He talks about spiritual warfare and how we need to wear the coat of armor to combat evil forces in this world.
If you feel you have “lost contact” with God, it may be that your mind is preoccupied with other “busy” things going on in your life. These things often do not come from God; but Satan.
Beware of false priorities.
Oh, I’m including the transcript from Dr. Jeremiah’s video so you can read through it. I hope the message is as clear to you as it was for me. – Bob
Transcript: Identifying the Enemy Video with Dr. David Jeremiah
Though it has not been labeled world war most of the world today is involved in international war. But, there is a problem.
The war is not against a rogue nation, but against an ideology called terrorism. And, that fact has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase know your enemy.
When it comes to spiritual warfare, we are at war with an evil being as well as an evil ideology.
And, if we are going to be victorious over Satan we must know who he is and the strategies he uses identifying the enemy.
This is the title of today’s message, the second in our series called …
Spiritual Warfare – Terms of Engagement – Discover 12 Things Satan Does to Gain Victory Over Christians | Dr. David Jeremiah
In the next few minutes, we’ll dig deep into God’s Word to learn how we can identify our enemy and prepare to defeat him all of this and more.
You know it’s always a good thing before you fight a war to know something about your enemy, and who it is you’re fighting against.
In the spiritual realm, it could never be more true.
Many Christians do not take our enemy seriously because they don’t know enough about him to take him seriously.
Where Satan Hides
Satan’s Incognito’s are very clever. He hides in the most unbelievable places.
- He hides in religion. His favorite hideouts is:
- He hides behind intellectualism.
- Satan hides in poetry and art – oftentimes in music.
- He hides in psychology and human understanding.
In fact, the Bible says that the whole world lies in the lap of evil.
Satan is not the man below heaping coals on to an eternal furnace.
Satan is the original jet-setter
Did you know that? Remember in the book of Job when he was answering God as to where he had been?
He said; “Where do you come from and Satan said; from going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it Job.”
What a picture! Satan truckin’ all over the earth doing his thing.
Now, if you look down at your Bibles at verse 12, you will discover that there’s a word in verse 12 that is listed five times.
Five times this word appears!
I’m gonna read the verse and you’ll catch on real quickly..
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities; against powers; against the rulers of the darkness of this age; against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places.”
I don’t know what you get from the word against, but let me tell you what it means, It means work in a battle.
And, there is someone we are against – and someone who is against us.
And, that seems rather strange to most people today; especially those who have adopted a rather passive attitude about the Christian life.
Spiritual Warfare is a Fight for All Christians
Notice men and women, this is not a fight for the apostles. This is not a fight for the past. This is not a fight for the Deacons or the leaders!
This is a fight for the Brethren and the Cistern; to all of us together!
Brothers and the sisters, the lines have been drawn! It is the Lord and the brethren against Satan and the demons!
And, in Ephesians chapter 6, Paul identifies our enemy as the devil in verse 11. And, if you look down in verse 16, he gives him another name. He calls him the wicked one.
Verse 11 says; “You may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
And verse 16 says; “You will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
We are fighting against the enemy of our souls!
The devil and his strategies!
And here are some things we need to know about him if we’re going to have any chance to be victorious in this battle.
Let’s talk for just a moment about Satan’s personality.
His original name was Lucifer, which means “shining one”, “Morning Star” or “Sun of the Morning.”
In Isaiah chapter 14 and verse 12, we read these words: “How are you fallen from heaven ‘O Lucifer, son of the morning.”
Ezekiel describes Satan before his fall as a holy angel, both wise and beautiful.
Listen to these words from Ezekiel 28: “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect. In beauty, you were
the anointed cherub who covers. I established you. You were on the holy mountain of God. You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways. From the day you were created till iniquity was found in you.”
So, what happened? How did Satan cease to be Lucifer, the son of the morning and become Satan, the enemy of God and God’s people?
