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December 20, 2020 8:26 pm
Revelation chapter 20 verse one and I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
He would say Merry Christmas with verse two and he laid hold on the Dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up. Everybody say that with shut him down, course Mrs. in the very near future.
My opinion, this will be after the seven years of tribulation that will come upon this planet antichrist of rule and reign as a tyrannical political and religious leader seven years of laugh being poured out upon this planet. After that Christ will return at the battle of Armageddon, the battle of the ages, when the armies and the nations of the world will come against Israel to try to destroy the and the Lord Jesus will intervene in a mighty way and he will destroy the nations with the word of his mouth and guess who will be with him during that time you alive the body of Christ. After that directly he will perform this task. This angel with a chain will change the devil now the Antichrist and the false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire and the devil will be change for a season of thousand years and he will be shut up now by message this morning is that he's already shut up, you realize that that we are fighting a real adversary. In fact if you look at the passage because of the devil and Satan, that's just two names of this maniacal being saved. And of course being the accuser of the brethren, and devil meaning false accuser, the adversary of our soul. What does he accuse us of well sand on for righteousness and condemnation have never felt guilty and just so much condemnation and guilt about things you've done places you've been things that you can't forget about that's his job is to condemn you and make you feel that your sins are not forgiven make you feel that you have to live in a constant state of fear in a constant state of making sure your sins are forgiven and I tell you very easily this morning that you can shut him up, because Christ the prophecy of God in Genesis chapter 3 verse 15 he said the seed of the wall and will cross the head of the serpent and ever since that word came forward. We had assurance of victory over the serpent, the Dragon, the devil soon foot. The adversary Satan. Ladies and gentlemen, you are fighting a real devil you are fighting real demonic principalities and powers, and forces from the spirit world. I'm telling you residuals. Prophecy tells us that Lucifer was an angelic being so beautiful and so majestic that when he would open his mouth that the pipes that were prepared in his lungs would make music before the Lord.
Isaiah tells us that one day he died in his heart that he could ascend and be Bob God and the Bible says seven times.
He said I will referring to Lucifer ascend and be like the most high Jesus tells us that it wasn't long after that that he saw him fall like lightning from heaven, he fell from the third heaven to the second heaven the spirit world and Ephesians 2 verse two now says that he is the prince of the power of the air. He is ruling and reigning in the spirit world. Now, you may not be fighting the devil directly because he can't be everywhere at one time but I can promise you, you are fighting, his minions, you are fighting indirectly the devil through principalities and powers, for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers of rulers of the darkness of this world wicked spirits in high places.
That is the truth this morning, but the truth also Jesus has already shut him up.
First John three verse eight he that committed sin in practice the centers of the devil for the devil sin from the beginning and for this reason but son of God was manifested by fish. Our phone works of the devil.
Hallelujah, his blood shuts him up who have redeemed us by his blood, translated us into the kingdom of his dear son.
I'm not born again silver and gold, but I'm born again by the precious blood of the Lamb of God came into this world on a pallet of straw, but he's coming back is a little victory in power because of you shut him up when you come to Jesus Christ and you say yes to him.
You shut the devil's mouth. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. The apostle Paul said what I want to do. I don't do what I don't want to do that seemingly what I do. Raise your hand if you ever felt that way sure you have any set, who shall deliver me from this body of death, and they said thanks be to God through our Lord Jesus Christ does not allow us to walk in condemnation, but in the spirit of the life in Christ. I don't know about you but I'm glad my sins are forgiven below this week already. John, I have a few times and guess what, so have you. But aren't you glad that he hasn't dealt with us according to our sin upon him by his mercy and his grace I say you are saying it's the devil's mouth by grace you are saved through faith and not of yourselves, it is a gift of God not of works lest any man should boast about say this morning say if you call him Lord little to let the devil tell you anything about your salvation all hallelujah the fact that he's tearing your mind up about it is a fact that you are say I just remind them it's not too many more years from now going to be change for a thousand years shut them up. But with me it would jump for four powerful passenger all I feel the Holy Spirit jumper for I tell you I'm tired of the devil. I'm tired of them telling our children they have to take their lives.
I'm tired of them telling sick people that they'll never be healed.
