Hi Beloved People of GOD,
We are continuing with our series, “The Kingdom Of GOD In.”
We learned in our previous post of this series that even the LORD JESUS had to deal with the devil or satan. And I mentioned that I was going to share few Bible Scriptures to show those who refuse to believe that the devil or satan does exist.
One of them is in the book of Luke chapter 22 verses 31 to 34. And it was the LORD JESUS speaking to Apostle Peter. The Bible records that satan asked GOD for permission to test Apostle Peter faith. I found it interesting you know, that satan can go to GOD and ask if he may test us. In fact in Amplified Bible Version it says, satan demanded permission. Here is what the Bible Passage says. “Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has demanded permission to sift [all of] you like grain; but I have prayed [especially] for you [Peter], that your faith [and confidence in Me] may not fail; and you, once you have turned back again [to Me], strengthen and support your brothers [in the faith].” And Peter said to Him, “LORD, I am ready to go with You both to prison and to death!” JESUS said, “I say to you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will [utterly] deny three times that you know Me.”
Now, look at that. So the LORD JESUS knew Apostle Peter would fail the test. But HE said, HE prayed for Peter that his faith and confidence in HIM may not fail, and he will turn back again to HIM. And if you read in the same chapter 22 of the book of Luke verses 54 to 62, it records that Peter went on denying the LORD JESUS three times just as HE said. It says “Then they seized Him, and led Him away and brought Him to the [elegant] house of the [Jewish] high priest. And Peter was following at a [safe] distance. After they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat among them. And a servant-girl, seeing him as he sat in the firelight and looking intently at him, said, “This man was with Him too.” But Peter denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know Him!” A little later someone else saw him and said, “You are one of them too.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” After about an hour had passed, another man began to insist, “This man was with Him, for he is a Galilean too.” But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. The LORD turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the Word of the LORD, how He had told him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly [deeply grieved and distressed].”
Apostle Peter was put in a very tight position. Unfortunately he wasn’t ready to go both to prison and to death with the LORD JESUS like he told Him he would. He failed the test. So the LORD JESUS knew ahead of time what was going to happen, but then HE said that HE prayed for Peter to return back to have faith and confidence in HIM again, and once Apostle Peter turned back again to HIM, he would strengthen and support his brothers in the faith.
It was the same Apostle Peter who said in the book of 1 Peter chapter 5 verses 6 to 11 that “ Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of GOD [set aside self-righteous pride], so that HE may exalt you [to a place of honor in HIS service] at the appropriate time, casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on HIM, for HE cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.] After you have suffered for a little while, the GOD of all grace [who imparts HIS blessing and favor], Who called you to HIS own eternal glory in CHRIST, will HIMSELF complete, confirm, strengthen, and establish you [making you what you ought to be]. To HIM be dominion (power, authority, sovereignty) forever and ever. Amen.
It is frustrating that GOD allows satan or the devil to do what he does. And the devil or satan cannot do anything to any believer in CHRIST without permission from GOD. So when we are going through things, it’s not a surprise to GOD.
Like I said in the beginning, even the LORD JESUS was to deal with the devil. GOD the FATHER, allowed the devil to test the LORD JESUS in the wilderness when HE was fasting for 40 days. In fact the Scriptures say The HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD led the LORD JESUS in the wilderness to be tested by the devil. You will find this in the book of Matthew chapter 4 verses 1 to 11. The Bible records that “Then Jesus was led by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After He had gone without food for forty days and forty nights, He became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But Jesus replied, “It is written and forever remains written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took Him into the holy city [Jerusalem] and placed Him on the pinnacle (highest point) of the temple. And he said [mockingly] to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning You [to serve, care for, protect and watch over You]’; and ‘They will lift you up on their hands, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written and forever remains written, ‘You shall not test the LORD your GOD.’” Again, the devil took Him up on a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory [splendor, magnificence, and excellence] of them; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go away, satan! For it is written and forever remains written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your GOD, and serve HIM only.’” Then the devil left Him; and angels came and ministered to Him [bringing Him food and serving Him].”
