessed? Yes, he trusted in the Lord.
28:15 "O fear the Lord, ye his saints:
28:17 for there is no want to them that fear him.
28:20 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger:
28:23 but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing."
28:29 Praise the Lord.
28:30 Now it's a good time to say amen.
28:32 Amen.
28:34 That's right, so be it unto me, we can say, so be it unto me.
28:37 So, brothers and sisters, these are blessings
28:39 the Lord wants to give us.
28:41 He wants to encamp round about us
28:45 so that the devil will not lead us
28:48 astray and destroy us.
28:50 Let's go back to Job 11.
28:53 Let's go back to the conversation
28:55 and now verse on 11, God says,
28:59 I'm sorry, it's the devil talking still.
29:01 The devil says, "But put forth thine hand now,
29:04 and touch all that he hath,
29:06 and he will curse thee to thy face."
29:10 Satan is now challenging God.
29:14 "And the Lord said unto Satan,
29:15 'Behold, all that he hath is in thy power,
29:19 and only upon himself put not forth thine hand.'
29:23 So Satan went from the presence of the Lord."'
29:25 Was he happy so? Satan was happy.
29:28 Now, he's gonna give me access to Job.
29:30 Now, I get to do this guy harm.
29:33 And so the Lord said, he's in thy power.
29:36 So He's giving him authority to get in.
29:40 What happened to Brother Job?
29:44 It's terrible and I hope none of this stuff
29:46 happens to anyone here
29:47 because Job went through something that some of us say
29:51 things like, "Ah, what a day.
29:54 It's going from bad to worse.
29:56 I don't know if it can get any worse."
29:59 And, brothers and sisters, I don't think they can compare
30:02 with the things that Job went through in one day.
30:05 Sometimes we complain about little things,
30:07 very little things, and I'm ashamed to say,
30:10 I think I may have complained about some very little things.
30:15 You know sometimes the Lord does allows things
30:17 to happen to us for our own good
30:20 so that we can open our eyes and notice,
30:22 "Hey, you're not really spending time with me."
30:26 So let's see what happened to Job.
30:29 In Job 1:13 the Bible says,
30:31 "And there was a day when his sons and daughters
30:34 were eating and drinking wine
30:35 in their eldest brother's house.
30:37 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said,
30:40 "The oxen were plowing,
30:42 and the asses were feeding beside them,
30:43 those were the donkeys, and the Sabeans fell upon them,
30:47 and took them away."
30:49 Yea, they have slain the servants
30:51 with the edge of the sword,
30:53 and I only alone, escaped to tell you.
30:57 I am only escaped alone to tell you."
31:00 So we have here a terrible news,
31:04 this man came with terrible news to Job
31:07 that anybody would cry over.
31:10 Notice verse 16, "While he was yet speaking,
31:13 there came also another and said,
31:15 "The fire of God is fallen from heaven
31:18 and have burned up the sheep
31:21 and the servants and consume them
31:23 and I only am escaped alone to tell thee."
31:28 So Job lost his sons, he lost the flock
31:32 and one after another bad news come.
31:36 "While he was yet speaking, more bad news,
31:39 there came also another, and said,
31:41 "The Chaldeans made out three bands,
31:43 and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away,
31:47 yes, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword,
31:50 and I only am escaped alone to tell thee."
31:55 Is that enough bad news?
31:58 No, there was more, "While he was yet speaking,
32:00 there came also another and said,
32:03 "Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine
32:05 in the eldest brother's house."
32:07 Going back to what was originally mentioned.
32:09 "And, behold, there came a great wind
32:11 from the wilderness,
32:13 and smote the four corners of the house,
32:16 and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead,
32:19 and I only am escaped alone to tell you."
32:23 Wow!
32:25 How many of you would like to hear bad news
32:27 all in one day like this?
32:29 Not one hand, not even the first bad news, right?
32:32 And Job went through all this in one single day.
32:35 You know, I've heard some people and unfortunate,
32:38 I'm sorry that they've gone through that experience.
