Sunday, March 11, 2012

Don't Let The Devil Finish Your Sermons

     1.  The Devil Is A Created Being

      The Devil in reality is a created being who uses a lot of smoke and mirrors to get this work done.
Don’t underestimate that he is a powerful created being that operates on the other side of the vail of eternity.
What keeps him in check is that he operates within the perameters that God has established and even though he’s in rebellion against God he can’t violate those perameters without God’s permission.
So to compensate he uses smoke and mirrors, tricks, he uses tactics to take advantage of our humanity.
This is linked to the sermon I preached a recently to him who has ears.
One of the categories of people who have hearing problems are people that don’t know how to hear through the smoke and mirror tactics of the devil.
To hear through those tactics you have to obey James 4:7, Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Today we are going to talk about one of those areas:  

2.  You Have To Resist By Controlling What You Hear

We do that by working to keep the devil from finishing our sermons for us.
What does that mean?
He wants to finish your sentences for you.
Sentences that are forming in your head because of what you have heard preached and from what you have read in the Scripture.
What are the sentences you are forming:
-          I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Phil. 4:8
-          I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus who strengthens me Ro. 8:37
-          If God is for me who can be against me Ro. 8:31
-          No weapon formed against me can prosper Is. 54:17  
-          By His stripes I am healed Is. 53:4-5
-          Thank you for the peace of God that passes understanding Phil. 4:7
-          God loves me unconditionally Ro. 8:38-39
-          His grace is sufficient for me 2 Cor. 12:9
God is speaking life to His people through the input that He is exerting into our lives because we know Him and love Him.
Matthew 4:4
Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from God.  

3.  The Devil Wants To Finish Your Sentences

He wants to write the end to the sermons for you.
He is not called the accuser of the brothers for no reason.
He is an expert accuser.
I can do all things, no you can’t, you’re weak, you’re a failure, you deserve the problems you are having.
He doesn’t hear your prayers He’s mad at you.
You’ve messed up to much.
What about the prayers He hasn’t answered, there’s a reason, you deserve the problems.
God doesn’t like you as much as you think.
Plus you are misinterpreting the Scripture, He’s not as powerful as you think.
There’s a reason that He hasn’t heard you.
You’re a failure.
You have a lot of success but what about all those problems?  

4.  We Have To Resist Him

You do that by beginning to stop him from finishing your sentences.
He doesn’t have personal information about your relationship with God.
God is the originator of keeping your information private.
He only knows stuff about people in general that He uses on you, trying to find something that works.
He thinks like he is seen in the book of job.
Give him enough suffering, take away his health, let his family suffer and lets see how his relationship goes from that point.
Job 1:22
Here’s Job resisting in everything he did not sin by accusing God of wrong doing.
He wasn't about to let the devil finish his sentences.

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