Satan tried to get the Lord Jesus to violate GOD’s law and worship him instead of GOD. The devil tried to offer the LORD JESUS all the kingdoms of the world and their glory if HE would worship him. But the Lord Jesus did not do so. Basically he tried to make the Lord Jesus to take short cut and violate GOD’s Law and Ways by using His weaknesses at the time, He was hungry and He had a big assignment and ministry before Him that must save the entire world. He couldn’t afford to fail the test.
If you continue to read the chapter, the Bible says the LORD JESUS began HIS Ministry after that. So it looks like from the example of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, before GOD uses us to certain ministry, we are going to be tested. It may not be the same wilderness like the LORD JESUS, but we will go through the wilderness of some kind to be tested depending on GOD’s Plans for our lives and our assignments. And the tempter will be the devil.
And you have to understand that the devil has different means to tempt us. He can use people to create the environment of temptation, or to cause the drama and deception in your life. He can use your circumstances and environments, or afflictions to make life more difficulty for you, and sometimes he can put suggestions in your mind, nobody will be involved but only you, you will have some kind of a battle in your mind fighting with evil forces and suggestions from the devil. That’s why it’s important to know what the WORD of GOD says concerning our situations. When the LORD JESUS was tempted HE answered the devil or satan with the WORD of GOD, each time He answered with It is Written. It’s important to transform our mindsets with the WORD of GOD. We need to know what the Bible says and meditate on it, until it becomes part of our thinking patterns so when these temptations come we can also say ‘it is written,’ or say ‘the WORD of GOD says this and that concerning my life and situations.’
In the book of Acts 10 verse 38, it says “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with great power; and He went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, because GOD was with Him.”
Scriptures say that the LORD JESUS went around healing all who were oppressed by the devil. So the devil is not only the tempter, but the oppressor. So when you are being oppressed it is very possible that the devil maybe behind it. Remember now, the devil can use people to oppress you, and they may sometimes not even know that they are being used by the devil out of their envy, insecurity, fear, or anything that they use as a reason to come against you and to carry out the works and plans of the devil on this earth which is to destroy people lives. But also the devil can use all kinds of things such as afflictions, spirit of infirmities, all kinds of bad influences and demonic oppression such as depression, sorrow, mistreatment, unforgiveness, and so forth to carry out his oppression and evil plan to make this world a worse place.
The Bible says that most of the people in this world are not aware of the fact that they may be under the influence of the wicked one or the devil or satan. In the book of 1 John chapter 5 verses 18 to 21, it says that “We know [with confidence] that anyone born of GOD does not habitually sin; but He (Jesus) who was born of GOD [carefully] keeps and protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know [for a fact] that we are of GOD, and the whole world [around us] lies in the power of the evil one [opposing GOD and His precepts]. And we [have seen and] know [by personal experience] that the SON of God has [actually] come [to this world], and has given us understanding and insight so that we may [progressively and personally] know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true—in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true GOD and eternal life. Little children (believers, dear ones), guard yourselves from idols—[false teachings, moral compromises, and anything that would take GOD’s place in your heart].”
So the Bible has a lot to say about the devil. I just wanted to share a few of the Bible Scriptures as a continuation on what we have discussed in our previous post. The Bible even has recorded on what to come in the near future concern believers, the Church, non-believers, and the devil or satan. In the book of Revelation chapter 20, it talks about satan bound, the Millennium Reign, the final rebellion, and the final judgment. And this is what it says;
“Satan Bound : And then I saw an angel descending from heaven, holding the key of the abyss (the bottomless pit) and a great chain was in his hand. And he overpowered and laid hold of the dragon, that old serpent [of primeval times], who is the devil and satan, and bound him [securely] for a thousand years (a millennium); and the angel hurled him into the abyss, and closed it and sealed it above him [preventing his escape or rescue], so that he would no longer deceive and seduce the nations, until the thousand years were at an end. After these things he must be liberated for a short time.
The Millennial Reign: And then I saw thrones, and sitting on them were those to whom judgment [that is, the authority to act as judges] was given. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of GOD, and those who had refused to worship the beast or his image, and had not accepted his mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with CHRIST for a thousand years. The rest of the dead [the non-believers] did not come to life again until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) and holy is the person who takes part in the first resurrection; over these the second death [which is eternal separation from God, the lake of fire] has no power or authority, but they will be priests of GOD and of CHRIST and they will reign with Him a thousand years.