I'm tired of them telling people that well what you did was so terrible it will always linger and live with you. Luke chapter 4 verse 31 love this. Get ready to shout Luke four, verse 31, came down Jesus came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the Sabbath days and they were astonished at his doctrine for his word was with power and authority, but I'm telling you the same word has the same power today and in the synagogue there was a man which had a spirit of an unclean devil and cried out with a loud voice, saying, let us alone. What have we to do with the about Jesus of course I'll come to destroy us and I know who thou art the holy one of God I'll tell you something. That's not a bad thing to be recognized by the devil.
I tell people all the time that those because we always get this complex about those who are living in sin who say God is real and that Jesus stuff is funny business. Sometimes they seem like they have it on easy street a way that the world may look at easy Street right, but the reality is is that when you make a commitment to Christ, you are automatically placed upon the hail was hitless, you realize that and he's going to turn the heat up and coming after you fill follow you the principalities I'm talking about the following they'll look at your tendencies up. Listen to what you say and dealt temperature and try you accordingly. Why because they study they know they been around a long time, and their goal is to pull you away from his presence.
His goal is to kill, steal and destroy your life, whether it's 303 is coming after you. What I'm saying, so they know who he was. Jesus verse 35 did you print out rebuke him say hold my peace. Let's beautiful King James language force shut up.
Come on, a man hold on and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst of this powerful because I'm telling you when you get connected to Christ and you have a power line. The heaven called the Holy Ghost and you get that connection, hot. I'm telling you, you can come to a place in your relationship with God where you will be trying to get rid of the devil.
But he'll be trying to get away from you himself about the Solvay verse two says that it is out of the mouths of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise. If you have ordained strength and it steals the enemy and the avenger.
When we can just worship and magnify God with our voices preacher told me one time he was in Africa. Steve Brock said he was singing and preaching to a million plus an African nation and that there were witch doctors and magicians on the outside of the camp trying to put spells upon everybody when he began to sing the worship of the Lord of people began to raise their hands is witch doctor started putting their fingers in their ears like saying that it hurts my ears and they would fully fund the village. Why because it's a place that sells the avenger when you are feeling anxious and depressed.
I will shut him up. I can assure you, because you can't please I'm still at the same time you can't worship the same time magnify God with no voice at the same time, shut him up all God help and he came out of in verse 35 and hurt him not, why he wanted to get away from the spell because now he had a connection to Jesus folks verse 36 and they were all amazed and spake among themselves who got what a word is this for the Florida MPower. He commands the unclean spirits and very come out if I could just help you understand what kind of authority you really have one of these days when were hanging out around the throne of heaven and God is judging those of the great white throne judgment. All those will be cast into the lake of fire. Isaiah says were going to see this puny little devil and I were to look at him and were to say is this the guy that tried me all those years.
Is this the guy that really tormented me all that time.
Is this the guy that really calls me to be so anxious and fearful that I could hardly move. Is this the guy that wanted me to think that I would spend eternity with my Savior so I try to look at him like that now because of the natural I may not look like much, but in the spirit among us will and that's what the devil sees you know about a man is a 90 pound grandma play the Holy Ghost down, but I seen them cast out devils and polluted with the power of God that would make me shattered in fear of my head between my words and I need to put up or shut up.
Why because they had a connection with God but shut the devil up. He's already defeated glory. I love what a word is this to what kind word. It is is what John declared said in the beginning was the word and the Word was with God Word was God.
The little goss bit splash in who God is and will talk about light in the darkness, the planets aligned just right John when he was born and shined over that little baby led the Magi right where he was. The Bible says that the glory of God shone round about, and the word was wrapped in swaddling clothes. What a gift.
What a gift you have unwrapped him this how by taking hold of a powerful word go with me to Matthew four is returning to remind you about Ephesians chapter 6 and verse 10 that says be strong in the Lord and in the power of his smarts and wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that you can withstand Vollmar's of the devil that were wiles in the Greek we get our root word method. What kind of methods.
What kind of tricks does he use to try the people of God telling you, he'll use them all go use offense you use anger who use unforgiveness use the lust of the flesh, the lust of the time the plight of life is and he's tricky. You have authority, but he is smart I'll tell you something we need to remember that we are strong in him and in the power of his might.
When it comes to the battle of the wits.
