August 20, 2017

Our Relentless Enemy – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” And Satan answered the LORD, “From roving about on the earth, and from walking back and forth across it.” (Job 1:7 NET)

Would you like to hear a conversation between God and the devil? What would they have to say to each other? Bible students know all about at least one such conversation. The book of Job records it and reveals an amazing picture of Satan at work. It illustrates the fact that the devil opposes God and His work at every opportunity. It depicts Satan’s constant, relentless determined effort to obstruct and defeat. It indicates that he never rests.

The Devil is not a divine, like God. He is super-human, as angels are; a finite (though very powerful and brilliant) created being. To accomplish his goal, therefore, he persistently keeps going from place to place, back and forth, working deception after deception, bringing everyone he can under His influence.

“Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour.” (I Peter 5:8 NET)

He does his best work undercover. “…Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” (II Cor.11: 14). The same is true of the demons who have followed the devil in his rebellion against God, the ones James describes, who know the truth about Christ. “…the demons also believe, and shudder,” (James 2:10). These deceptive demons influence men to serve as “deceitful workers” (II Cor.11:13). Paul says they are “his servants,” who “disguise themselves as servants of righteousness.”

Sadly, many foolishly think Satan and his servants have laid down and gone to sleep or have forgotten their most effective tactics, such as deceitful disguises, appearing to be servants of righteousness, and the relentless drumbeat of claims about sincerity. Far too many smugly insist on accepting all religions. Satan is thrilled that so many have determined to be “Pluralistic” and tolerant of the “blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan,” (Revelation 2:9); “those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie…” (Revelation 3:9).

John knows better and warns of the terrible danger of those who don’t teach the truth.

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (I John 4:2).

John commands that we test and specifies the “how to.”

“We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” (I John 4:6).

By inspiration, John says we can know truth from error. Does it conform to what God has revealed or not. If the word contradicts, look out. The roaring lion has his mouth open. and his servants are “on the prowl,” “roving about on the earth…walking back and forth across it.” Ironically, their continual, relentless conduct is like the eternal state of those who yield to the deceit. “…they have no rest day and night…” (Revelation 14:11).

True rest is found only in Christ, with His forgiveness, cleansing, and guidance:

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.” (Matthew 11:28-29).

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris

 

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