Summary: A message on how Satan has tried to destroy the Power of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. This sermon also describes Satan as the master Counterfeiter.
Satan the Master Counterfeiter
What is Counterfeit?
Fake – anything of Value that can be reproduced to look like the real thing.
Gold = very valuable
Fool’s Gold = Fake, not worth anything.
Diamonds = cubic zirconia
Money = Can be counterfeited
Purses = Can be counterfeited
The list goes on.
Today everything of great value can be faked.
Satan has been counterfeiting the things of God for a very long time.
Why,… to lead others astray.
Over the next few weeks we will be preaching on the different things in our churches, and Christian lives that have been faked and sold to the Bible Believer as the real thing.
Then we sit back and wonder why God is not blessing us.
Its because we settled for a cheap look alike, and not the real thing.
The first thing on a long list of items is the Power of the Resurrection.
The resurrection is something the Devil has always wanted people not to believe in. Why? Because if you believe in a life after death, then you may believe that you can live forever.
Satan has been attacking the Resurrection since the time of Paul and before.
1 Cor 15:12-14
12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
Satan does not want you to believe in Jesus, so the way to destroy people is to say,… sure go ahead, believe in Jesus, but all you will be is a ZOMBIE.
4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
12:1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;
11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.
There have been much emphases as of late on the resurrection. We have seen TV shows about the resurrection and people coming back from the dead.
There has been many movies about dead people coming back to life and the world wants to label everything with a name,…. They like the word Zombies.
Now the Bible speaks of people being resurrected, and they are not Zombies.
When God’s power restores life, it makes people whole.
Satan has tried to put a spin on the power of God by making us think that if your resurrected you will be just a shell of what you where. The people we will look at today are not Zombies, they’re not just a empty shell of a person they use to be. Their lives were restored completely, and they lived, eat, drink, talked just like they did before they died.
He wants the world to think that God cannot make you complete.
Remember,… Satan is a Master Counterfeiter.
His job is to make you believe a lie.
I want to share 8 stories about the resurrection,….