Sunday, May 10, 2015

Creative Power of the Voice of God: Satan – No. 7

Satan deceived Eve, and Adam joined in her rebellion by eating of the forbidden fruit. Adam and Eve had been given clear instructions by God, but were given a choice regarding whether they would follow them. They chose to disobey. 

God in His mercy, wisdom and love for His creation made a way for our redemption and the defeat of Satan through Jesus Christ. In temptation, Jesus gave us an excellent example to follow when he responded to Satan by saying, “it is written.” 1  We can also employ the written and authoritative word of God against Satan when he seeks to tempt us: "Be gone, Satan, for it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.'"

Click on the roaring lion to hear " Lies" by Keith Green
The “father of lies” 2 is constantly seeking to put doubt and disbelief in our minds. 1 Peter 5:8 in the NET version exhorts us to “be sober and alert” because our “enemy the devil” is “on the prowl looking for someone to devour.” It compares Satan to a “roaring lion.” 3

The second stanza of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” was written by Martin Luther in 1529. It proclaims the secret to emerging victorious in our battle with Satan:
“Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.”
This is the seventh part of some thoughts I wrote in the fall of 2012 in an attempt to capture the incredible power, glory, splendor, radiance, and majesty of God speaking in the creation as well as the rebellion of Lucifer and his fallen angels. I'd enjoy any feedback you might have: ~ Rusty Rustenbach © 2012

1    In Matthew 4:10, Jesus responded to satanic temptation by wielding the authority of the Word of God, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'" Jesus also did this in Matthew 4:4 and Matthew 4:7.
2    John 8:44 says that the devil “is a liar and the father of lies” and that “there is no truth in him.”
3    “The Pulpit Commentary” notes that the following about the devil: “He is called a serpent to denote his subtlety, a lion to express his fierceness and strength.”

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