For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose*** his own soul?*** (Matthew 16:26 )
Why did God write the Ten Commandments on stone tablets? Did He intend for us to toss them aside and forget about His commands to us?
And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee (tables of stone,) and a law, and commandments (which *I* have written;) that thou mayest teach them. (Exodus 24:12)
And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, (written with (the finger) of God.) (Exodus 31:18)
Yahweh wants His words to us preserved: protected. He placed on stone so His words would not decay.
And I will write on the tables the words that were in the first tables which thou brakest, and thou shalt put them (in the ark.) (Deuteronomy 10:2)
Yes, God articulated and publicized what He expects of each of us so we are without excuse.
And he declared unto you his covenant,which he commanded you to perform, even *ten* commandments; (Deuteronomy 4:13)
He gave us 10 Commands and added no more.
and (he wrote them upon two tables of stone.) (Deuteronomy 4:13)
Ten Commandments Engraved On Two Stone Tablets–No More (and No Less)
These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: (and he added no more.) And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me (Deuteronomy 5:22)
Why did Yahweh come from heaven to meet with Moses to give Him two tables of stone with His 10 Commandments and specified that He added no more? Why would an eternal God give us 10 Commandments to toss aside? How does Yahweh feel about us when we disregard any one of His 10 Commands?
And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone
*******written with (the finger) of God;******* ( Deuteronomy 9:10-11)
How would you react if you were Moses and God gave you His Ten Commandments on two stone tablets?
Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, (***my* commandments***,) my statutes, and *my* laws.* (Genesis 26:5)
How did God bless Abraham? How would God bless you for obeying His voice, keeping His charge, His commandments, His statutes and His laws?
Your Focus Will Determines Your Destination In Life So Focus Wisely On What Truly Matters
God’s laws remain eternal not just for us here on Earth, but throughout the Universe. We ought to pay attention to the ones He hand picks, writes down on solid stone tablets and hand delivers to us here on Earth. Satan, Yahweh’s enemy, operates in the spiritual realm. Satan creates distractors for the Church to keep us away from obeying God’s 10 God Commandments. The Ten Commandments are a sign identifying the followers of Yahweh. Yahweh an eternal God operates within eternal laws that run our universe and our lives.
SCIENTISTS BAFFLED BY LAWS OF NATURE : Why are the laws of science so constant? (click the link above and watch Dr. Dinesh D’Souza less than 3 minute debate captured on the utube link at Tufts University (2007).
The Problems Created By Sin When God’s Ten Commandments Are Tossed Aside
We live in an age drowning with distractors such as the television, movies, cell phones, iPads/Kindles and computers. We live in a fast paced world that changes more rapidly as time elapses. This worsening spiral all around the globe occurs under the leadership of Satan, who operates behind the scenes of our physical world in the spiritual realm. He influences our thinking and an affects our way of life via distractors, pollution and our bondage to sin.
We have genetically modified organisms that circumvent the laws of the Creator and self-destructing seeds. Bees, bats, and all species of life are dying out from chemicals placed in our environment on crops, in water, in the polluted air we breathe and in drugs both illegal and legal. Homosexual marriages once a taboo is now legal and law of the land. Scientist are using virus vectors as biological weapons against humanity. Autism is skyrocketing in many developed nations inculcated by chemicals surrounding us in our air, water, food and/or medicine (vaccines).
Public prayer and teaching of the principles of the Ten Commandments from Yahweh are illegal in public schools today. The false hypothesis of evolution is repeated over and over as if indeed a fact and accepted as a theory or fact in public schools from elementary to University level; however, this false hypothesis taught as the gospel truth cannot hold up for long even under minor scrutiny.
God’s eternal Ten Commandments (10 truths) will prevail and withstand the lies of the enemy. Once sin runs it’s course and proves a false premise for all to see, Yahweh will intervene and stop the calamitous results orchestrated by the lies of the enemy under the guise of sin being good and acceptable for humanity. Satan says sin does not exist if we say all things are true and evil does not exist.
