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Summary: We should not be moved by what we see or what we feel, but rather by the God who we know, love, and serve!

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INTRO:

1. Satan is the master illusionist!

· Before David Copperfield, before David Blaine, before Criss Angel, there was Lucifer!

· Illusionists major in the art of optical illusion.

· They divert your attention away from what’s really happening, getting you distracted, so they can implement their “smoke and mirrors” tricks and when you look back at what you thought was real, it appears to be something different altogether!

2. Satan’s specialties

· Making something that’s not real appear real!

· Making you think something is there that is not really there!

· Taking a real situation and thru falsehood and deception, making it appear to be something it’s really not.

3. Satan’s appearances

· First appears in the book of Genesis as a serpent,

· By the time we read Peter’s writings, he appears as a roaring lion,

· By the end of the Bible he has become a dragon!

4. How did this happen?

· Lamentations 1:9b - O LORD, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself.

· Magnify means to cause to appear greater or seem more important...exaggerate!

5. Satan has no real power over the child of God only false illusions

· The main weapon in the enemy’s arsenal is deception.

· Satan deals in FEAR....False.....Evidence.....Appearing.....Real!

6. The cross has taken the power from Satan

· Colossians 2:15 - And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

· Romans 6:14 - For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

· DOMINION – to exercise lordship over, to have control over.

· Matthew 6:13 - And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

7. If we serve God, we have the dominion and power over sin, whether we use it or not!

· Luke 10:19 - Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

· Satan has no power over us, other than what we grant him!

· He has no authority over us, other than what we surrender to him!

· He has no way to hurt us, or destroy us, but his goal is to make us destroy ourselves!

8. The Enemies Goal

· Make something false seem like something real

· Make you act on a false assumption

· Make you lose your hope

· Make you throw your dreams away

· Make you forget your vision

· Make you doubt God’s promises

· Ultimately destroy your life

BODY:

A. Jacob In Our Passage

1. Joseph’s brothers had

· Thrown him in a pit

· Sold him into slavery

· Essentially rid themselves of the “problem”

2. But, one problem remains; what are they going to tell their father?

· Notice their tactics

· They dip their brother’s distinctive coat into the blood of an animal

· They bring it back to their dad, and notice what they said:

· “Here is a coat we found, we don’t know if it’s your son’s or not, only you know!”

3. Notice the power of optical illusion

· It is my son’s coat – Recognition

· An evil beast hath devoured him – Explanation

· Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces - Conclusion

4. But, if someone could have gotten to Jacob they would have told him,

· JACOB, IT’S NOT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE!

· Your promise is not dead, it’s in the process of being fulfilled

· Your dream is not over, it’s just beginning!

B. Jesus called Peter out of the boat to walk on the water with him.

1. And, as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, he was alright!

2. But, something distracted him:

3. And, when his focus was turned from the Master of the storm to the storm itself, he began to sink!

4. STOP WATCHING THE WIND, AND GET YOUR EYES BACK ON JESUS!

C. Elisha had been tracked down by the Syrian King

1. Elisha was sleeping peacefully

2. His servant was a basket case – Carnal perspective

15And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 16And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 17And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

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