32:39 They say, you know, they lost a loved one,
32:43 one month and maybe the next month
32:44 they lose another one,
32:45 or in the same year they lose another one,
32:47 it's sad and tragic what happens in this world.
32:54 That's why God promises a better world
32:56 where there is no sickness, pain,
32:58 no death, and no diseases.
33:01 And so I encourage everyone to follow Jesus
33:04 because He is the way, the truth, and the life.
33:07 Now there are two things that I want to continue
33:11 to talk about here, one is that,
33:14 one of the servant said in verse 16, he said that,
33:19 "Fire of God is fallen from heaven."
33:22 Now this was something caused by the devil.
33:27 Remember, the Lord gave the devil authority,
33:29 you have power over him.
33:31 It was the devil bringing fire down from heaven.
33:34 Did it come directly from God?
33:36 No, but it was fire coming down from heaven.
33:39 Well, how did it come?
33:40 It could have been lightning,
33:42 but here the devil is bringing fire down from heaven.
33:45 Question, doesn't the Bible say that in the last day,
33:48 in the last days, Revelation 13, it says that
33:50 there is a beast that is going to have power
33:52 to call fire down from heaven.
33:55 The devil will be at work in the last days as well.
33:57 And this is fire being caused by the devil
34:00 but who is being blamed?
34:02 The servant said, "Fire from God."
34:06 You see, so even today people are blaming God
34:09 for certain things that happen upon the earth.
34:12 Storms come through and destroys homes
34:15 and the insurance company say, "Oh no, we cannot cover that,
34:18 that's an act of God" they say.
34:22 But it's the devil that causes destruction.
34:25 And so there's another one here that you see,
34:29 the other verse that says that in the wilderness in verse 19,
34:33 "There came a great wind from the wilderness
34:35 and smote the four corners of the earth."
34:37 Some have wondered if this was some type of tornado
34:40 or something of the such?
34:42 We don't know exactly.
34:43 But it's a natural, it seems like a natural thing,
34:47 the natural elements of the earth were used
34:49 to cause this destruction.
34:51 And so I say to you,
34:55 you may do a little research and find that
34:58 the scientists today can go up on planes
35:01 and they call it seed clouds and by seeding the clouds
35:06 with certain chemicals can cause what?
35:09 Rain to fall upon the earth.
35:11 So don't put it past Satan,
35:13 he's able to do some type of control of the weather
35:17 to cause harm and destruction.
35:21 If you read in the book The Great Controversy,
35:23 it's interesting what you read there,
35:24 it says that the devil's able to put diseases on people,
35:29 and then call one of his witches
35:31 or one of his spiritual working people
35:33 and that person does some type of incantation
35:37 or some type of spell or whatever it is.
35:40 And the devil knows, "That's my servant that work,
35:43 he's working for me.
35:45 I put the disease on the person."
35:46 And to give people some deception
35:50 the person working for the devil, the witch,
35:52 or whatever may be taste the disease away
35:54 and that is simply the devil taking something
35:56 he's put there.
35:59 Remember, the woman for 18 years
36:00 was bound by the devil.
36:02 But Jesus came with the power of God
36:05 and destroyed the works of the devil.
36:09 You know, when I was a child, I heard an interesting story
36:11 and I was like, "Wow!
36:13 That's amazing what God can do."
36:15 It's was a story about a missionary
36:16 and I don't know where it was, I was little then,
36:18 so don't blame me that I forgot that, I was little.
36:22 And it talked about a missionary
36:25 that went to some village probably in Africa
36:28 or some other country
36:29 and that one of the witch,
36:34 a spiritualist there
36:37 came and said that they can make a radio play
36:42 with no batteries or no electricity.
36:45 And they said, "My god is greater than your God.
36:46 My god can make that radio play."
36:50 And so the person did whatever they did
36:52 and the radio was playing without electricity
36:54 and without batteries or any type of power.
36:58 And the missionary said, "Well,
36:59 my God is greater than your god.