Propaganda cannot change God’s 10 eternal truths–God’s Ten Commandments are eternal laws for us to abide by to live a fruitful, peaceful and joyful existence. If we are no longer aware of them because they are no longer taught or we are taught that we cannot keep them so do not even bother trying, we fall for the lies and distractions of Satan against God’s eternal standards of love.
Rejecting Yahweh Isn’t Something New To Our Generation
And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep
(* my* commandments and *my* laws?) (Exodus 16:28)
Yahweh blesses those who obey Him. God will double and triple the money you have so that you can buy more and do more with your resources. Your clothes will last longer. You will make wise choices because you will gain wisdom under the tutelage of Yahweh.
And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me,
(and keep* my* commandments.) (Exodus 20:6)
*** the 4th commandment***
Blessed ***is the man (or woman)*** that doeth this,
and (the ***son of man*** that layeth hold on it;)
that keepeth ***the sabbath*** from polluting it, (Isaiah 56:2)
and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.
For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs (that keep*** my*** sabbaths,)
and (choose the things*** that please me***,) and take hold of my covenant; (Isaiah 56:4)
Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, (every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it,) and taketh hold of my covenant; (Isaiah 56:6)
Even them ***will I bring*** to my holy mountain, (Isaiah 56:7) ******************************************
But if ye will not hearken unto me (to hallow the sabbath day,)
and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof,
and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, (and it shall not be quenched.) (Jeremiah 17:27)
The choice is ours ultimately to make. God makes Himself clear. If you listen and obey Him, He will bring you to His holy mountain. If you refuse to listen, if you reject His word and toss them aside and if you refuse to hollow Yahweh’s holy sabbath, Yahweh promises vengeance by fire against His enemies. He says choose life or choose death. You should choose wisely with eternity in mind.
You should not allow men and Satan to distract and fool you warns Yahweh.
Thus saith the LORD; ***Cursed be the man ***that trusteth in man,
and maketh flesh his arm, (and whose heart* departeth* from the LORD. ) (Jeremiah 17:5) ¶
You ought not trust the words of men and women, but you ought to rely on the words of Yahweh in the Bible.
For as the new heavens and the new earth, (which *I will* make,)
shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another,
and (from one sabbath to another,)
shall ***all*** flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. (Isaiah 66:22-23)
New American Standard 1977
“And it shall be from new moon to new moon
And from sabbath to sabbath,
All mankind will come to bow down before Me,” says the LORD. (Isaiah 66:23)
You may not know who Satan (Lucifer son of the morning) really is or his history, but he knows who you are and your history!
Job 1:7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Satan fell to the earth from his high standing in heaven and deceived us into disobeying God. So, God placed him here on this earth as well as humanity due to our sin against God.
Revelation 12:9 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
Yeshua (Jesus) Sent To Educate Us About Our History With God
There is the good shepherd named Yeshua (Jesus) sent to bring us back into good standing with Yahweh (God).
John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
Jesus (Yeshua) came to set the ignorant and uneducated captives free. His death at calvary became a game changer for God’s children who choose to repent and return to God–the prefix re- means “again” or “again and again”. God gives us another opportunity through Jesus’ death on the cross to live with Him again free from sin.
This is the promise of eternal life God gave to Abraham and His seed (children). This promise is the Holy Spirit. This is, also, the gospel Jesus came to deliver to humanity from His Father. God in His infinite mercy made a way for us to return to Him. God loves us (His children) and sent Yeshua (Jesus) to die and pay the sin penalty of death for us. Satan no longer possess the authority enslave us once we repent of our sin towards God. We must each walk on our own away from a life of sin towards a life of righteousness and holiness.
Satan deceived and captured many of God’s children through sin. They are enslaved on earth and left uneducated about who they really–without their true history and education they will never escape due to ignorance. Satan a terrorist and hijacker does not want publicity.
