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“I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me,”[1] Jesus told Paul when Paul first encountered Him on the road to Damascus. The ‘them’ that Jesus was speaking of were the Gentiles. As such, those who are amongst the ‘Gentiles’ of the church who read Paul’s letter find that they make more sense than the letters of Peter and James the Younger. For Peter is the apostle sent to the Jews and James the Younger’s letter was addressed to the twelve tribes, the Jews, who are not yet converted to Christ, but were still holding onto Moses.

Thus, it will help you develop your knowledge of God further when you can see the role each of the apostles played in the time when the church began. Peter was sent to the Jews, James wrote to the Jews and Paul was sent to the Gentiles. Hence, we who have no Jewish traditions in our lives find that Paul’s letter makes more sense than for those who have Jewish traditions in their lives, initially. However, it never replaces listening to Jesus.

Your pursuit of knowledge of the tactics and methods of Satan must never be a replacement of your pursuit of your knowledge of the Lord and His power, be it in the Persons of the Father, the Son or the Holy Spirit respectively or corporately as One. However, ignorance of the ways of Satan is just as dangerous as an unbalanced excessive interest in his realm. As an example; you do not need a text book on demonology written by famous brothers with what they call a ‘deliverance ministry’. It is sufficient for you to know, not believe, that there is no demon you cannot drive out in Jesus’ Name. However, knowing when to drive them out and whether you should fast and pray as part of your preparation is the key. However, anyone who listens to the Holy Spirit will know when to drive out the demons and anyone who is always in constant abiding fellowship with the Lord is always fasted and prayed up. When you know, not believe, even the demons will know and tremble. As such, a successful deliverance ministry is never based on expert knowledge of demonology but on intimate and constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

Likewise, the power of Satan is always broken, not by a study of “Satan’s so-called deep secrets”[2] as some in the church of Thyatira were participating in, but rather, it is a careful detailed practise of Christ’s word in one whose heart is noble and good, who would hear His word, retain it and persevere with it that produces the crop. All the secrets of Satan’s power that you and I need to know have been told to you by Jesus. As such, in this study of Satan’s power, we do not even refer to what was written in Genesis 3:1-4 or Job 1-2. What can be learned there is for those who have begun their walk with God. But for the benefit of those who are joining us now, Satan’s trick against Eve was to cast doubt on God’s word and his tactic against Job was to incite God, as God said, “you incited Me against him to ruin him without any reason.”[3]

Ezekiel 28:12-19 gives a tidy summary of him from an Old Testament perspective, and until Jesus and the Holy Spirit proved Satan to be the liar and murderer that he is, even the archangel Michael did not bring any slanderous accusations against him when disputing over Moses’ body, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”[4] Now, that’s a summary of what was, or as the Lord said, “You were…”[5] He was, but is not anymore, therefore do not treat him as if he is.

Obviously, the early church was capable of being deceived, which is why Paul had to warn them against the false apostles, the ‘angels of light’ and various false leaders. Such problems can only arise because of the lack of focused and concentrated listening to Jesus with hearts open to receive His word to retain it, understand it, and to persevere with it. The evidence of one who is a pure listener of Jesus is one who is not afraid to openly admit what the apostle Paul admitted to in his letter to the Romans.[6] Paul’s admittance puts an end to popish hypocrisy as propagated by the prostitute and her children. A state of constant awareness and practise of repentance is a sure sign of one who seeks to stay listening to Jesus, for His first word to all was, “Repent…” Just as the surest way to test all prophecy and prophets is the one true prophecy that must be fulfilled, “I am coming soon!”[7]

So what did or what does Jesus say about Satan?

1. “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”[8] The Law states, “The murderer shall be put to death.”[9] As such, Satan must be put to death, not in the flesh but in his spirit and his soul, which is why the Lake of Fire is called the Second Death.

Since he is a liar, in whom there is no truth, he can never ever, never quote the words of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as they are written. A person who listens to Jesus, and through Jesus receives the Holy Spirit of Truth and learns to recognise His voice can never be deceived. However, a person who listens to what God said to the Jews in the Old Testament without first listening to Jesus can deceive themselves, for they have disobeyed God and disbelieved God’s testimony of Jesus. As such, such people, having already deceived themselves, will find Satan a ready ally to help them in even deeper and greater deception.

2. “Now the prince of this world will be driven out…”[10] That the testimonies of the Holy Spirit and Jesus have been accepted and Satan has lost his place in Heaven, and when that happened, Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall like lightening from Heaven.”

3. Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall like lightening from Heaven.”[11] As such, Satan can no longer approach the throne of God to incite God as he did Job. He can only ask to sieve you as wheat as he asked to sieve Peter.[12] However, that is because Jesus had called Peter, Satan, because he did not have in mind the things of God but of men.[13]

4. Even though Satan was permitted to enter Judas to cause Jesus’ betrayal, Jesus said, “I will not speak with you much longer for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on Me, but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what My Father has commanded Me.”[14] The reason he has no hold on Jesus is because Jesus always did all things for the glory of the Father who sent Him and the Holy Spirit who led Him as He said, “He who works for the honour of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.”[15]

However, no one sent Satan to Eve, and since Satan is no man, the words, “nothing false about him” cannot apply, meaning there must be something false about him always applies to him. That is why Satan has no hold on Jesus. Whatever Jesus says or does, or thinks, or wishes, or denies, is the truth, because it is all for the honour and glory of the One who sent Him. And truths are real whereas lies are fantasies. One will and must come to pass if it has not already, and the other will never come to pass.

So what is the power of Satan? To those who were under his grip, (i.e. before you and I were saved), we were blinded, as Paul wrote: The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, the Gospel of the Glory of Christ, who is the Image of God.[16] That is why the first thing Paul was commissioned to do was “to open their eyes” and to “turn them from darkness to light,” which is from all forms of worship of gods to the worship of God through faith in Christ Jesus only, who is the Light.

And when we have had our eyes opened and are brought into Christ who is the Light, we are supposed to turn from the power of Satan to the power of God. Not just turning in the use of Satan’s power, but also in the knowing and appreciating of it. Unfortunately, that is not the case in the history of the church, certainly not in the prostitute church. For the church as the world knows it has been using more of Satan’s power than God’s power for:

1. It has murdered millions. A charge that even God brings against her: I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.[17]

2. It has lied and used lies, and when it sought its own glory and honour about that which is Jesus’, it became a liar as God said, “In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.’”[18]

All of these are affected by the use of the four worldly powers, financial, political, intellectual and military, and when she lost her miraculous power, she substituted them with counterfeit sorcery.[19] These are the powers of Satan that are being used even now, even by those who preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Does that surprise you? It should not, for if Paul could write in the first century of the church that it is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so in love… The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely…[20] How else can you then explain preachers teaching us to practise what God has clearly said is wrong like some prosperity preachers teach people to submit to God and be at peace with Him; in this way prosperity will come to you,[21] quoting as they do Eliphaz the Temanite? Sounds good, but it isn’t right.

So, likewise, the church continues to say what sounds good but isn’t right, and what makes it unrighteous is because it is not said for the glory and honour of Jesus Christ whom they have not listened to. Worse still are those who speak for Jesus without listening to Him.

Therefore, in turning from the power of Satan, we must not:

1. Murder

2. Lie

That is however, not to say that we do not kill, for we are here to be witnesses of the word of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, witnesses who can devour their enemies with fire from their mouth, who stop the rain and strike the Earth with plagues as often as we want upon those who are still under the Law because they have refused to believe Jesus, and by the Law are guilty of sins worth of death. Execution of sentence by the Law is not murder.

Neither do we lie, even though as Paul has written all men are liars. The power of God that protects us and helps us from lying is when we seek to do and say all for the glory and honour of He who sent us. And since it is Jesus who sent us and it is Jesus whom we listen to, as long as we do it all for His glory and honour, there is nothing false about us.

Thus, turning from the power of Satan is not about being able to drive out demons or perform miracles. No, it is about not murdering and having nothing false about us because we do it all for the glory and honour of Him who sent us.

So, we must repent, repent that we have not turned from the power of Satan as Jesus warned us of, and truly to the power of God, which is His glorious Gospel. “For God so loved the world He sent His One and Only Son to save the world.”[22] “Listen to Him!”[23]


 

[1] Acts 26:17-18

[2] Revelation 2:24

[3] Job 2:3

[4] Jude 9

[5] Ezekiel 28:12,34,14,15,16

[6] Romans 7:14-25

[7] Revelation 22:7

[8] John 8:44

[9] Numbers 35:17

[10] John 12:31

[11] Luke 10:18

[12] Luke 22:31

[13] Mark 8:33

[14] John 14:30-31

[15] John 7:18

[16] 2 Corinthians 4:4 (KJV/NIV)

[17] Revelation 17:6

[18] Revelation 18:7 (Isaiah 47:7)

[19] Isaiah 47:12

[20] Philippians 1:15-17

[21] Job 22:21

[22] John 3:16

[23] Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35

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