Satan’s Targeting Gods People

My last blog was about how Satan is destroying the church. This is the continuance of how destructive Satan is.

Satan’s goal is to seek and destroy you. 

I have been having a heavy heart when it comes to Satan’s ploy. His plan is to kill and destroy anyone who believes in Jesus Christ.

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God calls us to “be alert and of sober mind,” watching out for the schemes of the devil who “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

If you are a believer of Jesus Christ, then Satan hates our guts with a passion. He is the serpent and ruler of this world. We must stand firm and resist Satan. We can’t be naive and we must be prepared.  God has given us the tools that we need in order to stand firm.

For a while, well a long while, I have been praying about what God’s plan is for my life. God has a plan for all of our lives. We also need to understand that the enemy (Satan) has plans for our lives also. With all of the voices in our heart and minds, we have to decide who we are going to listen to. We also must choose who we are going to follow. If we aren’t paying attention, we will get caught in Satan’s snares.

God has given us His Word and if we follow Christ and focus on His Word, then we’ll have wisdom and the tools to stand against the enemy. We must put on the full armor of God. We need to be alert and pray that God will equip us to “stand strong.”

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When we put on the full armor of God we can stand against Satan’s lies and schemes.

The Armor of God

Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV) 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Read More…

There are 2 types of weapons when we put on the Armor of God. These are the only ways that we can stand firm against Satan.

Defensive Weapons; 

  • Truth
  • Righteousness
  • Gospel proclamation
  • Faith and Salvation.

Offensive Weapons;  

  • Prayer
  • Sword of Scripture

Additional Bible Verses;

  1. (1 Pet 5:6-8) 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
  2. (Rev 2:10) 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. .
  3. Thess 2:18 18 because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us.He may hinder [cut in on, as in a race] your gospel witness and steal it from unsuspecting hearts
  4. Matt 13:19 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.
  5. Acts 5:3 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?

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Satan knows that we love God. Satan’s goal is to destroy and attack anyone that God loves. He destroys us through a variety of ways. I have listed a few techniques that Satan will use against believers in Christ.

  1. Fear- Satan wants our faith to be in anyone and anything other than God. When we dedicate our lives to Christ, we don’t need to live in fear. In Psalm 34:4 says, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”
  2. Doubting God– We shouldn’t let Satan convince you that you are unloved and not worthy of His love.  In John 20:27  we read about how Jesus appeared to Thomas and told him to stop “doubting and believe.”  27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” When Satan temps you to doubt God, don’t let the confusion and your situation to doubt God. 
  3. Avoiding Church- This is one of the situations that has been heavily on my heart lately. I have been having many people talk to me about how they have decided that it’s time to stop going to church. I can’t go into what is going on. For a while, there have been many heart felt discussions with people who have decided that it is the right time for them to stop going to church. It isn’t always easy to persevere.  My prayer is that those who have decided that they need to go elsewhere that they find a church that will help them become strong in their faith. 1 Corinthians 12 
  4. For you to be led astray- This is a pretty big one for me. It’s so easy to be lead astray. There are those who profess to be a person of faith. We must keep our eyes focused on Christ and to  “Watch out for false prophets. When we rely on the words of men or ourselves instead of God’s Word, we can easily lead others away from Jesus and be led away from His truth ourselves. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Matthew 7:15).
  5. Failure –  Satan wants to destroy us. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 (NIV)  8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

As I get ready to close up this post, I want to be sure to mention that every minute, hour and day we face spiritual warfare and we must be prepared to battle Satan. He wants nothing more than to defeat those who are believers in Christ.

(Eph. 6:10-18) Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”

 

Satan Is Out Destroy Us and the Church

I will be doing a series of posts that will focus on Spiritual Warfare. This first blog post begins with how Satan’s lies and deception. This first post is focusing on Satan destroying the church.

Colossians 1:9-10For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,

Satan a liarWhen I was having a heated discussion with my daughter we were talking about church and meetings. He blinds the minds of unbelievers. Having business meetings on Sundays has been a hot topic for many, myself included. As I was praying about what this blog will be about, I was directed to 2 Corinthians 4:4.  My mind has been blinded and focused on the business meeting and not keeping my eyes open to the light of the Gospel and glory of Christ. Satan keeps us from seeing and hearing of the Gospel.

2 Corinthians 4:4- In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God

slide_2Satan goes out of his way to accuse  and destroy Christians . In  Revelation 12:10 it says, “I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, ‘Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.’” Satan’s defeat is sure. But his accusations haven’t ceased.

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I was planning on posting a different blog, but I think this post is needed. For some time there has been a lot of arguing and bickering. It breaks my heart that Satan is doing all He can do to destroy families and churches. This was going to be a post on something else, but at this point, God put this on my heart.

 

You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

It seems as if Satan has been doing his best to wreak havoc and destroy those who love the Lord. Satan has been causing chaos at church. I’m not a pastor but, I do observe things and I do my best to encourage others to follow Jesus and do my best to focus on Him and not on Satan. I know that Satan loves to hurt and destroy people and churches. Satan certainly goes out of his way to interfere with what God’s church is doing.

Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. (1 Pet. 5:8)

Satan is the Father of Lies

 Satan is a liar and he is the father of all lies. When Satan appeared the first time in the Bible that would be Genesis 3. His first words that he spoke were to bring cause suspicious of the truth (“Did God say, You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?”). Then he continued to say that “you will not die”. There isn’t anything that Satan says has anything to do with the truth, because there isn’t any truth in him. When it comes to Satan, we are dealing with deception and lies.

John 8:44- You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

“When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). The first time Satan appears in the Bible in Genesis 3, the first words on his lips are suspicious of the truth (“Did God say, You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?”). And the second words on his lips were a subtle falsehood (“You will not die”). John says that Satan “has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him” (John 8:44). We are dealing with the essence of falsehood and deception.

Satan Disguises Himself

You may have heard the saying, (“A Wolf in Sheep Clothing”) Satan disguises himself as a a sweet innocent sheep if that would help us trust him. Paul says that there are people who are posing as apostles and that even Satan has disguised himself as an angel of light.

In 2 Corinthians 11:13–15, Paul says that some people are posing as apostles who are not. He explains like this: “Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness.”

2 Corinthians 11:13–15 -For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 4 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

While I’m having a hard time dealing with the damage that Satan has been doing, I find hope knowing that Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire.  Satan is on a leash and there will come a time when his reign will cease.

Revelation 20:10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Prayers Needed Concerning Our Church and Believers

Our church family and churches all over could use your prayers in these areas. Let’s join together as a church body and pick up the Shield of Faith and the Sword of the Spirit as we take our place on the front lines for Faith Family in praying:

Ephesians 4:1-3: “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” 

  • That God will protect our church and our Pastor .

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Psalm 127:1

  • For the believers and seekers in our congregation

Please pray for our eyes to be opened and that the Lord provides knowledge and wisdom to those who are seeking.  Please open our eyes and heart to know that it is You who are speaking and not Satan.

  • Please pray that God will build up His house and that His Will is done.

Jeremiah 42:2-3: “Let our plea for mercy come before you, and pray to the Lord your God for us, for all this remnant—because we are left with but a few, as your eyes see us—that the Lord your God may show us the way we should go, and the thing that we should do.”

  • This is one of the areas I really need to focus on instead of the stupid things. Please pray without ceasing.

Ephesians 6:18-20: “Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.” 

Prayer For Our Pastor

  • Dear God. there are so many obstacles out there for pastor. Pastors all over the world are being attack by the enemy and we come to you to ask for your protection. Keep him and encourage. Thank you for bringing him and his lovely wife Kathi to our church.