Summary: Explains how Satan opperates.
1) His Devices are Merciless Ill. Job
2) His Devices are Motivated They are attacks on The Fruits of The Spirit.
3) His Devices bring about Madness or Miracles
3A) Madness leads to Panic
3B) Miracles leads to Praise
Every Christian can understand “Satan’s Devices”, by examining the examples found in Mat. 12:22-50.
1) He Attacks The People v. 12-23
1A) Satan Affected This Man’s Spirit
Gal. 5:22-25 2 Cor. 2:1-17
1B) Satan Affected This Man’s Sight
1B1) The Sinner is Blinded Concerning The Vicarious Death (Rom. 5:8)
1B2) The Saved are Blinded Concerning The Victorious Duty
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
1B3) The Saint is Blinded Concerning The Vision of Deliverance
1 Corinthians 10:31-33 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
1C) Satan Affected This Man’s Speech
Proverbs 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
2) He Attacks The Prince v. 24-37
2A) He Attacks The Unity of The Prince v. 25-28
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
2B) He Attacks The Uniqueness of The Prince v. 29-33
2C) He Attacks The Urgency of The Prince v. 34-37
Luke 12:37-40 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
3) He Attacks The Power v. 38-45
3A) He Attacks The Power of The Word v. 39-41 (41)
1 Corinthians 1:17-24 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
3B) He Attacks The Power of The Witness v. 42
Ill. Solomon was a Great Witness in 1 Kings 10 (to Sheba), but sin caused his witness to fail.
3C) He Attacks The Power of The Washing v. 43-45
Ill. Satan being removed from your Imagination, and coming back worse.