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12:57 PM   [15 Nov 2011 | Tuesday]

UNDERSTANDING OUR ENEMY, PART FOUR

It should be understood and believed that all that is evil in this world can be traced back to satanic influences on man. We saw this in the first human experience and it has not stopped since that time. Where man is involved, so is Satan…. Natural events such as hurricanes and earthquakes are not satanic activities, only God has the power to cause this type of occurrence. But every other human problem has a satanic overtone in some form or other. His methods are endless and he does not have compassion on any human creation of God, whether man, woman or child. Bad things happen to people, this is part of life; but the satanic influence on that bad thing is also part of life…However, once we begin to understand that Satan interferes with our lives, we begin to realize where our fight should be directed. Even though a friend or even random people do things that cause us stress and sometimes angry feelings, they are not our enemy and we treat them as a Christian should always treat other people.

If we take a normal person and place them in an uncomfortable situation, Satan will be there in order to increase the discomfort. We are speaking about true believers because these are the prime victims of Satan. A mother had a bad night of sleep and her children are late for school and her best friend told her something that increased the stress on this tired woman. You can be assured that Satan arranged for the friend to be there and increase the discomfort of the woman. By the time that her husband has come home, her children have driven her to the point of frustration, and her husband had a bad day at work and takes it out on her. All of this is too much for this poor woman and she begins to yell and discipline her children, perhaps even hitting them, and is not too friendly with her husband. She is so upset by that day, that she cannot sleep that night, and the next day starts the whole process over again….

In this particular example, we see that many people have been influenced by Satan and he uses all of their weaknesses to increase the discomfort of all of the people involved. The woman is tired and weakened, the children are being children and the husband should have left his work at the office. None of these people thought about how their actions were going to affect the others, in fact, they do not even care !!! The woman asks herself; why is this happening to me; when she should be asking, what is the lesson that I am missing… The experience has produced conflict, which advances to anger and finally to doubt about all things happen are in our best interests…

There are many Christians that may believe that we are giving Satan too much credit, but there are also many Christians that are missing many of the benefits of being a child of God. When we find ourselves in a situation that is uncomfortable, we usually try to straighten it out ourselves. This is almost impossible because we have absolutely no control over the other individuals involved. And, we do not know to what extent Satan has used his methods to affect this experience. If we assume, and correctly, that Satan is the cause of this problem, then it is a simple matter to ask the Lord to take care of it, and He will, He is the only being that knows all of the particulars that have caused the problem and He is the only One that has the power to stop Satan from interfering with our lives. God has told us to cast our cares upon Him, and yet, we try to figure it out for ourselves and be miserable until we finally see satanic activities within the situation. Only then do we go to God, but if we just understand the magnitude of satanic actions upon all of us and give it to God immediately, our lives would be much less stressful.

We all say that we resist Satan, but in reality, we do not. There are two reasons for this; one is that most of the time we are not even aware of the satanic attacks that we are experiencing;  and two is that none of us has really closed and locked the door against Satan. It may not be possible for humans to totally close out Satan because of our nature of wanting to sin, but it does not matter because we do not close the door anyway for those occasional times that we need Satan to provide satisfaction for our desires…

Where man is, there will also be Satan. In family affairs, in business affairs and in every aspect of our lives where man is involved, Satan will interfere with whatever is going on. It is extremely important to remember that the person or people that are corrupting the circumstance are not even aware of the fact that they are being used by Satan, so we should not view them as the enemy….

It is essential that we realize that Satan does put thoughts into our minds and convince us that we are doing the right thing. Many do not believe that Satan has this power, but they are mistaken. Until we accept the reality of this circumstance, there is nothing that we can do to change it. But, once we recognize the satanic activities within our lives, we have recognized our true enemy….

In the final part of this discussion, we will examine whether there is anything that we can do to diminish the extent to which Satan effects our lives.  

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