The Final Rebellion: And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison (the abyss), and will come out to deceive and mislead the nations which are in the four corners of the earth—[including] Gog and Magog—to gather them together for the war; their number is like the sand of the seashore. And they swarmed up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints (GOD’s people) and the beloved city [Jerusalem]; but fire came down from heaven and consumed them. And the devil who had deceived them was hurled into the lake of fire and burning brimstone (sulfur), where the beast (Antichrist) and false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night, forever and ever.
The Final Judgment: And I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them [for this heaven and earth are passing away]. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the Book of Life; and the dead were judged according to what they had done as written in the books [that is, everything done while on earth]. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, and death and Hades (the realm of the dead) surrendered the dead who were in them; and they were judged and sentenced, every one according to their deeds. Then death and Hades [the realm of the dead] were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire [the eternal separation from God]. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was hurled into the lake of fire.”
It is very scary to read what lies in the future, but by GOD’s Grace and Mercy, I pray that we will all make to Heaven and our Names will be written in the Book of Life. The good news for us; through faith in the LORD JESUS CHRIST we overcome satan. We have discussed in our previous post concerning the Three Enemies That Harm Christian Faith, we can overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil by walking in The Spirit and the strength of the LORD and in the truths of HIS WORD. In the book of Revelation chapter 12 verse 11, it says that “They overcame him because of the Lamb’s blood, and because of the word of their testimony. They didn’t love their life, even to death.” For all those with a heart for GOD, Who relies on GOD’s strength and guidance, it is possible to resist and overcome the devil and his temptations, accusations, oppression, and traps. As we have read in the passage above, when this world has passed away, it will be GOD’s Will that stands for all eternity. Satan, the great deceiver, will finally be thrown into the lake of fire for ever and ever.
So we are going to pray the following prayer points. I don’t know about you, I want myself, my loved ones, and everyone concerning me to be found in the Book of Life. I want us to be in GOD’s team, JESUS team.
- HEAVENLY FATHER GOD, in the Mighty Name of The LORD JESUS CHRIST, by YOUR Grace and Mercy, Precious HOLY FATHER, may YOU put our names and the name of our loved ones and everyone concerning us, in the Book Of Life. This we pray in the Mighty Name of The LORD JESUS CHRIST. We choose YOU GOD. We choose YOU LORD JESUS. We choose YOUR Salvation for our souls and lives. We believe in YOU GOD and YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST. We choose to be YOUR Children. We choose YOUR Ways. This we pray in the Mighty Name of The LORD JESUS CHRIST.
- HEAVENLY FATHER GOD, in the Mighty Name of The LORD JESUS CHRIST, from today, we disassociate ourselves from anything has to do with the devil or satan. We uproot all seeds of the devil in our lives from their roots that may have been planted or programmed in our lives and those of our loved ones by the fire of the HOLY SPIRIT and the Blood of JESUS. We cancel and rebuke all associations and communications with the devil and its advocates. We break every contract with the devil in the Mighty Name of The LORD JESUS CHRIST. We close all openings that give the devil legal rights into our lives to torment and defile us, in the MIGHTY NAME of the LORD JESUS CHRIST we pray.
- HEAVENLY FATHER GOD, in the Mighty Name of The LORD JESUS CHRIST, we ask for the new beginnings. Open the doors for us and our bloodlines for the life of holiness and purity. Forgive us LORD of our sins and our ancestors’ sins. Establish us in YOUR Righteousness with YOUR Foundations LORD JESUS. Forgive us LORD, remove our evil foundations, and bring YOUR Salvation into our lives and those we love and we are associated and concerned with. Let it please YOU LORD to help us come out from the kingdom of darkness to YOUR Kingdom LORD JESUS. Forgive us LORD. This we pray in the MIGHTY NAME of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
- LORD JESUS, wash us with YOUR Blood and cleans us from all our unrighteousness. Guide us with YOUR HOLY SPIRIT and YOUR WORD. Establish even our daily thoughts to align with YOUR Precepts. Impart the Spirit of YOUR Wisdom in us, and help us to walk blameless before YOU. GOD we don’t want to be separated from YOU, not today, not ever. Please do not cast us away from YOUR Presence. This we pray in the Mighty Name of The LORD JESUS CHRIST. Thank YOU HOLY FATHER. Amen.