(1) We read in Luke 10:17-20, “The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name." 18 He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
If he starts to rob you of anything in your life, tell him to get his filthy hands off! You belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, and he has already won the victory!
IF THE DEVIL REMINDS YOU OF YOUR PAST, REMIND HIM OF HIS FUTURE!
(2) Paul said in 2 Corinthians 11:3,14 that Satan deceives us through subtlety and that he appears as an ANGEL OF LIGHT, deceiving, and lying with half truths – the most deadly of all and easiest to swallow.
Do you see what the devil does? He tries to bribe us into compromise.
Satan wants you to live at such an impoverished level as a Christian, that the joy of the Lord is absent, and therefore your strength has gone! How many saints here this evening feel defeated? Then look up, and see Jesus with the keys of death and hades – he has won the victory!
WHAT IS KEY TO OVERCOMING THIS WORLD, IS RESTING IN HIS WORD!
Years ago there was a popular bumper sticker that said “God said, I believe it and that settles it!”
We need more than ever to believe God’s Word. One day we’ve got to stop sucking our thumbs and burying our heads in the sand and become the victorious church Jesus died for! AMEN! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!
The next part of Satan’s strategy is to turn you against the leaders God has set over you and who must one day give an account. He tries to make you feel that God’s leaders are trying to harm you and you get offended.
Think about that for a minute. How many times have you heard somebody say, I’m not going down to that church! I know deacon so and so or someone else and do you know what he or she does when they’re away from church? I’m not going down there with those hypocrites!
Today, the heat we face is many times hotter than it was a generation ago. For example, Satan has rigged the entire technology of our age -- corrupting it with seduction, sensuality, lust and temptation. Why do we face such a white-hot furnace of temptation today? Why are lust and sex being used to sell every conceivable kind of product? Why are there thousands of porno websites on the Internet?
Who’s the target of this flood of filth?
Surely it’s not the wicked masses -- those who are already blinded by Satan, according to scripture. It isn’t the secular world, which has already been seduced. No, Satan’s target is none of these. Rather, he has manipulated the media to snare the hearts of overcoming Christians. He wants to weaken and destroy the testimony of the gospel!
Right now the furnace is being heated seven times over in the lives of many believers. Satan has created situations in their homes, on their jobs and in their relationships that are more intense than ever. And many once-strong Christians are giving up, quitting on God. They no longer pray for help. Instead, they think, "My trial is too intense for me to survive!"