How to Defeat Satan: 5/3/09

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James 4:6-10

From the 4th Chapter of the Book of James and verse 6 and the writer said “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith God resisteth the proud but giveth grace unto the humble.  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands ye sinners and purify your hearts ye double minded. Be afflicted and mourn and weep let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he shall lift you up.” That’s reading verses 6 thorough 10 of chapter 4 of the Epistle of James for our devotional today. I’m going to speak on a subject that’s attractive to me and I hope it’s attractive to all of you and the subject is “How to Defeat Satan.” And I can tell you that since I was nine years old I’ve had trouble with him and I can tell you if you haven’t had trouble with him there’s something wrong for instance he may totally have you. He appears to the unsaved in an encouragement of not wanting them to be saved he appears to the saved telling them they don’t have enough and that these things that are going on are alright and so for a few minutes today I’m going to talk to you about defeating Satan. I think the first thing that’s important to know is who the enemy is. If you are in a fight and we are in a fight a struggle and it is a life long struggle and war. Even in our own persons self there is a continuous warfare because of him. The flesh man struggles because of the spirit man. The spirit man has all the strivings and the want to to do what is right in fact the spirit man would never quench the spirit of God. But the flesh man strives against the spirit man and desires the things that the flesh lust after which I’m going to talk about in a few minutes. And the devil is that person. Paul said “when I would do good evil is always present.” And that‘s true with all of us. We refer to that old person as Satan the devil and Lucifer and probably some other names that doesn’t come to me just right now. But knowing that we are in a battle against him we need to continuously be alert. The bible said we need to be sober watchful and alert because your adversary the devil is as a roaring lion seeking who he may devour. His desire is to seek and search out every person their situation. He does not know everything about us he knows our weaknesses our strength and if I might use this word he is a cantankerous fellow and is always encouraging us in the wrong things. I’ll say to you today early that the bible said he was cast out of heaven down to earth and he was cast out of heaven for causing a uprising thinking that he ought to be exalted above God and we know that is not right. And he was cast out of heaven to the earth in one form and then God turned him into another form when he appeared to Eve in the Garden of Eden we are not sure what he looked like. However the scriptures said he was able to transform himself into an angel of light. It’s not always a fellow with horns and bells as we sometimes picture him but he is a person who is desirous and that has desirous things. The things he promises and he does make promises and are enticing to the physical man. He was enticing to Mother Eve when he came into the Garden of Eden and he said “did not God say if you eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil which is in the midst of the garden that you would surely die?” And Mother Eve said we are not to eat of it neither to touch it less we die. And he said and I’m going to paraphrase a little but he said “God doeth know that’s not the way it is.” But God spoke the truth exactly the truth and the devil and his mischief he was up to told the first lie that was ever told in this world. It was enticing in that it caused Mother Eve to disbelieve God and eat of the forbidden fruit and thus give to her husband and the whole race of Adam became sinners in the sight of God. But he’s cast out in the earth Simon Peter said “going to and fro up and down seeking in whom he may devour.” But he hath no desire for the soul of any man saved to completely destroy us. The bible said in the 20th Chapter of the Book of Revelation and John said “I saw an angel come down from heaven having in his hand a big chain.” And he said “he laid hold upon that old serpent the devil and bound him a thousand years.”  Now I’m not going to go out on that this morning and my church at home has asked me to teach on that but I’m not sure I’m capable of doing that but I have learned that it means more than I ever knew it did. I’ll say this to you that Simon Peter said in the 1st Epistle of Simon Peter he said the devil when he was cast out of heaven was bound in chains and God placed a punishment upon him that after while the judgment belongs to him and he’ll be cast into hell the very bottomless pit that burns with fire and brimstone. He’ll be completely separated from God and from mercy and he will be cast into a place where all nations who forget God will be cast into. Having said that to you today James began saying therefore submit yourselves therefore to God and to resist the devil and he’ll flee from you. That’s not a easy thing but we as saved people ought to submit ourselves to the Lord and to be in humility and be in the right spirit to serve him completely in our lives. But the old devil is there to hinder us and to cause us in the flesh man the physical man to quench the spirit of God and so often we do that. The bible tells us we are to use our minds with good and wholesome thoughts now this is a tremendous burden on people to keep your mind focused on where it ought to be. And if you’re not careful it’ll become like the old saying and you know the old saying “an idol mind is the devils workshop.” And so the first thing I really want you to remember today is to keep your minds and your thoughts on God Almighty and the Lord Jesus Christ if we are thinking good things and remembering good things it is easier to turn off the other things for they are just sure to come. I’ll just say to you today that the speech or language of this world is not very wholesome or healthy for us as a Christian. It is