Summary: The Spiritual war is all around us, and Satan is a master planner, he constantly feeds the world false information about himself and his plans. Many people, including Christians don’t believe he existence,
Satan’s Deception (Sermon 6/2014)
1 Peter 5:6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
In World War II, the Allies planned the greatest sea-land invasion in Europe’s history on June 6th , 1944. The US along with Britain planned a full front line assault against German occupied France in the battle of Normandy. The success of this invasion required a lot of deception. The Allies deceived Germany, so Germany could not put the full force of their might to repel the attack. If the Germans had only 24 to 48 hours in advance that they were to be attacked….it could have been disastrous. The Allies used several methods, knowing this end battle was the real goal.
German agents operating in Britain were given false information; secondly, US and other countries against Germany used inflatable tanks and airplanes, German spy planes were allowed to take pictures of inflatable tanks at British ports thinking they were real. The photos confirmed German intelligence, or so the Germans thought. The deception worked, the Normandy invasion was a success, and Germany diverted their resources from the main battle to false battle and that caused a great victory against Germany in WW2.
The Spiritual war is all around us, and Satan is a master planner, he constantly feeds the world false information about himself and his plans. Many people, including Christians don’t believe he existence, while others see Satan as joke, a cartoon character.
ILL:Two little boys were walking home from Sunday School where the lesson had been on the Devil and one asked the other “What do you think of this devil business?” “Well” said the other boy, “You know how Santa Claus turned out--- it’s either our Mom or your Dad.”
But, like the battle of Normandy, his deceptions about himself, make his assault on a lot of folks easier, because people don’t expect it. Some don’t believe he exists!
**The Bible provides the intelligence and the war plan for the Christian to understand just how Satan operates, so his strategies and deception will not take us in.
We are at war and under attack. Understanding who our enemy is and how he operates, allows us to prepare for the attack, putting us on the offensive, rather than the defensive.
Jesus told Peter in Luke chapter 22 that Satan wanted to sift him like wheat…..he also wants to sift us like wheat….
To sift wheat in Jesus time was to place the wheat on a large stone and tromp on it and beat it to loosen the grain….then throw it up in the air to separate the grain from the stalk.
That’s the reason Apostle Peter knew how to give advice in our Scripture today…. He said to Be sober, be vigilant……Peter also said in verse 9 to Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world
****Peter is saying…resist him and stay strong in your belief. The same way we fought against Germany together believed that their plan would work to defeat their enemy…and it did….but, they did it together…..if I have a prayer need… I usually send an E mail for folks to help me pray…..
But, it doesn’t have to be a request…we should prayer for each other every day because Peter says we all have the same afflictions in as other Christians all over the world.
But, we bring a lot of those afflictions on ourselves by deception from Satan!
It not just personal deceptions …..the world is being deceived by Satan more now than ever.
Let’s look at some of those deceptions that he uses….remember how the war of Normandy was won….it was staging a false war at one place to win a war in another….that’s deception.
Hollywood is the worst deception in the history of mankind I believe….they promote gays and call it human rights…..there are TV shows called “Modern Family…its nothing more than a show for gays.
Large companies invent expensive ways for kids to kill and call them Games…some kids are sitting at those games so long they can’t tell if it’s a game or reality.