Satan’s Revolution to Overthrow God’s Kingdom
Lucifer, better known as Satan since his fall in God’s kingdom thousands perhaps millions of years ago, started a revolution in heaven to overturn the Creator of the universe: Yahweh. However, Yahweh threw him to the Earth.
Luke 10:18 “And he (Jesus) said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning falling from the heavens.”
Satan Thrown Out of Heaven Revelation 12:7-12 ‘And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”’
Satan is after the destruction of God’s children. He caused you to lose your identity as a child of God, deceived you and enslaved you. If you continue to sin willfully, you are Satan’s slave. He exploits you for his advantage and intends to finally destroy you. The last thing Satan your enemy wants you to know is that he exist. He would rather you think he is just a myth. He operates in the spiritual realm.
Alive To God and Slave to Righteousness (Narrow Road to Life) or Dead with Satan and Slave To Sin (Wide Road to Death)
You’re either a slave to righteousness or you are a slave to sin and Satan according to Romans chapter 6. Romans 6:9-11 makes it clear that God’s children must flee sin and walk in righteousness.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
Paul goes on to say in Romans 6:20-23 the following:
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We were born here in the flesh on earth in slavery and that’s all we know of our history; however, Yahweh sent Yeshua (Jesus) to educate us an free us from sin and the fear of death.
16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.
So Paul is crystal clear about believers needing to eliminate sin from their mortal bodies. God’s grace is not cheap grace. Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sin against God. Do not be deceived, you cannot continue to walk willfully in sin and think you are covered by the blood of Christ. Sin must go! Otherwise you are deceiving yourself with lies from Satan. Let God’s words to us be true and every man and woman a liar.
Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
God is allowing us to choose life with Him free from sin or a life of sin and death. Satan is here on Earth in the spiritual realm intent on making sure you continue to sin and die captive to him!
So, while we are here on earth passing through the physical stages of life and death in our mortal bodies, there is a war going on behind the scenes in the spiritual realm that we cannot see with our physical eyes.
How to Overcome Our Accuser
So how do we overcome Satan our accuser who accuses us night and day before God?
According to Revelation 12:11, we can overcome God’s enemy by asking God’s forgiveness for disobeying Him when we listened to the lies of Satan. When we repent and acknowledge our sin against God by asking God to forgive us for sinning against Him, by turning from our sinful lifestyle and acknowledging that Yeshua (Jesus) died to pay the sin penalty for our sins and sharing our stories of God’s goodness with others, we can help others to know the truth about the mercy of Yahweh.
Revelation 12:11-1211 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
You can overcome Satan by Jesus’ death on calvary and your testimony.
Why Did Satan Take The Risk and Disobey God In Heaven?
In Isaiah 14:14, Isaiah wrote that Satan said the following:
“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
Satan intended on being like God. What he really wanted was to replace God and take His position. He told us in heaven if we disobey God’s commands, we would be just like God knowing both good and evil. Since we believed Satan’s lie over God who provided us with everything beautiful in the garden of Eden (heaven), we disobeyed God’s commands. We were foolish. Thus, God removed us from Eden (heaven with Him). This is our true history with God our Father and Creator. This is also the history of slavery to Satan we humans found ourselves born into here on earth. Satan is our God and he rules us here on earth as long as we continue to walk in sin.
The Battle to Overcome The Enemy
We must want our freedom and risk our mortal lives to get it! This takes courage and faith in the record God left for us. We do not need to continue to listen to Satan’s lies.
History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. Maya Angelou
We can return back to God and beg for forgiveness and intentionally eliminate sin from our lives–with the power of God’s Holy Spirit living within us.
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. Mahatma Gandhi
We can make a difference in our eternal life not only for ourselves, but we can help to save others in our family and among our friends. We can save our brethren that God sends to us. This takes courage. We fight a real enemy we cannot see with our mortal eyes, but we know Satan exist.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. Nelson Mandela
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. Nelson Mandela
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. Nelson Mandela
I’ve Discovered Our Real History Through The Holy Bible and My Experiences
History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. Napoleon Bonaparte
The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice. Mark Twain
I want you to keep these quotes in mind knowing Satan is behind the scenes of this world.