37:01 My God can turn off the radio that your god turned on."
37:04 And he called upon God to turn off the radio
37:06 and the God turned off the radio,
37:07 and there was nothing that other person could do,
37:10 that witch doctor whatever the person was.
37:12 You see because God's power is greater than Satan's power
37:15 because God is the creator and Satan is a created being.
37:20 And I say to you that the weakest of God's children
37:25 when they put themselves in the hands of the Lord
37:28 is more than a match for the devil
37:30 and all his evil angels.
37:32 Amen.
37:33 So our only safety is to be in Christ Jesus
37:36 and to walk with Jesus.
37:38 That's why David was able to say,
37:40 "Though I walk through the valley
37:43 of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil."
37:48 So, brothers and sisters, can you say that?
37:51 Can you say, "I walk through the valley
37:52 of the shadow of death, and I will fear no evil."
37:54 If you're walking with Jesus, you can say that.
37:57 Praise the Lord.
37:59 So Job reveals to us
38:02 that the devil is at work doing harm.
38:05 Let's look at Job 1:20-22 really quick.
38:09 Notice the reaction of Job to all these terrible things.
38:13 "Then Job arose, and rent his mantle,
38:16 and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground."
38:21 Did he blame God?
38:23 No, it says, "And worshipped God.
38:26 Wow!
38:28 We complain for smaller things that have happened to Job
38:31 and Job is here praising and worshipping God,
38:34 and Job said in verse 21, "And said,
38:36 "Naked came I out of my mother's womb,
38:39 and naked shall I return thither.
38:42 The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away.
38:45 Blessed be the name of the Lord.
38:49 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly."
38:54 Now I want to praise the Lord for Job
38:57 that he was faithful and that even know,
39:00 he did know what was going on, he worshiped the Lord.
39:04 Brothers and sisters,
39:05 if you're going through bad things and you don't know
39:07 what's going on or why it's happening,
39:09 worship the Lord, praise the Lord
39:12 Because what?
39:14 God is able to deliver you from whatever you're facing,
39:16 and He promises to be with us every day,
39:20 always until the end of the world.
39:22 Praise the Lord for that.
39:24 And so I want to praise the Lord
39:26 also for something he said, the Lord gave.
39:31 You see, it is the Lord that gives us power
39:34 to gain the things that we have,
39:35 to gain riches, to gain wealth, and to work
39:39 so that we can put food upon our tables,
39:41 God is the giver of every good thing.
39:45 God is the giver of every blessed thing,
39:49 and so we should praise the Lord for His goodness.
39:52 Did you eat today? Praise the Lord.
39:55 Did you have a place to live today?
39:57 Praise the Lord.
39:59 And so I remember one time, a person called 3ABN,
40:02 I was answering the prayer line,
40:04 and he said this,
40:06 "What do I have to be thankful for?"
40:10 I said, "Well, that's a very strange call."
40:12 Usually people are calling for prayer,
40:14 "What do I have to be thankful for?"
40:17 And I thank the Lord for the answer he gave me.
40:19 I say, "Well, are you in prison."
40:21 He said, "No."
40:22 "You should be praising the Lord.
40:23 Are you in a hospital?"
40:25 "No." "Then you should be thankful.
40:26 You should be praising the Lord.
40:29 Are you in a mental institution?"
40:31 He said, "No."
40:33 "Well, you should be thankful.
40:34 You should be praising the Lord."
40:36 And he said, "Well, you know,
40:37 I guess I do have things to be thankful for."
40:39 Praise the Lord.
40:42 Let's continue reading, we now move to Job 2
40:45 because there are a few more things
40:46 that we need to share concerning Job.
40:47 Job 2:1-3, the Bible says,
40:51 "Again there was a day when the sons of God
40:53 came to present themselves before the Lord,
40:55 and Satan came also among them to present himself
40:58 before the Lord.
41:00 And the Lord said unto Satan, 'From whence comest thou?'