The battle of the witnesses all determined upon your ability to respond right so if you want to match wits with the devil you better be ready to respond and he's not afraid of anything you say and he's not afraid of anything you do. In fact, the sons of Steve, I learned that the hard way by Solvay, apostles, casting out devils by something we could do that, Florida God, within 3 to 5 minutes blood test out devils. Somebody get saved and called a bridge that will pastor six months later, only for the devil to beat him to death. Listen, it's a good thing that they know who you are in Christ. They did know the sons of Steve beat him half to death. But back stills become so harshly that they rip her clothes off and embarrassed battle of the wits right except Paulino Silas we know. But but who are you I wanted to know who I and I remind myself every time it gets hard. People get funny things are difficult.
I remember I'm called of God.
You're called of God, and if you made a commitment to crops that will get difficult and it will get hard and he is a tricky devil and he will try to trick you into believing that you don't have what you possess which is authority over him, and every capacity of your life Matthew for look with me quickly and look at verse one. This is of course right after Jesus was baptized. The Holy Spirit descends upon them in the form of a dove, and God speaks from heaven. This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.
They had revival on the riverbank, Florida, God, right after that. Just worry goes into the wilderness. Now let's see how he got there, showing universal then was Jesus led up of the who into the wilderness that's important because sometimes the Holy Spirit is going to lead you into a time of testing point on the devil be able to discern the fact that the Holy Spirit is leading you to a place where you have to trust him. Let me tell you. The Lord will never allow you to be in a place in a position in your life where you do not need him. And if you want great faith great faith is what greatly tested them on a man so if you asking for more faith, get ready job is going to give you the opportunity to have it. I got all our and he to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted 40 days and 49. It was after word hungry. Now think about that, no water, no food for 40 days for when the tempter came to him, he said, if thou be the son of God, command that these stones be made bread. The tempter just another name for it is attempt all men, every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. And guess what he knows what your lust is enough he's watched you long enough, the notion but he answered and said, it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
Jesus was tempted in the flesh right here is tempted, in the flesh, just like we are tempted in the flesh, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the tires and applied of life. And here we have the lust of the flesh command bestows to be made bread Jesus what is his response. The word of God. Remember what I said and look for what kind of word is this is the word is declared word and hear his quality were that he inspired her to combat temptation and to shut the devil up. How did he do it with his word. All right, then the devil takes him up into the holy city sets him on the pinnacle of the temple and set up to him, if thou be the son of God, cast myself down. For it is written, he shall give his angels charge concerning how did their hands they shall bear the up less the best five for against the stone Jesus once again highlighted it is to we could say the Bible say the Bible declare emphatically. Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God's now here's the devil gets tricky because he called Scripture to but he quotes it incorrectly now heard some people use scripture out of context I tell you what tell you some stories well.
The Bible says this is what the Bible said no that's not what the Bible says so. Context is key when studying the Bible right tools to studying the Scripture on context to context in #context to be correct because I promise you, the devil will try to misconstrue the Scripture to the will and twisted and turned it to make you believe something that's not been doing it a try to go with the son of God. He tried to do it with the Lord himself. And here we go.
It's thou shalt not tip the Lord I got again, the devil takes a bit, well, so here we have applied of life, the devil wanted him to take his life into his own hands. Now he tempt you to do that all the time. You don't realize take your own financial situation in your own hands. Take your health in your own hands will get prayed for don't hive take it in your own hands. Make your own way because you are in control of your life.
He wants you to believe that and folks when you are anchored in Christ, he is your source. Are you hearing what I'm saying.
If you are born again truly faith in Christ. I'm telling you that you will rely upon when you are tempted with the flesh and with the pride of life. Your life is in his hands. You believe it shot a man. All right, verse eight. Again, the devil takes him into an exceeding high mountain shows him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of the false glory and said about him. All these things will I give, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him get through him. Satan is writer.
Thou shalt worship the Lord by God and him only shalt thou serve. So here he tempts him with not the lust of the flesh, not the pride of life, but the lust of God's eyes.
Once you see and what you think you want the best job the best paychecks the best parking spot. The pension all the glory. But the work and nothing wrong with having any of that effect. Praise God for his blessings in our lives but never be so prideful to think that you have anything to do with. Even people who are not saved and they prosper. That's the goodness of God. I believe, leading them to repentance on a man it's all from him. He's in control the whole you believe it shall give but never put your aspirations in your dreams before the Lord Jesus Christ feel tempt you with it, you'll tempt you with the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life, but the best way to shut him up is to give them the word. Come on, a man give him the word. It is written