Summary: There are two things the devil and I have in common: He hates me and I hate him! So please hear me out. There are some things that the devil do that I wish the children of God would do in ministry. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not going to glorify the dev
Intro: There are two things the devil and I have in common: He hates me and I hate him! So please hear me out. There are some things that the devil do that I wish the children of God would do in ministry. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not going to glorify the devil but use him as an example to challenge Christians.
I. THE DEVIL ALWAYS SHOWS UP (Job 1:6-7; 2:1-2).
A. I could only wish that at least half the church members were as faithful as the devil. You’ll have to admit, say in the last 3 years, if members would have stayed in church and not just passed through it, we would be adding souls to the church.
B. Now you better believe this: That every time the church meets, the devil will show up to defeat the worship of our God. Folks go to church just to get hatched, matched or dispatched!
C. Why do I admire the devil more than some Christians? It’s because you can count on him to show up in every service. Some claim they love God but won’t show up for His work and services.
D. The church of God is a place where you get: 1) Fellowship; 2) Encouragement; 3) Intercession; 4) Instruction; 5) Correction.
E. Next time the church’s doors open, show up and refuse to glorify Satan by your 101 excuses to be absent (Heb. 10:24-25).
II. THE DEVIL NEVER GIVES UP (I Peter 5:8).
A. He will never stop at anything to destroy our church, testimony, joy, and hope. I’m tired with people saying, "I gave up living for Jesus. It’s is too hard." (Like serving the devil is easy?)
B. Preachers and workers say all the time they want to quit. Now you see why I admire the devil? It’s because he won’t quit. But you murmur, complain and quit over the slightest distress.
C. The cults and their workers (energized by Satan) endure hardness and are operating 24 hours a day on Radio and TV. They flood out the airwaves with their destructive false doctrines.
D. We are to be steadfast and unmovable (I Cor. 15:58).
III. THE DEVIL WON’T SHUT UP (Rev. 12:10).
A. He won’t shut up even to tell God about our past and present sins. He is constantly running his mouth about the brethren and accusing them before God saying, "Look at that bunch. That’s what you suffered, paid and died for, huh?"
B. He won’t shut up talking and convincing you with his lies. Yes, he will talk to you if you just give him the chance. If you listen to him for just a few minutes, he can destroy you. King David listened to him and look what happened between him and Bathsheba. Some popular preachers listened to him for a few minutes and their lives and ministries were history (Eph.4:27).
C. He won’t shut up telling you that it is alright to have a little – worldly fashion, pop music, internet porn, entertainment, wine, smoke, drugs, partying, flirting, etc. He won’t tell you later about miserable lives destroyed by such (II Tim. 2:22; I Pet. 2:11).
D. I could only wish that Christians would stop imitating the devil and shut their mouths by not gossiping, backbiting, lying, and deceiving among themselves (Eph. 4:25, 29, 31).
E. I could only dream that Christians were as zealous as the devil in testifying about Christ our Redeemer not only at church, but at home, school, office, and the neighborhood (Psa. 107:2).