Once again, Isaiah the prophet tells us the story in Isaiah 14:12-14…
“How are you fallen from ‘O Lucifer, son of the morning? How are you cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations? For you have said in your heart; ‘I will ascend unto heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the Mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.'”
When those words came out of Lucifer’s mouth, he was cast out of heaven; cast down as a profane one from the mountain of God, and brought down to the earth, and brought down ultimately to hell.
Freewill for Satan and His Angels
I believe that God gave to his angels the kind of freewill that he gave to us.
They worshiped before His throne even this day because they choose to do so.
But Satan, in his own heart, determined that he would lift himself up in Pride.
And, the first sin ever committed in the universe was the sin of pride.
Where did he come from? How did he become Satan?
Now let’s talk for a moment about his position. The Bible gives us three names that describe Satan’s position. These three names will help us get a handle on his role in the universe.
First of all, he is a prince.
Three times the Bible calls Satan the prince of this world.
John 12:31 – “Now is the time for judgment on this world. Now the Prince of this world will be driven out.
John 14:30 – “I will not speak with you much longer. For the Prince of this world is coming.”
And John 16-11 – “The Prince of this world now stands condemned.”
He’s also called, as many of you know, the Prince of the power of the air.
Ephesians 2:2 says; “The Prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.”
Now listen, as the Prince of the world he’s in charge of evil men.
As the Prince of the power of the air he’s in charge of evil spirits. He is the ruling spirit over the children of disobedience. He is the architect of evil in this world in which we live.
Not only is he a prince, he is also a ruler.
The Bible says he is the power behind the world system.
1 John 5:19 says; “The whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.”
The system of this world is characterized by greed, selfish ambition, and lust for power.
It is dominated by intrigue and hatred and lies and aggression and rivalry and brutality. a
And, Satan is the father of it.
All Satan reigns over his own kingdom.
Did you know Satan has his own Kingdom?
Matthew 12 26 says; “If Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom last?”
Satan rules over his angels
Matthew 25:41 – “The everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Satan has a hierarchy.
He has a team of angels who are with him.
There are many theologians who believe that when Satan rebelled, one-third of the angels in heaven rebelled with him and came to this earth.
Now, these comprise his army of rebellion against God.
Satan is not just some lone evil person.
Somewhere in the world, Satan is the head of his own kingdom. He has hierarchies of principalities, and powers, and angels, and demons.
And, he rules it all! He’s the ruler of the evil in the world today.
And then, the Bible says, strange as it may be that he is a god. He is not just a prince and a ruler. He is a god!
2 Corinthians 4:4 says it this way; “Whose minds the god of this age has blinded? ”
Who is the god of this age class? It is Satan. Satan is a religionist. He is the founder and president of his own religion. Did you know that?
Of course we know that. But, there are people today blatantly openly don’t even care that anybody knows that.
They are there, but Satan has always had a religion. Listen to what the Bible says about Satan’s religion. He has his own church.
Revelation chapter 2 verse 9 and chapter 3 verse 9 says Satan’s got his own church. He has his own gospel.
In Galatians chapter 1 verse 8, we studied that not long ago Satan’s got his own ministers.
Second Corinthians 11:15 He’s got his own doctrine according to 1st Timothy chapter 4 and verse 1. He has his own communion table and his own cup.
1st Corinthians 10 20 and 21 He’s got his own church, his own gospel, his own ministers, his own doctrine, his own communion. He’s got his own religion.
Satan has always done his best work in religious circles. He is the god of this age. Satan’s personality in his position.
Now, let’s talk about his power.
How powerful is Satan?
The Bible says that men are held captive by the power of Satan, until delivered from it by the power of the Savior.
The world is held captive by Satan.
In 2nd Thessalonians 2:9 we read; “The workings of Satan come with all power, and signs, and lying wonders.”
While we must never underestimate Satan’s power, we also cannot make the opposite error of believing that Satan is as powerful or equally powerful than Almighty God.
