Summary: Living in these times of worldly pleasure
Living in the Light of Eternity
As we continue on this morning with Part 2 of this series,
It would be wonderful if I could tell you that the devil give up when you turned your life to God.
He admits defeat and he gives up.
I’d like to tell you that but I can’t.
I can tell you that you can have power over every power of the enemy!
I can tell you biblically that you can overcome every one of the devil’s tricks and traits.
You can have an experience where you can stand unmovable.
Not moved by the power of Satan.
But with all of that, my friend, we have to own the fact that when we turn our lives over to God, we as it were changed uniforms, we’re in another army.
According to the bible there are two armies out here and we’re in another army.
And the devil doesn’t give up.
My friend, he has one thing in mind, that’s to knock us out and he does a great way at work in this day and time.
We know there was a day when Christianity suffered more outward persecution, Aman, persecuting fires and heads being cut off and such.
And it looked like it might develop to the place where we’ll see some of that again before Jesus comes.
But, my friend, over the years of late, the devil has been able to do a greater work by persecuting the spirit of man, by troubling the mind of a Christian.
My friend, the rosters will show in heaven that he has knocked out more people, caused more people to give up in the battle by just troubling them in their minds.
Breaking them down spiritually.
Step by step, than he ever did by bringing outward persecution on the body of Christians.
In the 73rd Psalm David or the Psalmist had this problem that many people have.
Even as late as yesterday I ran into people having problems with the devil putting thoughts in their minds.
Giving them false equations, false ideas.
And I just want to tell you something this morning.
We’ll never get our thoughts straightened out.
Only in one way, coming right back to the blessed old book.
Well, somebody said what happened to the Psalmist.
1 Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure.
2 But as for me, I came so close to the edge of the cliff!
My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.
In other words, he was ready to back slide, lose out with God.
3 For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.
4 They seem to live such a painless life; their bodies are so healthy and strong.
5 They aren’t troubled like other people or plagued with problems like everyone else.
6 They wear pride like a jeweled necklace, and their clothing is woven of cruelty.
7 These fat cats have everything their hearts could ever wish for!
The Psalmist is telling you just exactly the battle that people still have today.
One of the ways that the enemy moves on a Christian.
Getting you to look at people in sin.
And because you can’t get a true picture with your own understanding, he will begin to tell you they are getting along good.
They have more than I have.
They don’t have the battles to fight against wrong.
They just give in to wrong and everything is well with them.
In other words, the devil is selling you on the thought that it really doesn’t pay to serve God.
It pays to serve the devil!
He is just working in different words than in Jesus.
He tempted Jesus in the same points but he came right out straight with his word.
He wanted Jesus to bow down and serve him.
Be a servant of the devil.
And so the devil words on the Psalmist just like he did people today.
He said in verse 8 They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others.
9 They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut throughout the earth.
10 And so the people are dismayed and confused, drinking in all their words.
In other words, if they get out and gossip a little and talk as they ought not, when they get back in the house of God, God takes a word and then thrashes them.
11 “Does God realize what is going on?” they ask.
“Is the Most High even aware of what is happening?”
12 Look at these arrogant people enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply.
But people out here get by, they are never chastened for it.