Who is in control, if Satan is the Ruler of this world, while Jesus is the king of kings and lord of lords?
Satan has been a liar since the beginning. He is a defeated foe, who only has a short time remaining, but he has many followers for he is the ruler of this world. He has deceived millions by blinding their eyes to the truth.
The Devil's Schemes. The bible teaches us that the devil has everyone under his control, and it doesn't appear as if he is getting much resistance, for man doesn't want to give glory and honor to God anyways; man wants to satisfy his own desires of the flesh. How does Satan control the world? He is the voice which goes against God, and our conscious, to tell us that God's words are not completely valid or true, so they need some modifications; since they're just not accurate or applicable, so they need to be revised to go along with the times. It sounds right to the world, because a man's ways seems right to him, but God evaluates the motives (Proverbs 14:12; 16:2; 21:2).
Your Naked and Exposed in Your Disbelief of God: You are Bear Before Him. He sees the intentions of a man's heart. He knows when we do not believe in Him, even when we act religious or pious; He knows when we aren't listening and obeying Him. We will ask, why can't two people marry who are happy and love each other? We want these 'revisions' anyways, because His words are condemning the things we love or they forbid the practices of people that we love. How can I hold to these sharp words (Hebrews 4:12) and still be loved and admired by the people around me? It can't happen, so the words of God need ignored, rejected or denied. In a vain attempt to 'cover up' our rejection of His holiness, we use catchy phrases like, "That's not my interpretation,' or ''don't judge,' and other such nonsense, as the Lord will not be mocked. He can see the heart of a man; He sees your nakedness when you want to leave the covering of His words and be out on your own, in your unwillingness to believe and obey His worlds. He knows exactly why you're saying what you're saying.
We Exult Satan over God When we Lift up our Horn. Forgoing the rigidity of the sharp doubled-edge sword, the word, we us more limp words which do not convict the conscious of the insolent God-haters, or the rebellion within our own hearts, as we listened and obeyed the lies that came from the mouth of Satan spoken through his demons and his followers. Man has been following Satan's lies since the beginning, as they are pleasing to the eye and soothing to the ears as they offer empty worldly wisdom and they tantalize the tasting of the exotic forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:6; Romans 5:20). Transgressions are such an enticement, we became slaves with chains holding us in captivity, to this world and it's systems. This chains harden our hearts and darkened our minds to true light of knowledge, and we become foolish (Jeremiah 18:12; Ephesians 4:18-19: Isaiah 6:10; Acts 28:27). These chains hold us down, the oppress us. When Jesus comes to lift His children, those who are chained in the sin of unbelief in God's rich mercy and grace, they will remain; they will not be lifted into eternal life. We are not to be weighed down with the fear and anxiety of this world, for it chains leading to the dark pit of hell. When we engage in such deceptions, we are so blinded that we incorrectly believe that wrong-doing is funny; it's like a joke to a fool (Proverbs 10:23). Instead of seeing it for what it is, chains holding us as prisoners, who need to be saved by a Savior, we thing it's all fun and games. We laugh and live merrily, completely blind to the bright light of Christ which has pierced the darkness and continues to shine. We foolishly and wholeheartedly deny that condemnation awaits such transgressions against a Holy and Righteous God. But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God (Romans 2:5).
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21).
The Depravity of Mankind. With lies as chains to bind us in captivity, we blindly follow Satan and his hoards, because they appear to offer a means to satisfy our own desires; our wants of pleasure, knowledge or power; as Satan so eagerly offers an alternate route to God's path for your life (Ephesians 2:1-3). The ancient path of wisdom and knowledge leading to eternal life is narrow, and it's hidden from most (Jeremiah 6:16; Matthew 7:13-14). The bible teaches that Satan has been a liar since the beginning and lies are his native language, as there is no truth in him (John 8:44); and importantly he has followers who want to carry out his desires (John 8:41, 44). We also know in the end, Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared (1 Timothy 4:1-2). From following the lies, mankind grew a hardened calloused hearts, with minds darkened from a lack of knowledge and understanding, as we gave ourselves over to all kinds of greedy, filthy sensualities (Ephesians 4:18-19) resulting in us being dead in our trespasses (1 John 3:14; Romans 5:17; Ephesians 2:1, 5; Colossians 2:13; Luke 15:24, 32; Psalm 51:5), for the wages of sin are death (Romans 6:23). In summary, everything Satan says is a lie, to malign the word of God, so that he may be exulted in the heavens. He has deceived his followers, so they espouse doctrines of demons, which sound lovely and kind, but they are false teachings which are at war against God's holiness. And if you listen and follow, they will enslave you in chains, as Satan's demons tirelessly drag you to the pit of hell with them, to await the eternal lake of fire. All depravity is based on Satan's lies which satisfy man's desires and wage war against God's holiness.
No Longer Slaves to Sin. You've been set free of the chains that bind you to the pit of hell (Psalm 2:3; Isaiah 58:6), as we read from Isaiah, For God will break the chains that bind his people and the whip that scourges them (Isaiah 9:4a). Jesus took that whip of scourging and by His wounds we are healed (1 Peter 2:21-25; Isaiah 53:5). We are not held down or injured by scathing accusations of our guilt against the holy law of God which were held against us; we have been set free from the oppression of the enemy. For freedom Christ has set us free, stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1). You are free, do not go back to the chains of Satan's lies, for they are not kind or gentle to anyone. They are links to eternal damnation for God's word is true and binding (Hebrews 2:2). God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He does not change; there is no shadow. For just as Satan and the fallen angels will go to the pit to await the eternal lake of fire, so will all of his followers. Believers in Jesus must be maintain their faith throughout their entire lives, giving their whole mind, body and soul to the Lord. We are His possession. His holy temple for the Spirit lives within us.
If we really love the people around us, we will not support them in the weight of their chains of condemnation of believing the lies of Satan which bind them to death. Instead, we will pray and speak the truth over them, for the truth will set them free by breaking the chains.
Dear heavenly Father, open our eyes to Your wisdom and knowledge of truth and light in Your holy word. Help us to understand Your ways, and to know that You, alone, are good, and worthy of all praise, honor and glory. Help us to understand that we life to glorify you, and we do this by believing that You are good and Your words are truth and that Your words are the light and life of man. Amen
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