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Bible Reading: II Corinthians 2:1-7.

Aim: To know and to reject the main devices that Satan uses against us.

“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices."
II Corinthians 2:11. To grasp victory, we must know the strong points or devices that Satan uses against us.

We have all been disappointed by not getting what we wanted at times. But to the knowledgeable Christian, ALL disappointments are God's appointments and must be
viewed as such, lest Satan gain the advantage. To be disappointed is to forget Romans
8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them
who are the called according to his purpose."

Discouragement is the second stage. Disappointment leads to discouragement.
“Fear not, neither be discouraged...our brethren have discouraged our heart.”
Deuteronomy 1:21,28.

Despair is the third stage of disappointment and discouragement. Unless checked, it
can destroy your Christian life. To despair is to forget II Corinthians 4:8, "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair."
To despair is to forget that God is working in our lives.

Satan attacked Eve in the Garden of Eden with doubt, by getting her to doubt God's
Word. "He said unto the woman, yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the
garden?" Genesis 3:1.
To doubt is to forget to PRAY and to forget I Timothy 2:8, "I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting."

Disbelief is the final form of doubt. Genesis 3:4,5. To disbelieve is to forget Hebrews
3:12. "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God."

One can be side-tracked from God's perfect will by family or job. The real enemy of the
BEST is not the WORST, but the GOOD. To be distracted is to forget Matthew 14:30,
"But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried,
saying, Lord, save me."

A “double minded” man in Greek means to be “double souled.” To be double minded is
to forget James 1:8 and 4:8, "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways."
"Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and
purify your hearts, ye double minded." Matthew 6:24; Ephesians 4:14; I John 2:15-17.

We can be dishonest by: a) lying or cheating, b) holding back certain facts, or
c) being less than we should be as pastors, parents or workers which is to cheat our
people and children.
It is estimated that over $500 million is raised each year by false "faith healers" who
cannot do what they claim. To be dishonest is to forget II Corinthians 4:2, "But have
renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the
Word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to
every man's conscience in the sight of God." Dishonesty comes by fear or by greed.

"With all deceivableness of unrighteousness." II Thessalonians 2:8-12.
"For we are not as many, which corrupt the Word of God.” II Corinthians 2:17.
"Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; but
have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling
the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to
every man's conscience in the sight of God." II Corinthians 4:1,2.
"For many deceivers are entered into the world." II John 1:7.
To be deceived is to forget Jeremiah 17:9, "The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?"

Dullness means sleepiness to the things of God. The readers of Hebrews suffered
dullness. They needed sound Bible teachers to bring them to their senses. Because
they were dull, they could not be used by God. He states why: "For when for the time ye
ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first
principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of
strong meat.” Hebrews 5:12-14.
This dullness was also infecting the church of Corinth. Listen to Paul's stern admonition
to them: “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal,
even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye
were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas
there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as
men?” I Corinthians 3:1-3.
To suffer dullness is to forget Hebrews 5:11, "Of whom we have many things to say, and
hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing."

Deadness means unchecked dullness. Don't be dead like the Sardis Church, "I know thy
works, that thou has a name that thou livest, and are dead." Revelation 3:1.

How often are Christians guilty of criticising or belittling other believers. If we have
something against a believer, tell him to his face. To defame someone is to forget Psalm
101:5, "Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high
look and a proud heart will not I suffer."

Far more Bible believing churches have been split over discord than doctrine. Some
trouble-maker begins his or her deadly gossip in a local church, raising questions and
doubts in the minds of people, doubts that otherwise would have never been
entertained. How effectively Satan uses this tool, and how painful it will be at the BEMA
judgment seat of Christ for the carnal sowers of discord. To sow discord is to forget
Proverbs 6:16-19, "These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination
unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart
that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false
witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren."

Defilement with the things of the world. God insists upon clean vessels. A believer who
defiles himself with the things of this world can never be fully used by God, regardless of
his education, ability, energy, or experience. To become defiled is to forget I Corinthians
3:16,17, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth
in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of
God is holy, which temple ye are."

One of Satan's favorite lies is to tell people that things will be better if they go
For example, if they:
a) change marriage partners,
b) change churches.
Some people are always complaining. God says: "Be content with such things as ye
have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Hebrews 13:5.
"Having food and raiment let us be therewith content." I Timothy 6:8.
"I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." Philippians 4:11.

Delay is used to, (a) postpone salvation; and (b) postpone service to God.
"I made haste and delayed not to keep thy commandments." Psalm 119:60.

There are two famous men in the Bible named Saul.
a) Both were from the tribe of Benjamin (I Samuel 9:2; Philippians 3:5).
b) One was tall and impressive; the other short and unimpressive.
c) OT Saul began as God's friend and ended up as God's enemy.
NT Saul started as God's enemy but ended up as God's friend.
d) OT Saul went to the witch of Endor in his hour of death.
NT Saul turned to the Word of God in his hour of death.
What made the difference between these two men?
The Old Testament Saul was disobedient; the New Testament Saul was obedient.
"And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in
obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken
than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as
iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also
rejected thee from being king." I Samuel 15:22,23.
To disobey is to forget Romans 6:14-18, "For sin shall not have dominion over you.
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness."

18. DEBT
“The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” Proverbs 22:7.
“Owe no man anything, but to love one another.” Romans 13:8.
When we borrow money, we make ourselves vulnerable to many evils such as:
a) Losing our job and being unable to pay the interest.
b) Dishonest or incompetent business partners may steal or waste our money.
c) The market price falling in what we are investing in so that we can’t pay back the
bank. As a result, the bank will take your house or other securities.
d) You can be tempted to be dishonest with money to bail yourself out.
Hence, great risks are associated with borrowing money. We should avoid debt because
the devil can enslave us into working long hours to pay off bank interest and debt, so we
have no time or energy left to serve the Lord.

Conclusion: Be sober, be vigilant. Don’t be destroyed by Satan’s devices.

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