Summary: If Satan can’t keep you from serving God, he will try to keep you where you’re at. Find out the walls that contain you.
There is a satanic attack against the Christian in these last days.
Some of you here this morning, Satan is doing everything he can to get you to backslide.
Others of you, Satan is doing everything he can to keep you from going forward. There are many Christians that Satan has contained and has kept ineffective and powerless in these last days.
Satan knows that his time is almost up, so he is doing everything he can to keep you from making an impact against his kingdom.
I’m tired of seeing church after church and Christian after Christian living bound by the enemy. I’m tired of the world thinking that the church is powerless, and God’s people are feeble minded.
The Lord spoke to my heart yesterday and told me that some of you are being contained. There are too many believers that are being held captive. There are too many believers that the enemy is running all over. There are too many families that are about to be destroyed.
I’m tired of the enemy trying to keep the Maranatha Church of God contained and ineffective.
Some of you want to move forward. Some of you are trying to get out of the problems you’re in. Some of you want a closer relationship with God. But it seems like every time you take one step forward, the enemy is doing everything he can to make you take two steps back.
If that’s the condition you’re in this morning, I’ve got news for you. I’m here to expose the enemy and give away his game plan.
I’m here to tell you this morning that God has more than enough power and strength to deliver you out of the snare of the enemy and your pit of despair.
I’m here to tell you this morning, there’s not a problem or an obstacle that God can’t move for you.
I’m here to tell you that the devil can’t build a big enough wall to keep God from coming on the scene.
I’m here this morning to preach to the captive, the bruised and the bound, that today is your day to stand back and see the salvation of the Lord! Could somebody say amen!
Our scripture text tells us that we are not ignorant of his devices. I want us to look at this word devices for just a moment. The Greek word here for devices is noema which means thoughts, purposes or designs.
We know in Jeremiah 29:11 God reveals to us what His has plans and thoughts for us are. His plan is to prosper you, not harm you and to give you a hope and a future.
2 Corinthians 2:11 let’s us know that the enemy has plans and thoughts of his own for us. You need to understand something this morning. The devil will try take advantage of every failure of yours, using it to get into our life and try to cause our downfall.
Make no mistake about it. Satan hates a true child of God. I don’t believe that lukewarm Christians bother the devil too much because he knows that God doesn’t like that type of Christian.
But find a believer that really wants to experience God and live right before God, the enemy is sitting in his war room trying to plan your demise.
Let’s look at three areas that the enemy is trying to contain you with this morning.
I. The first major are of containment is in the area of finances.
There’s more controversy in churches, more marriages destroyed, more stress brought on in the area of finances.
Here’s one thing that we need to understand, that your finances are a spiritual matter. If Satan can contain your finances, then he can begin to contain our church from growing and prospering as God intends for it to.
God’s plan is for you to help finance the work of the church. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard pastors say they don’t have the finances to do what they need to do.
We’ve even face it here. But what has happened, Satan has sold some of you a bill of goods that keep you from being blessed the way God wants to bless you and has you living under God’s penalty.
There are two lies the devil enjoys peddling. First, all the church wants is your money and the second one is the enemy has convinced some that they don’t have enough money to give to the church like they should.
The reason some of you are struggling in your finances is the fact you’ve been listening to the enemy and because of that you’ve been robbing God and you’re living under a curse.
How many knows it’s bad when you’re living under a curse from God. If Satan can convince you that you can’t afford to pay your tithe and give in the offerings, or the church doesn’t really need your support, then he’s got you living under God’s judgment.