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Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
Part of winning a battle is understanding your enemy. When it comes to the word of God, one has to be willing to accept it. First and foremost, God knows our enemy. He knows what he’s doing and when he’s going to do it. We need to know the enemy in order to fight against the enemy.
As we know about Job, he had a hedge built around him that God had placed to keep the enemy away. As a Christian, you have a God built hedge around you. Now you can play and tease with the devil and he will try his best to destroy you and if you let him, he will.
In Genesis, we see that the devil was present. Satan is NOT a god but a created being. He is an angel and nothing more. He was created therefore he can be controlled by God. Now Lucifer himself is probably not messing with you. He is not a god and therefore can not be in multiple places at the same time, omnipresent. He also can not read your mind. Now just as God, he has many angels to “work” for him, with him. Satan is a fallen angel and he also took a bunch of angels with him.
John 13:2 - Destroy
The devil wants everyone dead. He can take ahold of a lost persons heart and cause them to do ungodly things only to leave them dead.
2 Cor 11:14 - Deceiver
The devil can transform into a false being to fool others to think he is something that he is not.
John 8:44 - Liar
The devil is a liar. He is unable to speak the truth unless it’s riddled with lies. He is the father of lies. One could say they would never believe a lie from the devil. Have you ever been afraid? Fear is a lie from the devil. Simple yet effective.
John 10:10 - Steal, Kill, and Destroy
So can the devil destroy a believer? Only if God allows it. Satan is a destroyer and he certainly wants to destroy you. In our nation, opiate addiction is the highest killer.
Luke 8:12 - Thief
Satan also wants to steal Gods love from the lost. When the word of God is presented, satan will steal away the word if it’s not consumed.
2 Cor 4:4 - Blinder
Think about it, we teach in schools that it took the world billions of years to be created. We evolved from monkeys or evolved from something. Satan has removed the Creator from our children’s learning. We are accept every lifestyle due to tolerance, love everyone, that what Jesus taught. Truth is, it’s a lie.
2 Cor 12:7 - Buffet Believers
Now the devil constantly beats on the gate at the hedge and all you’ve got to do is open the door. We are constantly bombarded with Satan daily throughout our lives thru media and others. It’s a choice if we allow or let that in.
Rev 20, Rev 20:10 - Destiny
We see in the end Satan and his demons will all be destroyed. They will be tormented just the same as those unbelievers that rejected Christ, forever and ever for eternity.
1 John 3:8, Luke 11:23
Who’s side are you on? There is ONLY two sides. You’re either on Satans side or Gods side. Either your born again or lost.
To the believers.
Don’t give the devil any room to win or get in. You want problems in your life, let him in.
Resist the devil and he will flee.
We know we are gonna be in a battle with the devils, therefore go ahead and prepare yourselves.
Tommy and his wife Teresa were married at New Providence Primitive Baptist Church June of 1985. His first full-time church ministry was at Meadow Branch Primitive Baptist Church where he served as their pastor for 2 years and 9 months. Tommy and Teresa have 3 sons; Christopher, Justin and Blake.
In October of 1991 Tommy was called as pastor of Edgewood Primitive Baptist Church and stayed until October of 2002 fulfilling God’s call for Edgewood.
Since January 2003, he has been the pastor of NPPBC. His two oldest children are married and live in the Maryville area.
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31And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. (KJV)
1 Peter 5:5-11
5Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (KJV)