Satan is not, never will be all-knowing and all-powerful.
So, don’t think okay, I’ve got God over here and He’s all-powerful for good; and I got Satan over here and he’s all-powerful for evil. That’s not really true.
Satan is no match for God! Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world. Greater is God who lives in you than Satan who lives in the world.
So, while it is true we need to be respectful and we need to learn; and we need not to be frivolous about the power of Satan, we need to be careful that don’t go to the other extreme and say oh my goodness, am I gonna do Satan’s after me you know.
Now, let me tell you about his purposes.
What does Satan want to do?
This is very interesting because it explains a lot of things that happen in religious circles.
Here are some of his most effective strategies…
First of all, Satan is the great deceiver. Say that with me; Satan is the great deceiver.
John 8:44 – We read these words; “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
Satan is the father of lies. He’s the great deceiver.
Revelation 12:9 says; “So the Great Dragon was cast out that serpent of old called the devil and Satan who deceives the whole world.”
Have you ever stopped to realize the power of satanic deception?
They’ve never been in a conversation with somebody.
You’re trying to help them understand what God has done for them, how He loves them, how He’s given His Son – and there just seems like a blindness that’s in front of you.
They don’t understand. They don’t get it. Maybe they don’t want to.
But, they have been deceived by the enemy. That’s what Satan does.
Primarily, he’s the deceiver. He started his work in the garden. Remember when he deceived Eve so that Eve then deceived her husband; and sin was born in the garden?
As we read in the first chapters of Genesis, Satan as a deceiver is the great counterfeiter. He’s the great mimic.
You know what Satan does? He does everything that God does. He tries to do everything God does. He wants to be like God.
Remember, he said; “I will be like the Most High God.”
So, when you watch Satan in his work today in the world, you shouldn’t be surprised at this.
Everything that Christ has done; everything the Lord has done; Satan tries to do it.
Now, the second thing that Satan does.. He’s not only the great deceiver, but notice this; he’s the great divider.
Listen up church! Listen up to this…
I have heard some of the stories you have told me of places where you’ve been in churches where there’s been a great division; where there’s been a great ;split where things have happened that have destroyed the peace and unity of the body of Christ.
Let me tell you, who does that? Who’s behind all of that? Satan himself! Yeah, I know that because that’s one of his major strategies.
You know the first thing that Satan did after he fell? He divided the Angels! That’s what he did.
He took some of the angels and he brought them away from their place in worshiping God. He divides friends and fellowships, small groups, churches, and church staff through the poison of division. That circulates in the system, and then finds an outlet in the tongue.
- He’s the great deceiver.
- He’s the great divider.
- And, he’s the great destroyer.
The Apostle John calls Satan Apollyon; which in the Greek means destroyer. And, that name fits the devil as he seeks to destroy the work of God.
How does he destroy us?
First of all, he just tries to destroy us through adversity.
You know that Satan can hinder you? He can cause you stress!
I remember in first Thessalonians 2:18 we read these words from Paul: “Therefore we wanted to come to you even I Paul time and again, but Satan hindered us.”
Did you know Satan hinders? You know, sometimes you’re trying to serve the Lord with all your heart.
You’re doing everything you can, and you run up against this wall and wonder what in the world is this.
Well, I don’t know what it is for sure, but it might be Satan who’s hindering you. He attempts to destroy us through adversity.
Sometimes, he destroys us by getting in the way of what God is trying to do in our lives.
Number two: Sometimes, he attempts to destroy us by direct attack.
In Ephesians 6:16, we read these words: “Above all, take the shield of faith and with which you will be able to quench all of the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
Did you know that out there in hinderland, Satan and his demons are there; and they’re shooting darts at God’s people.
And, if we don’t have the shield of faith, which we’ll study a little bit later we are no match for his artillery.