41:02 And Satan answered the Lord, and said,
41:04 'From going to and fro in the earth,
41:05 and from walking up and down in it."'
41:07 Now the Lord rejoicing still.
41:10 "And the Lord said unto Satan,
41:11 "Hast thou considered my servant Job,
41:13 that there is none like him in the earth,
41:15 a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God,
41:19 and escheweth evil?
41:21 And still he holdeth fast to his integrity,
41:24 although thou movedst me against him,
41:27 to destroy him without a cause."'
41:30 I'm sure Satan was shocked that this man
41:32 went through all this and praised the Lord.
41:35 I'm sure he thought that the first thing
41:37 that he did to Job, Job was going to curse God
41:40 because that's what he challenged God
41:41 that he would do.
41:43 "Oh, if you do this, he's going to curse you."
41:46 And maybe the second thing, oh,
41:48 and Job remained faithful to the Lord.
41:50 Let's read in verses 4-9,
41:54 "And Satan answered the Lord, and said, "Skin for skin."
41:58 Now he thought about what he's going to say
42:00 to the Lord, he knew the Lord is going to ask him,
42:01 skin for skin, "Yea,
42:03 all that a man hath he will give for his life.
42:06 But put forth thine hand now,
42:08 and touch his bone and his flesh,
42:10 and he will curse thee to thy face.
42:12 And the Lord said unto Satan,
42:14 'Behold, he is in thine hand, but save his life."'
42:18 What's he saying?
42:20 "You may make him sick, you may cause him pain,
42:22 but don't kill him."
42:24 "So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord,
42:27 and smote Job with sore boils
42:31 from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
42:34 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal,
42:39 and he sat down among the ashes."
42:42 Job was suffering intense pain.
42:47 Now our son Samuel, as we are broadcasting live,
42:51 he's in a little island called Pohnpei in Micronesia.
42:56 And he has shown us some pictures of some boils
42:58 he's had while he's there.
43:00 And he says they're very painful,
43:02 I don't know if anybody here has...
43:03 Had anyone here had a boil before?
43:05 A few of you. Are they any fun?
43:07 They're not any fun, are they? They're painful.
43:10 You suffer when you have these things
43:12 and Job was covered from the sole of the foot,
43:15 I don't know how many you've had,
43:16 but to be covered from the sole of your foot
43:18 to the top of your head, it must be horrendous.
43:22 He was scraping himself, he was in agony and suffering.
43:27 And notice verse 12 and verse 13.
43:34 In Job 2:12-13 the Bible says,
43:36 "And when they lifted up their eyes..."
43:37 Some friends came to see Job.
43:40 "And when they lifted up their eyes afar off,
43:41 and knew him not,
43:43 and they lifted up their voice, and wept.
43:46 And they rent everyone his mantle,
43:48 and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.
43:51 So they sat down with him upon the ground
43:54 seven days and seven nights,
43:56 and none spake a word unto him,
43:59 for they saw that his grief was very great."
44:03 Was Job suffering?
44:05 He was suffering
44:07 and he maintained his integrity,
44:09 and we praise the Lord
44:10 for the testimony that Job gave.
44:14 So, brothers and sisters,
44:17 if you're going through trials and tribulation,
44:20 go near to the Lord, approach the Lord
44:23 and He will help you bear it, and He will have
44:26 the best solution for your problem.
44:28 Brothers and sisters, the devil causes destruction,
44:30 the devil causes pain, the devil causes diseases.
44:34 The devil is out to kill, to steal, and to destroy,
44:38 and he is a deceiver and a liar.
44:41 Notice in Ezekiel 28:12.
44:45 Ezekiel 28:12,
44:49 Ezekiel 28:12, we have a scripture
44:53 that reveals to us who we are dealing with.
44:56 Ezekiel 28:12 says, "Son of man,
44:59 take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus."
45:02 King of Tyrus had been used here
45:04 as a symbol of Satan,
45:06 "Thus saith the Lord God, 'Thou sealest up the sum,
45:09 full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty."'
