“Satan’s Fiery Darts” Part 2

Posted: July 18, 2014 in Bible Study, Christian Life, James, Money, Pride, Salvation

God’s adversary, the Devil, has within his tool box all kinds of things to try to ruin the true believer’s life while he is here on earth. Satan knows that he can’t take a believer’s salvation from him, but he can/does take the joy out of living for many believers who succumb to his enticements.

Coward. Whatever mental images you may have about the Apostle Peter, you should know that he was a very sincere man who told the Lord that he would never deny Him. Being the self confident man that he was, the Lord told him that the Devil wanted to sift all twelve disciples but He (Jesus) would only allow Satan to tempt Peter at that time (Luke 22:31-33). We all know that Peter ended up denying His Lord three times (John 18:15-17, 25, 27). Self confidence rather than confidence in God can/will lead to a fall (1 Corinthians 10:12).

Timothy. One of the Apostle Paul’s travel companion, Timothy, also yielded to Satan’s temptation to act in a cowardly manner while he was in Ephesus. The believers in Asia had forsaken Paul (2 Timothy 1:7-15; 2:2-5) and Timothy felt that his life was in jeopardy. So he kept his mouth shut.

Paul. On one occasion Paul himself was fearful when he came to the city of Corinth without his travel companions. His philosophical method that he had used in Athens didn’t result in a local church’s being established there. The Lord appeared to Paul in a vision to encourage him and to remind him that if he’d proclaim the Gospel in Corinth many people would be saved (Acts 18:9, 10; John 6:37). If you’re a Christian, perhaps you’ve faced a similar temptation to act in a cowardly manner when you tried to tell others about Christ. Do you know which piece of the armor you need to put on to counter this attack from Satan (Ephesians 6:17)?

Lying. We know that the Devil is a liar (John 8:44). He lied to Eve in the garden (Genesis 3:4). He tempted Ananias and Sapphira to lie to the Holy Spirit about the amount of money they received from the sale of some property that they owned (Acts 5:1-4). They wanted the same approbation that Barnabas had received for his generous gift to meet the needs of the Jewish believers in Jerusalem at that time (Acts 4:32-37). This incident was not one that should be used to promote socialism or communism that doesn’t work well.

Capitalism.  God is not opposed to capitalism even though many people have abused it (Ephesians 4:28). By the way, do you know what the best form of government is and when it will be established on earth (Revelation 19:16; Isaiah 9:6, 7)?

Deception.  While we don’t have to tell others everything they may want to know, it is a sin to tell a half truth with the intent to deceive others. Have you ever been guilty of this? Do you exaggerate? Do you know which piece of the armor is needed to overcome the temptation to lie (Ephesians 6:14)?

Pride. This temptation also comes as an attack from the Devil. It is an attitude that God hates (Proverbs 6:17; 8:13). When a new Christian, with the spiritual gift of a Pastor-teacher (Ephesians 4:11), is placed in a local church as a bishop (overseer), he is much more prone to be attacked by the devil to become proud (1 Timothy 3:6). Before he accepts such a position, he should be given some time to grow in the sphere of grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).

Qualifications. Those in leadership positions, whether bishops (overseers) or deacons, need to have the Biblical qualifications found in 1 Timothy 3:1-13. Don’t follow an under-shepherd who doesn’t have them. He may be a hireling in the ministry for the money (John 10:11-13; 1 Timothy 6:3-10; 2 Peter 2:15).  James, the Lord’s half brother warned, “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (James 3:1).

Expectations. What does God say a Christian should expect in this life (2 Timothy 3:12)? What was the Apostle Paul’s experience (2 Corinthians 11:22-33)? Some people find their way into leadership positions to gain control over the church. Diotrephes, who loved to have the preeminence in the church, was such a man who even opposed the Apostle John (3 John 1:9-11).

Shepherds. They are to lead by example (1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 2:5-11), not dictate from the rear (1 Peter 5:1-5). His job includes feeding, guiding, guarding, and healing the flock of God (Acts 20:28-30). He is not to “tickle people’s ears.” He is to convince, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and teaching. Many of his listeners will not endure sound doctrine. They will want smooth talkers who tell them what they want to hear rather than the Word of God and what they need to hear (2 Timothy 4:1-4).

Questions. Have you yielded to these temptations? Would you like to live victoriously over your spiritual enemies: the Devil, your own sin nature, and the present world system? Are you teachable and willing to change if you can be shown from Scripture what God says (2 Timothy 2:2, 15, 24-16; 3:16, 17)?

Help. We’re here to show people how they can have eternal life as a present possession and a home in heaven by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 John 5:13; Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians s15:3, 4). You may call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com for more information.

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