When Satan gets hold of somebody who has influence, he devours their influence. He devours their message. He wants to devour us. He wants to take away the effectiveness that we have.
He’s like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
I don’t know what you do when you hear all of this. I would hope that you are just overwhelmed with this enemy to the point where you’re gonna listen to the messages that are coming up in the next weeks.
Look down at your Bibles again and notice what it says: Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might and put on the whole armor of God.”
We can’t fight Satan in the flesh. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons for so much defeat and discouragement among Christian people.
Your only hope is to put on the armor of Christ himself. In the weeks to come, we will explore all the pieces of armor that we are to take upon ourselves.
Notice again it says put on the whole armour of God that you might be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
That’s what we’re gonna do. We’re going to learn how to put on the whole armor of God.
We’re going to examine what each piece of armor means to us, and how it works in our spiritual strategy. Because, we’re gonna learn how we can be victorious in the power of Christ over the enemy who seeks to destroy us and divide us.
A friend of mine, knowing that I was going to be speaking about Satan this weekend, gave me a devotional that she and her husband had been reading in a magazine
Listen to this.. A worldwide convention of demons Satan spoke to them and said as long as Christians stay close to God we have no power over them.
12 Things Satan Uses to Gain Victory Over Christians
So, here are 12 things you can do to gain victory over Christians – Now he’s speaking to his demons. We don’t know that this actually happened, but it’s probably very similar to what happened.
Here are the 12 things he said to do if you want to get victory over Christians, and pull them in to the strategies that are satanic in nature.
- Number one: Keep them busy with non-essentials.
- Number two: Tempt them to overspend and go into debt.
- Number three: Make them work long hours to maintain empty lifestyles.
- Number four: Discourage them from spending family time. For when homes disintegrate, there’s no refuge from work.
- Number five: Stimulate their minds with television and computers so they can’t hear God speaking to them.
- Number six: Fill their coffee tables and nightstands with newspapers and magazines so they’ve no time to read the Bible. Flood their mailboxes.
- Number seven: With sweepstakes, promotions and get-rich-quick schemes, keep them chasing material things.
- Number eight: Put glamorous models on TV and on magazine covers to keep them focused on outward appearances. That way, they will be dissatisfied with themselves and too satisfied with their mates.
- Number nine: Make sure couples are too exhausted for physical intimacy so that they will be tempted to look elsewhere.
- Number 10: Emphasize Santa and the Easter Bunny. That way, you’ll divert them from the real meaning of the holidays.
- Number 11: Involve them in good causes so they won’t have time for eternal ones.
- Number 12: Make them self-sufficient – keep them busy working in their own strength that they’ll never know the joy of God’s power working through them.
Do these 12 things faithfully. I promise, said Satan to his demons, it’ll work!
Have you figured out the difference between being busy and being successful in what God called you to do?
Too Busy to Do God’s Will?
Sometimes, being busy just means being under Satan’s yoke.
You know, if we take seriously those 12 things that the enemy said to to his demons, we do ourselves a lot of good.
We would do ourselves a lot of good, and we would go a long way toward making it difficult for the enemy to get a foothold in our lives.
Keep in Touch with What God Says through Scripture
And, if you don’t follow the Scriptures and put on the whole armor of God; if I don’t follow the Scriptures and deal with Satan seriously, he has every reason to want to devour the influence that I have.
The influence that you have – We are not sufficient to fight against him in our own strength, but God is able!
Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able but will with the temptation?
Also, make a way of escape so that you might be able to be victorious.
If I had to choose one word to describe Satan, ruthless would be the word.
There’s nothing Satan will not do to achieve his goal of disrupting and destroying your faith, your joy, and even your well-being!
He is an enemy who is to be taken very seriously.
You and I are no match for Satan in our own strength but, in the strength of Christ we can be victorious and to help you begin your relationship with Christ.
About the Author:
Dr. David Jeremiah is pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church (website) in San Diego, California. He is a revered Christian and speaker.
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