45:14 This is a reference to the devil,
45:16 and I read this verse to tell you that
45:18 the devil is full of wisdom.
45:23 And for 6000 years he's been tempting
45:26 and deceiving people.
45:28 Does he know how to do it?
45:30 Yes, we know that if you don't know
45:33 how to do something,
45:35 the first time you do it, you may not be good at that.
45:37 But you keep trying and trying and trying and trying,
45:40 you're going to get better at it,
45:42 and some people eventually become experts
45:44 in what they do within a few months,
45:47 within maybe a couple of years, three or four years.
45:49 They're considered experts in their field.
45:54 Imagine the devil that for about 6000 years
45:58 has been doing evil, deceiving people
46:01 and practicing evil, he's an expert,
46:04 and we are no match for him.
46:07 And the Bible says that we, human beings,
46:09 were created a little lower than the angel,
46:13 that even by creation
46:15 even if there was no sin upon us.
46:19 And the devil was created an angel,
46:21 he was still above us in wisdom and might.
46:24 So we are no match for him.
46:27 So please do not dare to face the devil on your own.
46:32 How should we face the devil?
46:34 Looking unto Jesus,
46:37 the author and finisher of our faith.
46:39 Why?
46:41 Because with Jesus all things are possible,
46:44 and it is only by going to Jesus
46:47 that we can resist the devil and be able to perceive
46:50 that he's trying to lead us astray.
46:54 Brothers and sisters, we are in desperate need of Jesus.
46:59 In 1 Kings 8:39,
47:01 I want to take some myths away.
47:04 1 Kings 8:39, the Bible says,
47:10 this is Solomon doing a prayer,
47:11 "Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place,
47:15 and forgive, and do,
47:17 and give to every man according to his ways,
47:19 whose heart thou knowest, for thou, even thou only,
47:24 knowest the hearts of all the children of men."
47:27 Why did we read this verse?
47:29 We read this verse because this verse reveals to us
47:31 that only God knows what you're thinking.
47:37 Only God knows what you're thinking,
47:38 only God knows what you think about.
47:41 But question, can the devil read your thoughts?
47:44 The answer is no because we just read it,
47:46 only God knows what you're thinking,
47:48 but after you have a relationship with someone
47:52 for a little while,
47:55 I think I've heard my wife say at least once,
47:56 "I know what you're thinking."
47:59 We after knowing people for a little while,
48:01 we know how they react to things,
48:03 we know how they respond to things,
48:05 and we're able to say, "I know what you're thinking."
48:08 So the devil is saying, "Good guesser"
48:11 He has seen you, heard you,
48:13 and knows how you react to things.
48:15 So he's a good guesser but he does not know
48:18 what you are thinking.
48:19 And the best thing that can come out of our mouth
48:21 is praise to the Lord.
48:23 The Bible also tells us in Hebrews 4:12,
48:26 you don't have to look it up, I'm just gonna quote it.
48:28 "For the word of God is quick, and powerful,
48:30 and sharper than any two-edged sword,
48:32 piercing even to the dividing asunder
48:35 of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow,
48:39 and is a discerner of the thoughts
48:41 and intents of the heart."
48:44 So question,
48:46 does the Lord know your thoughts?
48:47 Yes, He even knows the intense of your heart.
48:50 And people around you may not know
48:52 the intents of your heart, why you say things
48:54 or why you do things
48:56 and the devil works hard to lead us astray.
49:00 Now we have enough time to go through a few things.
49:03 Let's go to Genesis 3.
49:05 Genesis 3, we're not going to go through
49:07 the whole process of what happened to Eve.
49:10 But here we have some things that reveal to us
49:13 how the devil works.
49:15 In Genesis 3:1, are you ready?
49:18 Say amen.
49:20 "Now the serpent was more subtle
49:22 than any beast of the field which the Lord God hath made."
49:25 We said already that the Satan worked through the serpent.
