Summary: Satan does his best to thwart the plans of God and the preaching of the gospel, but he is a defeated enemy because God has anointed the church with the Holy Ghost and fire!
DON’T MESS WITH US DEVIL
By Pastor Jim May
One of the marks of a true church and of a true Born Again Child of God is that they have power at their disposal beyond anything that the world can produce or that Hell can gush forth.
In Acts 1:8, Jesus said these words to the disciples before He ascended to sit down at the right hand of the Father, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
Mark 16:15-19 gives us this same promise in different terminology, "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God."
Are you full of the Holy Ghost? Have you been baptized with that special anointing of power from on High? Is the “Dynamo” of the Holy Ghost alive in you?
Salvation is the most wonderful thing there is. To have your sins washed away, and to be adopted into the Family of god, is the miracle of all miracles. But it doesn’t stop there, not for those who want to go on into the deeper things of God.
After salvation, there is another experience in God that we should seek after. I know that much of the denominational church world won’t agree with the Baptism in the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance. But I know that which I have received and no man can convince me that this isn’t real or that it is of the devil. A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument. If most of the church world doesn’t want to accept this free gift from God, then that’s their problem. But for me, I want all that God has for me.
The Holy Ghost fell on the Day of Pentecost in that Upper Room, and 120 Believers were filled with the power of the Holy Ghost at one time. That sparked a revival like the world had never seen and gave Peter and many others, the boldness to speak for God and preach the Word like they had never done before. The power of the Holy Ghost turned fear into faith, and suddenly the gospel was unleashed upon this sinful world with a demonstration of just what the power of God can do through the lives of men and women who are sold out, anointed and full of the Holy Ghost and power.
Even in the early days of the church, the religious leaders rejected and persecuted those who were filled with the Holy Ghost. They tried to throw Christians into prison, kill them with the sword, feed them to the Lions, and rip them apart with wild horses. But every time the religious leaders thought that they had finally succeeded in stopping the voice of one martyr, more would step forward in his place to continue the preaching of the gospel.
God’s Word will not be stopped. Satan tried to stop it from the foundation of the world and yet it came forth in the fullness of time and he failed. The organized religions of Israel even tried to stop it from spreading, even though they were the chosen people of God to bring forth the Messiah, but they couldn’t stop it and the kingdom of God grew even larger and more vocal. All through the different periods of human history, right through the Medieval Age, the Dark Ages, the Age of Enlightenment, the Golden Age, into the Atomic Age and now into the new Digital Age, mankind has tried every way imaginable to discredit, destroy and stop the spread of the gospel. But every time the devil and his servants stomp out the flame in one place, it just springs forth in many more. God’s Word will not fail. The whole world will hear the gospel and every creature will have an opportunity to hear the story of Jesus Christ who died for them.
The devil can’t stop the power of the Holy Ghost and every time he tries, he just causes it to spread quicker. Every time he tries, the power of the Holy Ghost just breaks forth from the man or woman of God that he is trying to stop and it knocks the devil back on his heels one more time. Time, after time the devil keeps coming back for more. He has a death wish and He is making his own wish come true.