very negative I’ll even go on and say this that people continue to use the Lord’s name in vain. A fellow said to me once “don’t pay any attention to my language” he said “I’ve got in a habit and I can’t help it.” And he went on and said “I know it’s not right but I just can’t help it.” And I said to him “that at least I know that you know that it’s not right to use those words” in fact one of the commandments the Lord gave Moses was “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” James said the tongue is a little member but behold how great a fire it kindleth and you all know that to be true. And he said the horses have bits and that the ships have helms that they may be steered or controlled and in as much as we use the bits to control the horses and the helms to steer the ship we ought to also use our positive influence and influence people to use things that are as becometh the gospel of Jesus Christ that it might be wholesome and pure. So the first thing the old devil does to fool with the mind. Have you ever had him to fool with your mind? I’m going to give you an example a young preacher called me one day and told me something and I said son have you ever heard of the devil fooling with your mind and he said yes sir and I think he’s already been fooling with mine and I’ve done the wrong thing and I said I believe that too but I wasn’t going to say it but I was just going to bring it to your attention and he said I’ve already done it and I can’t change that but do you know within a few months he did the same thing again. So I don’t know what he was thinking about this time I had at least warned him and brought it to his attention but not to pick on him but honey he fools with my mind. Does he ever fool with your mind? I don’t know why in the world that a man that’s been saved over 50 years and been trying to preach over 50 years I’ve been trying to preach for 51 years the 29th of June then why in the world the old devil sometimes cross my mind and say “there is no God” have you ever had that to happen to you? Honey I’ve never seen the Lord and I’ve never shook hands with him like I have with you I’ve never touched him with my fingers but at the same time I have as much confidence today that God is real and that he is there as I do that you are sitting on these pews today. There are several reasons the first one is that I’ve talked to him I said I’d never seen him but I’ve talked to him honey haven’t you. Time and again I’ve talked to him when I was nine years old and helpless and lost and on the broad road he answered my prayer. And he answered my prayer and helped me and not only helped me but saved me. Now the same ol’ devil said it’s not so it’s not what you’re looking for it’s not what you need and you need more but this time he made a mistake. I went up on this side of it where I was lost and I got to the spot where I knew the time and the place where something happened to me and what was that something that happened to me. Old Satan said that’s not enough and not what you’re looking for but honey that condemnation was gone that burden was gone that fear was gone and I had peace with God and God’s Holy Spirit was a witness I mean a direct witness to my heart that I had been borned again saved by the grace of God that it had been testified to me right then that I was as much saved as I ever would be. And what the Lord did for me prepared my heart for life for death for the judgment and for all eternity. 53 years this side of that I’m still not afraid I’ve been twice down in the valley of the shadow of death I’ve not tasted death but I was not afraid to face that. I talked to a man this week who said he had been down to the valley of death and he said I wasn’t afraid. He said my heart was fixed I was ready to go but old Satan made a mistake. Leaving that and going on with the mind you be careful in what you think as you go along life’s way. The second thing I want to talk about is sight. The scriptures said the lust of the flesh is the things of this world is what we lust after we have the pride of life and we lust after the things of this world. When lust conceives it brings forth sin and do you know what Jesus said? Lust is not sin but it produces sin. We all have lust in the physical man but it said when you lust to crucify that lust it means to put it to death and cast it away less it produces and brings forth sin in our lives and it can do that thorough our sight. We have wondering eyes and our eyes cause us to desire for things that look good. I said to you today if we get close to God we can look unto Jesus who is the author and the finisher of our faith to help us and to guide us. The bible tells us the spirit of God will lead us into all truth. The Psalmist said he will lead us in the paths of righteousness for his name sake and we can follow that. The next thing is sound the things we hear and Satan can even encourage our suppose to be friends to get us into mischief and trouble with the Lord. I have usually said to you we need to be careful about our friends and we need to be careful where we are and where we’re seen. I have told you and I don’t think this was wrong but the perception of it was wrong but Bro. Butler was a preacher from Macon County and people liked Bro. Butler and he decided he would go to the county fair and so he went and he ran into one of his church members and they said well Bro. Butler I thought you would never have been to this place and so he wasn’t doing anything wrong or saying anything wrong but the man’s perception of him was that he shouldn’t be at the county fair. Now there are some places that’s wrong and one day while I was at work I received a phone call and the man told me he was at this place which was a drinking place a tavern if you will and he wanted me to come to the tavern and marry him and I said no sir no sir and I think that kind of surprised him and he said well don’t you marry people and I said yes sir I do and if you will meet me at church I’ll meet you there and the man said they wanted to get married at the Tavern and I told him he had better get somebody else.  