49:28 "And he said unto the woman, 'Yea, hath God said,
49:31 you shall not eat of every tree of the garden?"'
49:36 This is the devil talking through the serpent,
49:39 leading Eve to question what God has said.
49:42 And Eve goes to the defense of God,
49:45 in verse 2 she says,
49:46 "And the woman said unto the serpent,
49:48 'We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden.
49:53 But of the fruit of the tree
49:54 which is in the midst of the garden,
49:56 God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it,
49:58 neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die."'
50:01 Question, did Eve know what God said?
50:04 Yes, she had not forgot
50:06 and they had great minds back then,
50:08 they don't forget things like we do.
50:11 And so she remembered clearly what God said.
50:15 And the serpent said,
50:17 now the serpent wanted Eve to say this
50:18 so that he can come in with this verse 4,
50:20 "And the serpent said unto the woman,
50:22 'Ye shall not surely die."'
50:24 What is the serpent saying? God is lying to you.
50:27 You have been deceived by God, you are not going to die.
50:32 "For God doth know that in the day you eat thereof,
50:35 then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods,
50:38 knowing good and evil."
50:40 Question, what did the devil just do?
50:43 The devil just told Eve, "God is lying to you.
50:47 He's deceiving you and He knows
50:50 that when you eat of this fruit,
50:53 you're going to be like Him, knowing good and evil."
50:55 Now he painted knowing good and evil
50:58 like it was a good thing,
51:00 "Hey, if you know good and evil,
51:02 you're going to be better off."
51:03 He painted like it was a good thing.
51:05 Notice how Eve reacts to what she heard and saw.
51:09 And when the woman saw,
51:11 she evaluated what she saw and what she heard.
51:14 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food
51:19 and that it was pleasant to the eyes
51:21 and the tree to be desired to make one wise.
51:26 She took of the fruit thereof and did eat and gave also
51:29 unto her husband with her and he did eat.
51:32 Now some people read this and think that
51:33 Adam was right there just listening to everything,
51:35 "Oh, okay, that's great.
51:36 Go ahead.
51:38 I'll just wait for you to decide what to do Eve."
51:40 Adam was not there.
51:41 What the scripture is simply saying is that
51:43 he also ate eventually,
51:45 not at this moment but eventually.
51:47 When Eve came to him with the fruit,
51:49 offered it to him, then he ate, not at this moment.
51:53 So Eve evaluated the whole thing
51:56 and offered he was saying to her,
51:58 "You have something right here
52:00 this tree of knowledge of good and evil.
52:02 God is hiding something from you,
52:05 he told you not to eat of it
52:06 because He's keeping something from you."
52:09 And this is what the devil does, did he take...
52:13 He mixes truth with error sometimes.
52:16 He makes God look like a deceiver
52:20 when he, Satan himself is a deceiver.
52:24 And he makes people think that
52:26 it's a horrible painful thing to be a Christian.
52:30 Why do you want to be a Christian?
52:32 You're not going to enjoy life,
52:34 you're going to suffer, if you're a Christian.
52:36 And the Bible says, "Taste and see that the Lord is good."
52:42 And the Bible says that, "He is a rewarder of them
52:45 that diligently seek Him."
52:48 And that God blesses those...
52:50 The Bible says the young lions do lack and suffer hunger
52:52 but they that serve the Lord, that love the Lord
52:55 will not lack any good thing.
52:57 And so you see the devil is painting God
53:00 as a bad person,
53:04 a bad evil person,
53:07 when God is the one that is good
53:09 and has our best interest in mind.
53:15 In 2 Timothy 3, in 2 Timothy 3,
53:21 we find the scripture that reveals to us the times
53:24 that we are living in.
53:26 2 Timothy 3:13 the Bible says,
53:30 "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
53:36 deceiving, and being deceived."
53:39 So what's going to happen in the last days?
53:41 People are going to get worse and worse.
53:44 Satan is trying to lead people to the same thing
53:47 that happened during the time of Noah,
53:49 so that every thoughts of their mind
53:51 will be evil continually.
