by David J. Stewart
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world." —1st Peter 5:8-9
We read in Isaiah 14:12-17, "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?"
The devil is a malicious thug, who seeks only to hurt and destroy people's lives. This is what 1st Peter 5:8 tells us, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." The Greek word for "devour" means "to make disappear"; hence, Satan wants to either kill you or render you useless for God.
Notice carefully what the Word of God says concerning Lucifer (Satan). One day Satan will be cast into the pit of Hell, and we will all see his true colors, i.e., who he really is. The Bible says that we shall look "narrowly" (picture someone squinting their eyes in disbelief). We are all going to surprised when we all see just how little of a weasel, pipsqueak, wimp, and good for nothing liar ... that Satan really is. We will say in disbelief ...
"...Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms...?"
Satan is a Master Liar!
Oh, Satan comes to the world as a roaring lion, speaking swelling words of pride, making many promises; BUT, he is a LIAR, and the father of all liars (John 8:44). Here is a lesson on lying ... now pay attention class:
There's a dark magic in boldly lying, in telling a big lie – repeatedly, with a straight face and with confidence and authority.
One of the greatest liars of the last century – Adolph Hitler – taught that the bigger the lie, the more believable it was.
During WWII, the U.S. government's Office of Strategic Services – a precursor to today's CIA – assessed Hitler's methods this way:
"His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it. "(emphasis added)
In his 1925 autobiography "Mein Kampf," Hitler – who actually did lie his country into war, and a whole lot more – explained with remarkable insight the fantastic power of lying:
… [I]n the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying. These people know only too well how to use falsehood for the basest purposes. ...
Let's bring this explanation down to earth with another example: Suppose, right before an election, one candidate accuses his opponent of immoral or illegal behavior. Even if the charges are totally false, and even if the accused answers the charges credibly and effectively, "the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it." Which means, no matter how effectively the accused candidate answers the charges, some people will still believe he's guilty, and many others will still retain varying degrees of doubt and uncertainty regarding the accused, who may well lose the election due to the cloud hanging over his head. This, as Hitler said, is the magic of lying that "is known to all expert liars in this world …" -SOURCE (World Net Daily--Why politicians lie, and why we believe them--April 10, 2006)
What I have just shared with you
should cause you to start thinking, and asking many more questions. The
average person is woefully ignorant concerning the truth about so many things.
Don't Let Satan Intimidate You!
Lions use their roar as a device to intimidate their victims, and it is very effective. Just as the "Great Ozz," in The Wizard of Ozz movie, who fabricated a false scary image to intimidate others, so does Satan try to intimidate us; BUT, he is just a little coward behind the curtain. Satan is a wimp, a low-life thug, who will do anything in his power to corrupt and destroy. Jesus warned us in John 10:10, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy..." The Word of God has nothing good to say about Satan!
Satan often tries to intimidate people with lies! We should NEVER compromise our moral standards! Many mothers have woefully made the decision to have their child murdered in an abortion, due to the intimidating pressure exerted upon them, and lies told, by a Planned Parenthood (Herodhood) counselor. Many young women have allowed themselves to be sexually defiled, by the intimidating lies of an evil man, who promised her rainbows; BUT, instead delivered heartache, betrayal, and loneliness. He comes to the young woman, like the Devil, and says ... "If you really love me, then you'll let me go all the way." I get letters from witches, homosexuals, and others, all the time, who state, "If you really love people, then you won't preach against their sins." However, nothing could be further from the truth. It is because I love people that I do preach the Word of God, contend for the faith, and defend the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word. Hell is real, the consequences of sin are severe, and people need to be warned. The man who truly loves a woman, will not try to intimidate and pressure her to commit immorality. Sex is only acceptable within the God-given bounds of marriage! All premarital or extramarital sex is sinful. God wants a lifetime commitment between a man and a woman before they have sex. The godless world promotes one-night stands, shacking up, and even legal prostitution in places like Nevada. It is an abomination unto God, and the work of Satan. Don't ever let Satan intimidate you into doing anything wrong.
The Catholic Church is massive,
boasting a membership of over 1,000,000,000 people. This intimidates
many people. Surely so many people couldn't be wrong? The Pope,
and the archbishops, and others, speak in Latin--as if they know something we
all don't. They dress in their extravagant religious garb, and perform
all sorts of ceremonies--as if they are truly God's servants.
Tragically, people are far more afraid of these imposters, than they are of
God Almighty. Many people follow Catholicism because they are afraid to
die, and they sincerely believe that the Pope must be right. But I tell
you my friend ... The Pope is a dope, and he has no hope! The Pope is
the vicar of Hell; NOT Heaven! I say this, not to be unkind; but because
I speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). Don't you let those Satanic
infidels deceive you into Hell.
Satan is an Evil spirit
Satan is a spirit, and; therefore, has the power of spiritual influence upon mankind, who is also a spirit (but encompassed within a fleshly body). This is the great danger in worldly movies, video games, music, and other avenues through which Satan's spirit WILL influence us. Many young people, who saw no harm in listening to rock-n-roll music, one day found themselves living in all sorts of sexual sins (which is the underlying foundation of rock music). Satan is extremely deceitful, and will always sugarcoat his maggot-infested delights. Satan will always show you the neon lights of Las Vegas; BUT, he won't show you the victims suffering from venereal disease, the victims who commit suicide, the victims who gamble their home away, or the female victims who lose their soul and dignity to immorality. A godly woman wouldn't allow her virtue to be defiled for all the wealth, fame, or power in the world. Such women are becoming hard to find nowadays.
