Summary: No One talks about the destroyer anymore, but he is fast at work. This sermon is to raise awarness of satan and his tatics, and how to defeat him.
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
Isaiah 59:19 The name of the LORD from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.
This word tribulation usually refers to the eschatological woes framed and spoken of in the book of Revelation. However, here Jesus is speaking unto all who live after His death, resurrection and ascension. In other words, although Jesus conquered sin and the grave, because of Adam’s transgressions satan has a lease on this earth.
Here the word for tribulation means, “stress.” It was a promise from Jesus. You will have pressure, strain, anxiety, tension and hassle in your life. No exemptions.
When satan fell from his high place of honor one third of the angels left with Him according to scripture. These angels are now fallen demonic spirits.
Ephesians 6:12NKJ For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Fact: When you are going in the right direction, you will meet the enemy head-on. (These meetings aren’t random.) They have a specific diabolical purpose.
Let’s get this straight: God is good, and the devil is bad. (He hates you!) Jesus didn’t leave you with a disclaimer. He’s filled with “Sozo.”
Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Jesus received for every believer, that He might give to every believer. A large measure of gifts and graces; particularly the gift of the Holy Ghost.
God desires that you learn to live from the inward- out; the inner-man growing because it’s fed.
2 Corinthians 11:14-15NKJ And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
Paul is being attacked from the inside- from men and women pretending to be righteous, but they were false apostles. (Satan transforms himself as an angel of light.)
Because of this: Spirit of Suicide, Spirit of Murder, Spirit of un- forgiveness, spirit of hate, spirit of fear, Spirit of lust, Spirit of pride, Spirit of alcohol, Spirit of porn addiction, Spirit of poverty, Spirit of Gluttony
Hear this statement: “You can be influenced without being owned.” (Maybe you have just rented out a room to satan, or granted him an easement)
Remember the text: In this world you will have stress and tribulation. (You begin to live in a relax mode.)