53:53 But we don't have to be deceived by the devil
53:55 because God has given us the Bible and God says that
54:00 this is a lamp to our feet, right?
54:04 And a light to our path.
54:06 So if you want to know that you're walking
54:09 in the ways of life, read the Scriptures, know them,
54:13 search for them because in them is life.
54:18 In James 4, in James 4,
54:24 we have a scripture that sometimes
54:26 is misquoted by people.
54:28 Sometimes somebody is down
54:31 because something that happened to them
54:32 or they fell into temptation,
54:35 and some people read the last part of the verse.
54:37 In James 4:7-8, the Bible says,
54:39 "Submit yourselves therefore to God.
54:41 Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
54:44 Sometimes somebody is discouraged
54:46 because they fell and somebody says,
54:48 "Resist the devil and he will flee from you."
54:50 But the first part of the verse says what?
54:53 "Submit yourselves therefore to God."
54:57 Then you are able to do
54:58 what the following part of the verse says,
55:00 "Resist the devil and he will flee from you."
55:03 Because when you submit to God,
55:05 you unite yourself with the all mighty God,
55:09 the all powerful God.
55:11 You unite yourself with Jesus who said without me,
55:14 you can do nothing.
55:15 Without Jesus, we can do what?
55:17 Nothing.
55:19 Without Jesus, we can do nothing,
55:21 the opposite of that must be true.
55:23 If without Jesus we can do nothing,
55:25 with Jesus we can do all things
55:29 because with Jesus all things are possible.
55:32 And to that I say praise the Lord.
55:35 In verse James 4:8, the Bible says,
55:38 "Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.
55:43 Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts,
55:47 ye double minded."
55:49 Brothers and sisters, in Genesis 3,
55:51 after Adam and Eve sinned,
55:53 God gave Adam and Eve good news.
55:56 Genesis 3:15 says,
55:58 "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman,
56:02 and between thy seed and her seed,
56:04 it shall bruise thy head,
56:05 and thou shalt bruise his heel."
56:07 God is saying to the devil, "I'm going to put enmity."
56:11 In other words, you're going to be at odds,
56:13 you're not going to be friends.
56:14 "I'm going to put this enmity between thee and the woman,
56:18 between her seed and your seed."
56:20 In other words, God is gonna give us grace.
56:22 When we give our hearts to the Lord Jesus Christ,
56:24 He gives us grace to be able to resist the devil
56:28 so that he will flee from us.
56:31 Brothers and sisters, Satan is a deceiver and a liar
56:36 and God invites us to life,
56:39 an eternal life through Jesus Christ.
56:41 The Bible says in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world
56:45 that He gave His only begotten Son,
56:47 that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish
56:51 but have everlasting life."
56:52 We have a choice to make,
56:54 whether to follow God, or to follow the devil.
56:57 I encourage you to follow the Lord
56:59 where there are blessings
57:00 not only that begin on this earth
57:02 as we say in our 3ABN Latino, give your heart to the Lord
57:06 and you will begin to have a life of happiness and peace
57:09 that begins in this world
57:12 and continues throughout eternity.
57:14 And the Bible says, "If you believe in Him,
57:17 you will not perish but have everlasting life.
57:19 We have just begun studying concerning
57:21 the devil and his deceptions,
57:24 and I hope that by now some of you,
57:26 the eyes are open to understand that he is a deceiver
57:29 and that he has been also defeated.
57:32 Jesus Christ defeated him
57:34 and His victory can become ours,
57:36 if we give ourselves to the Lord Jesus Christ.
57:39 The best thing we can do is to take up our cross daily
57:43 as Jesus said and follow Him.
57:45 And where Jesus is, is where we should be.
57:49 I encourage you today
57:51 to give your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ,
57:53 and He will indeed come in,
57:55 and He will give you peace and joy
57:57 that begins in this world and will last
57:59 throughout eternity, do it right now.


Revised 2017-10-16