Satan is a spirit, and his destructive spirit is prevalent in Hollywood, rock music, television, Walt Disney, the newsmedia, video games, country music, contemporary Christian music, the godless public school system, evolution, heathen universities, modern corrupt Bibles, the Jesus' Papers, The Da Vinci Code, Oprah Winfrey, Sylvia Browne, John Edward, feminism, Dr. Phil, most religion, etc.. Satan is always good for nothing, and up to something. We can escape Satan's attacks, if we will do as the Bible instructs us--RESIST STEDFAST IN THE FAITH. This means we need to be grounded solidly in the Word of God. Accurate Biblical interpretation is known as "sound doctrine." Satan wants to sift every believer as wheat, just as Jesus told Peter (Luke 22:31). We would be wise to live for God. The alternative is to become enslaved by the consequences of sin (John 8:34). Many people, rotting behind prison bars, are learning this truth the hard way. Many women, who aborted their own flesh and blood years ago, are now tearfully regretting the abortion. Many parents, who abused their children, now have to feel the guilt every time they see their adult children, and the grandkids. Many people, who indulged in immoral sexual pleasures, are now taking drugs for the rest of their life to combat herpes (which has no cure). Others have AIDS, to which there is also no cure. Oh how the Devil lies to people, promising rainbows; but, delivering misery, emotional pain, and loss of health. The biggest lies, are the most believable
If you want to identify Satan in the
world, then you must look for his spirit (Ephesians 2:2).
Satan Always Appears as a Good Guy
"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light." -2nd Corinthians 11:13-14
Contrary to all the images of Satan having horns, a pitchfork, and a tail; Satan appears as an angel of God. This is critically important to understanding the Word of God, and demonism. Ironically, most people in the world today are following Satanic deceptions, which APPEAR as being of God; but they are of the Devil. One such organization is Planned Parenthood, which appears to be helping women; but, they are mass-murderers according to the Bible. Another Satanic organization is the Catholic Church--which bows to idols, venerates (worships) dead saints, idolizes Mary, prays vain repetitions, teaches works salvation, and blasphemously teaches that their priests have the power to forgive sin. The world is filled with such demonic false religions, who are leading the masses into Hell. Islam is another damnable organization, who denies Jesus Christ. Don't believe the lie, not for one second--that Muslims and Christians worship the SAME God. No, we don't! The Korah clearly states in, The Women 4.171, that God has NO Son. In sharp contrast, John 3:16 in the Word of God declares that God DOES have a Son, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." The Koran even goes as far as to claim that Jesus never died, nor was He crucified (The Women, 4.157). Clearly, Islam and Christianity are DIAMETRICALLY opposed. Yet, the Devil comes to us through MANY false prophets today, even President George W. Bush, who falsely claims that Christians and Muslims worship the SAME God. Allah is a pagan god, who has no son. Jesus Christ is Almighty God (John 10:33; Revelation 1:8), the second Person of the Godhead (John 1:1-3,10; Matthew 28:19-20), the Christ (Luke 2:11), and He is the Son of God (John 3:16)! 1st John 4:14 declares, "And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world." What are you Muslims talking about?
Have you believed a lie? The
world is saturated with false religions, Satanic lies, demonic deceptions,
doctrines of devils, and all deceivableness of unrighteousness. The
answer friend, is the Truth! We read in 2nd Thessalonians 2:9-10, "Even
him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and
lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that
perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be
saved." What a powerful Scripture! Do you love the truth?
Or do you aimlessly follow the traditions of Catholicism, the damnable
heresies of the Seventh-Day Adventists, the cursed doctrines of the Mormons,
the devilish teachings of the Jehovah's Witnesses, the blasphemies of Orthodox
Catholicism, the Satanic lies of Scientology, the Amish cult, the hellish
beliefs of Buddhism, the lies of Hinduism, the Luciferian occult of
Freemasonry, or the damnable doctrines of Lordship Salvation and Eternal
Insecurity? What do you believe? I believe that the Bible is God's
Word, and is the Final Authority!
How to Expose Satan!
Although Satan appears as the good guy, the sure way to expose him every time without fail, is with the Light of God's Word--the Bible. The best way to expose the darkness, is to shine the Lamp of God's Word upon it. This is why the world walks in darkness, because they shine everything EXCEPT the Word of God upon the works of Satan. The reason why is found in John 3:20, "For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved." And also in 1st John 5:19, "And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness." My son recently witnessed to a Catholic man, who refused to get saved. My son came to me later, frustrated, and told me that no matter what he said, the Catholic man would twist the Bible to justify his misconceptions of the truth. I told my son that many people are stubborn, and no matter what we show them, even if we can PROVE our position, they still won't believe. Why? Because people love their religious traditions (Mark 7:6-13). Catholics are some of the hardest people in the world to win to Jesus Christ, because the Catholic religion is extremely materialistic (which appeals to those who have no faith in God). From the cradle to the casket, Catholicism has a ritual. Every Catholic is wholeheartedly trusting in their religion to save them; but, they are all Hellbound in their sins, without Christ.
I could write a lengthy book concerning Satan--a literal individual who hates God, and everything dear to God. Satan is not your friend, and neither are those who follow Satan in this world. Tragically, most of Satan's followers are religious people. Yes, it is crazy; but, it is nevertheless true! The antichrist is coming, and he will appear as a dynamic and powerful leader, and the masses will love him. Satan will influence and control him entirely. Thankfully, the true Church, the Body of Christ, will be removed from the world before he appears (2nd Thessalonians 2:7). MOST professed Christians will NOT be taken, because (as I mentioned) most people have religion without truth, and churchianity without Christianity. Are you saved? That is, have you ever been born again?
Ye Must Be Born Again!