a puppet. The "us" was the demon and his host.

Satanís ultimate goal is to have control. He can possess those who donít have the Holy Spirit within.

He canít possess true Christ followers, but he does want to manipulate us and hinder our work for God and the growth of our faith.

Remember what Jesus said to Simon Peter? "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat." (Luke 22:31)

Simon thought he would be able to go through all the trials with Jesus without cracking. Though his faith didnít fail completely, he miserably flunked a major test. He disavowed all knowledge of Jesus when Jesus was being falsely accused and beaten.

Peter was given another chance and he learned from his mistake, but we need to learn from it also. Satan is out to sift us.

Thatís why Peter would later write in one of his letters to the churches this admonition: "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." (1 Peter 5:8)

If you think the devil doesnít do some of his prowling in church you havenít been around long. Satan even has control of the pulpits in some churches.

Listen to what the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15:

"For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what they deserve."

3. The devil goes to church because heís seeking worship.

The devil wants to be worshipped as if he were God.

Isaiah 14:12-14 - "How have you fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, íI will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.í"

Remember what the devil said to Jesus? "All this I will give you, if you will bow down and worship me." (Matthew 4:9)

Satan worship will characterize the Great Tribulation. (Rev. 9:20) Satan will even resurrect the beast and kill everyone who doesnít worship him. (Rev. 13:15)

Satan will be able to accomplish for a short while what he has longed for all along.

But until that day comes the true follower of Christ is involved in a struggle. Our great struggle is not with paying our bills or staying healthy. Our greatest struggle is a spiritual one.

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Ephesians 6:12)

Forget the war on terror for now, even though Satan is behind it. Letís focus on the spiritual war that exists to hinder the work of God.
Thanks, praise the Lord! You are a blessing in Jesus name.
Very Rev. Sam Aidoo-bervell
February 1, 2012
An interesting, thought provoking and challenging topic: I do remember his presence in the palace of God as stated in Job 1. He is a false accuser of the brethren. He must be exposed always. Christian, arm yourself with the word of God. Thanks.
Andrew Kistensamy
May 3, 2011
Bless you all I''m from South Africa, it''s unbeleivable
Chelsea Rey A. Nacaytuna
July 17, 2010
wow! this is great!