“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. 29) Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. 30) For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matt. 11:28-29 (NIV)
VS. 28: REST: Peace WITH God through salvation.
VS. 29: REST: Peace OF God through surrender of life.
“So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.” Matt. 6:36. (LB)
“And now, just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust Him too for each day’s problems; Live in vital union with Him. Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him. See that you go on growing in the Lord and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all He has done. Col. 2:6,7 (LB)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27. (NIV)
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, cause He cares for you”. 1 Peter 5:6,7 (NAS)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”! Jos. 1:9. (NAS)
NOW………..Let me show you a bit of SATAN
In scripture, the existence of Satan is taught in seven OT books and by every NT writer.
Satan possesses intellect (2 Cor. 11:3). Emotions (Rev. 12:17). Has a will (2 Tim. 2:26) and is treated as Morally Responsible Person (Matt. 25:41). Personal pronouns are Used of Him (Job 1).
He was cast out of his original position in Heaven (Ezek. 28:16). Judgment pronounced in Eden (Gen. 3:14,15). Will be cast into the Lake of Fire at the end of the Millennium (Rev. 20:10).
It was God who cast Satan out of Heaven. Satan has been at war since that time in history. He will do everything within his power to take as many away from God as possible while he has the opportunity. We would not have Cults if it was not for Satan. Nothing about a single one of those cults speaks lovingly and powerfully about God, the Holy Spirit, The Lord Jesus Christ or Salvation. They are drug through the mud and filth of all time. People run to them for security for feelings, for helpless hope that last for them a short while but then life is coming to an end and they have nothing in the future but brimstone and fire to look ahead to.
God will never send you to any one who will take you OUT of the church and away from the Word of God. Never. Never. Never. Never!!!!!
IN RELATION TO UNBELIEVERS!
He blinds their minds. “In whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” 2 Cor. 4:4. (NAS)
He snatches the Word from their hearts. “Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.”
He uses men to oppose God’s work. “I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.”
THE DEFENSE OF THE BELIEVER AGAINST SATAN
The Intercessory Work of Christ continues on. John 17:15
“I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.” (NAS)
The Purpose of God may very well include using Satan for beneficial purposes in the life of the Christian. Remember Paul and his thorn in the flesh!! 2 Cor. 12:7
“Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me–to keep me from exalting myself!” (NAS)
The Christian Should Never Speak of Satan Contemptuously.Jude 8-9
“Yet in the same way these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and evil angelic majesties. 9) But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgement but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!’ (NAS)
The Believer Should Be On Guard. 1 Peter 5:8
“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
The Believer Should Take a Stand Against Satan. James 4:7
“Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
The Believer Should Use His Armor. Ephesians 6:11-18.
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians. 6:11
God is not like the swallows that leave us every winter! He is always here for us. He never leads us or directs us to another person who leads to another way of believing anything other than what is the Word of God.
Remember Lot and Sodom and Gomorrah? The angels had given Lot and his family time to get away before God destroyed the area. But it actually came push to shove. Lot’s son-in-laws did not believe him. They perished. The angels literally pulled Lot, his wife and daughters out of the area. But his wife, (with feelings in Sodom),looked back, and instantly became a pillar of salt.
“Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven”. Gen. 19:24.
Let’s jump to Luke 17. The Pharisees had been asking Jesus questions as to when the kingdom of God was coming. During His answering, He said this. “…but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30) It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. ”
Ladies and Gentlemen, Christian and non-Christian. These are solemn times. There is no competition for God. He created all. He knows all. He understands all. He does not need any help from any one.
“Thou art worthy O Lord to receive glory and honor and power for Thou hast created all things and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.”