HEARING GOD’S VOICE

The Devil's Box

Part 1

01.27.19

  • Listen to this teaching from Pastor Eric. Topics include "The (incomplete) Cosmic Story", The supremacy of Jesus, some boundaries that classify this angelic being we call "Satan", and some characteristics of this adversarial voice.

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Part 2

02.03.19

  • Listen to this follow-up teaching from Pastor Eric in which he clarifies the "book ends" of Satan's definite boundaries. We find Satan's final destination of "hell" was prescribed by God before humanity "fell" in the garden. This means it was never intended for humanity though we fell into it. While Satan has no way out of this just judgement God declares we have only one way out: through himself entering humanity, dying on the cross and raising from the grave. Thank you, Jesus!

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1John 3:8  Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

Luke 10:18  And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

Acts 26:18  to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

John 14:30  I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me (the claim of one’s sin against God)

Heb. 2:14  Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil

Col. 2:15  He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in [Jesus, in the cross].

Rom. 8:37-39  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

THE DEVIL:  Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. [Matt. 4:1]

SATAN:  “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat” [Luke 22:31]

ADVERSARY:  Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. [1Pet. 5:8]

THE PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR: …in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience [Eph. 2:2]

THE ONE WHO HAS THE POWER OF DEATH:  Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil [Heb. 2:14]

THE RULER OF THIS WORLD:  I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me. [John 14:30]

THE ACCUSER:  And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.” [Rev. 12:10]

THE EVIL ONE:  But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. [2 Thes. 3:3]

THE DECEIVER OF THE WHOLE WORLD, THE ANCIENT SERPENT/SNAKE, THE GREAT DRAGON:  And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. [Rev. 12:9]

Matt. 4:1  Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

Mark 1:13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

Luke 4:2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”

Matt. 4:5  Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple

Matt. 4:8  Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.

Luke 4:5  And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time,

Matt. 4:11  Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.

Luke 4:13  And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Gen. 3:1-4   Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You1 shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden…” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.”

Gen. 3:13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

2Cor. 11:3 But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

Eph. 2:2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.

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Matt. 13:39  The devil sows causes of sin and all who do evil amidst Jesus’ good work.

Luke 8:12 [Mark 4:15]  The devil takes away the word from peoples hearts so that they may not believe and be saved.

John 8:44 Those whose will is to do the devil’s desires are considered the devil’s children. He is the Father of murder. No truth exists within. Liar at the core and fathered all lies within God’s creation.

Acts 10:38 Oppressor of humanity.

Acts 13:10 enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy who does not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord

2Tim. 2:26 snare setter to capture people so they do his will.

1Pet. 5:8 Adversary of God’s children who prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

1John 3:8 Father of all sin. His works were destroyed by Jesus death and resurrection.

1John 3:10 The devil’s children are those who neither practice righteousness nor love one who belongs to Jesus.

2Cor. 2:11 Mankind does not need to be ignorant of Satan’s designs and therefor not be outwitted by Satan.

2Cor. 11:14  Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

Rev. 2:24 People can resist or learn the “deep things of Satan”

1Chr. 21:1  Incited David to number Israel.

Zech. 3:1   Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, O Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you!”

Luke 22:31  “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat,

Matt. 16:23  But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

Mark 8:33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

Luke 13:16 Satan credited with binding a woman for eighteen years, bent over and could not straighten up at all. Jesus freed her from this bondage.

Acts 5:3  Filled Ananias’ heart to lie to Peter and the Holy Spirit and to keep back for himself part of the proceeds from the sell of his land.

1Cor. 5:5 people can be “delivered to” Satan for the destruction of their flesh, so that their spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

1Tim. 1:20 among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

1Th. 2:18 Satan credited with hindering Paul and company from journeying to the city of Thesselonica.

1Tim. 5:15 Some people will stray after Satan.

2Th. 2:9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,

Rev. 2:9   People on earth can join together in a common, Satanic mission. These are called the synagogue of Satan.

Rev. 2:10 Satan throws some Christ followers into prison, that they may be tested, even unto death.

ONLY ONE BIBLICAL CHARACTER IS CONNECTED TO THIS CONCEPT: JUDAS ISCARIOT

John 13:2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him,

John 13:27 Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.”

Luke 22:3   Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve.

UNIQUELY, THERE IS A “SPIRIT OF” THAT IS NOW AT WORK “IN” THE SONS OF DISOBEDIENCE:

Eph. 2:2 …in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.

Gen. 3:14  God pronounced lowly form and boundary to “the serpent” and announced his future striking of Jesus (heel) and his future destruction by Jesus (crushed head)

Heb. 2:14  Through death Jesus destroyed the devil who has the power of death

Rev. 12:12  Woe to the earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!

Luke 10:18  Jesus saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Jesus has all authority and has given Jesus-followers his authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy unharmed.

Rev. 12:9  Satan and his angels with him were excommunicated from heaven and given earth’s boundaries.

Acts 26:18  Through Jesus, people will open their eyes and turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. In this they will receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus.

Rom. 16:20  Final crushing of Satan is by the God of peace under the feet of Jesus’ and those who believe in his name.

Rev. 2:13  Satan has one dwelling and one throne on earth (one location).

Rev. 20:2-7  Given physical and time boundary of prison and release for judgment

Rev. 20:10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Matt. 25:41   Eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

John 12:31 Through Jesus death and resurrection the “ruler of this world” was cast out.

John 16:11 Through Jesus death and resurrection the “ruler of this world” has been judged.

Give the devil NO opportunity [Eph. 4:27]

Putting on God’s whole (entire) armor [Eph. 6:11]

Maturity, reputation and character in leadership [1Tim. 3:6-7]

Submission to God, resistance to the devil [James 4:7]

“The Lord rebuke you” [Jude 9]

“Be gone, Satan!” [Matt. 4:10]

Satan cannot stand against division in his ranks [Mark 3:26]

Healthy sexual boundaries in marriage [1Cor. 7:5]

Divine “thorn in the flesh” to keep from being conceited [2Cor. 12:7]

Jesus has all authority and has given Jesus-followers his authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy unharmed [Luke 10:18]

Through Jesus, people will open their eyes and turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. In this they will receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus. [Acts 26:18]

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