You see here is the thing about it I could have went down there and done no wrong and people could have seen me and perceived it wrong and that it was not right but by the same token people that have no respect who would invite a minister into a place like that are the same people that as soon as you got out the door would tell a lie on you and the lie would be far reaching whether it was so or not some people would believe it was so. And so we need to be careful where we go and what we say. It is a wonderful thing to use our voice and sound it out in music and in song and prayer to the honor and glory of God. Didn’t it sound good today as our church sang these songs and I believe it’s a beautiful sound in the nostrils of the Lord and I believe he approves and I believe he helps us and rewards us as we give him honor and glory in this world. How forceful the bible said when we use the right words and tell people about our salvation and the word of God and the Lord’s blessings. These words will fall on somebody’s heart and it’ll be opened and will bring forth good. Other words the bad words the resentful words even church members are sometimes guilty of talking about their church in a negative way. We ought not talk about our church in a negative way because usually those who are hearing it are being influenced in a negative way and we need to be talking about it in a positive way for the honor and glory of God. Finally I want to talk to you about a couple of things the bible tells us in the New Testament we ought to let our light shine. If we draw close to the Lord and let our light shine you’ll be able to say to the devil to get behind me that I’m going on to serve the Lord. The example is that Simon Peter said to the Lord that he would go with him even unto death and he meant it at the time. But Jesus said to him that the spirit was willing but the flesh was weak and he told him that he would deny me three times before the old rooster crows. And sure enough when they said here is one of them and Jesus was on trial when the Pharisees and Sadducees said here is one of them and he said I don’t know him and again he said I don’t know him and the third time he cursed and said I don’t know him about that time he remember what the Lord had said that Satan had desired to sift him and by then he had already sifted him and he was ashamed of that. And as much as he had sifted Simon Peter he’ll sift us with his wisdom and his tricks and with his ways and so we don’t want to be caught in that place. The bible said of the Psalmist that he was a man after God’s own heart and I like that but then it said of him that he went up on the house top and he looked across the street onto the top of another house and he saw a woman bathing and the old devil got the best of him. He did he just couldn’t push it off and the bible said of his lust that not only did he send for her he committed adultery and he didn’t stop with committing adultery he had her husband killed by sending him into the forefront of the battle and his life was taken. They used to say that if you told one lie you would have to tell a dozen more just trying to get out of it so let’s be careful. The last example of my message is from the 4th Chapter of the Gospel According to Matthew the scripture said the spirit led Jesus up into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. The spirit yes do you know why it did that? Honey since he was Jesus he had to be tempted in all points possible. He was like the human beings in that he might understand our weaknesses and our needs and that he might help us. After 40 days of fasting he was hungry and the old devil said to him if thou be the son of God can you imagine the devil attempting to entice Jesus to admit and confess that he was not the son of God? Honey he was every once the son of God he was God made flesh for us. He was the word of God and as the word of God the old devil said if you are the son of God and have all the power why don’t you make bread of this stone? And do you know what Jesus did he quoted to him from the Old Testament the word of God and he said to him “man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” He spake the truth to him and if there is anything he can’t stand is the truth. And he came back the second time and he said if thou be the son of God then go up to the high part of the temple and jump down for its written but he made a mistake about that. He misquoted the scripture of all people the devil misquoted the scripture. Jesus knew the scripture and then the devil heard the words of the Lord and he said it is written “thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” But then he said to him that “man shall worship the Lord thy God and him only shall thou serve.” And then the scripture said the devil leaveth him and my subject was “How to Defeat the Devil” and when you submit yourself to the Lord and Jesus said he left him for a little season. And the bible said something about the angels being ministering spirits to the children of God. And it said the angels came and ministered unto him isn’t that wonderful and I’ll tell you this if you can get rid of him and get him behind you the angels of the Lord will come and minister to you and you’ll be happy and you’ll be glad. Resist the devil and he’ll flee from you. I think I need to say this before I close my message is basically to saved people today but to the unsaved he’ll say to you I wouldn’t go today. Did he ever say that to any of you saved people? And then if you finally overcome him and go down and you don’t get saved just in a minute then he’ll say I told you but you see salvation belongs to the Lord it doesn’t belong to him. And so he can’t get it and he can’t take it away and I’ll say to you in the language of the song that was in our Sunday school lesson why not tonight or why not now? What good reason do you have of putting off seeking the Lord with all of your heart? Jesus said “come unto me” come while there is time come while there is opportunity and come while the spirit is striving with you and come and seek the Lord and be saved.

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