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Sermon Audio: The Keys To Our Victory Over Satan

Scripture Reference:  Revelation 12:7-12

7   And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8   And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9   And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10   And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11   And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12   Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Commentary: We’re Still Here!

By:  Pastor Roy Crane

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As to the exact day and hour of His Second Advent, “no one knows”.  This should warn against the temptation to set dates or to believe those who do.  We are not surprised that angels do not know; they are finite creatures with limited knowledge.

At the close of chapter 1, Peter referred to the prophets of the OT as men who spoke, not by their own will, but as moved by the Holy Spirit.  Now he mentions that in addition to the true prophets in the OT period, there were also false prophets.  And just as there will be bona fide teachers in the Christian era, there will be false teachers as well.

These false teachers take their place inside the church.  They pose as ministers of the gospel.  This is what makes the peril so great.  If they came right out and said they were atheists or agnostics, people would be on guard, But they are masters of deception.  They carry the Bible and use orthodox expressions.

Peter predicts that they will attract a large following.  They do this by scuttling the biblical standards of morality and encouraging the indulgence of the flesh.

False teachers are greedy.  They have chosen the ministry as a lucrative profession.  Their great aim is to build up a large following and thus to increase their income.

They exploit people with false words.  Darby said, “The Devil is never more satanic than when he carries a Bible.”  So these men, with Bible in hand, pose as ministers of righteousness, give out well-known evangelical hymns, and use scriptural expressions.  But all this is camouflage for heretical teachings and corrupt morals.

Commentary: The Weapons Of The Christian Life

By: Pastor Roy L. Crane

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Read the Scripture: Luke 4:1-13

There was never a time in our Lord’s life when He was not full of the Holy Spirit, but it is specifically mentioned here in connection with His temptation.  To be filled with the Holy Spirit means to be completely yielded to Him and to be completely obedient to every word of God.  A person who is filled with the Spirit is emptied of known sin and of self, and is richly indwelt by the word of God.  As Jesus was returning from the Jordan, where He had been baptized, He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness; probably the Wilderness of Judea, along the west coast of the Dead Sea.

There He was tempted for forty days and the Devil; days in which our Lord ate nothing.  At the end of the forty days came the threefold temptation with which we are more familiar.  Actually, they took place in three different places; (1.)The wilderness, (2.) a mountain, and (3.) the temple in Jerusalem.

The first temptation concerned the body, the second the soul, and the third the spirit.  They appealed respectively to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.

The three temptations revolve around three of the strongest drives of human existence; physical appetite, the desire for power and possessions, and desire for public recognition.  How often disciples are tempted to choose a pathway of comfort and east, to seek a prominent place in the world, and to gain a high position in the church.

In all three temptations, Satan used religious language and thus clothed the temptations with a garb of outward respectability.  He even quoted Scripture (Verse 10 and 11).

It is vitally important that Christians understand that living out the Christian Life must be based on bringing ourselves into complete subjection to Jesus Christ.  This is done by living out the three Scriptures that Jesus quoted in His response to the Devil’s temptations, and they are:

1.  To make the Bible the very “bread” of our life.  To consume it every day, and allow it to fill us and nourish us.

2.  To worship and serve God ONLY, in ALL things and at ALL times.

3.  To make sure that we do not “test” God by placing OUR thoughts, plans, ways, and agenda above HIS.