History is a set of lies agreed upon.
Personally, I’ve always believed in God from a very young age. This child like faith helped me to recognize early spiritual experiences in which God manifested himself to me. These spiritual encounters over the years served to strengthen my faith.
I learned that God is not only real, but He is faithful to those who love Him.
I’ve, also, discovered for myself that Satan exist. I heard his voice speaking through another individual. It wasn’t the individual I heard that I knew, it was Satan. I knew it in retrospect. I cannot use the scientific method to prove it, but I can say empirical evidence should suffice! The behavior, personality and everything had been taken over. The arrogance, haughtiness, calm and deliberateness like a high profile attorney trying to gather information. Within forty eight hours this individual took someone else’s life and then took his own–based on the evidence I heard and what I knew of the individual.
When you stand on God’s word and remain obedient to God’s will for your life, Satan attempt to thwart your plans to serve God. If this means he needs to come and speak to you audibly through someone else, he will do so. Remember the story of Jesus in the wilderness for forty days and nights getting prepared to do what God sent Him here on earth to do. Satan attempted to stop Jesus (Yeshua) like he tried to hinder me.
Matthew 4:3-10 (KJV)
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
You must remain obedient to God! The more I trust in God’s word and record sent through His Son recorded in the New Testament of the Bible, the more evidence I discover that supports God’s record to us.
My belief in God stood not for long on blind faith, but living faith built upon experiences and encounters with God.
One day I gave my life to God–asking God to help me remove all sin from my life to serve Him.
A few months after I had this encounter with Satan. I did not immediately recognize him speaking through an individual I knew.
Satan turn his head towards me and said with arrogance, “What are you doing?”
Struck by the odd question, the odd voice, the odd personality and the stranger before me, I said “what?”
The what was also me saying who are you, what is this strange voice and what is this odd personality coming through this individual. I felt perplexed.
In addition the question made no sense to me. I obviously was not doing a thing. I had just sat quietly down.
He repeated the question: “What are you doing?”
In irritation and with indifference “I’m not doing anything. What are you talking about?” He did not respond. He just turned his head ending the conversation and left with the coldness and arrogance of Satan.
It did not occur to me until several events quickly transpired within forth eight hours following the death of two individuals that this was an encounter with Satan. Once I contemplated what had transpired and I took in all the evidence, it suddenly occurred to me that I faced Satan and survived.
The individual Satan took possession of died within forty eight hours and another individual too. This individual had recently gotten on antidepressants and decided to get off shortly without their doctor’s permission. This all transpired following the sudden and unexpected death of their relatively young (mid 50s) and previously healthy mother.
Our enemy is looking for every opportunity to destroy us. So make sure that you do not leave yourself wide open for His attacks.
The first thing when you go into battle is to recognize who your enemy is and how He attacks so that you don’t get ambushed. When attacked do like Jesus and quote scripture starting off with “It is written” like Jesus. You cannot go wrong using His model for us against Satan.
You may wonder how I knew it was Satan that I heard in this individual. I just recognized Him! After giving it just a little thought after the fact, it all made sense. I looked at all the pieces of the puzzle and put them together and it painted a clear picture.
Perhaps, also, God revealed this knowledge to me. There is evidence of this in the Bible.
Matthew 16:13-17 “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”
Sometimes God reveals things to us for His own purposes that help to build our faith and reveal spiritual truths to us. Thus, we can share and strengthen others in their journey with God.
I know the enemy uses subtle tactics to manipulate us into turning away from God and serving him. He tries to convince us that sin is no big deal.
Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
2 Corinthians 11: 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
The Holy Spirit, however, convinces us that we must eliminate sin and walk righteously before God. We serve Satan when we sin against God whether we realize it or not. Slaves are ignorant and cannot see the truth–they are blinded by ignorance and lies.
We are not even aware we are slaves to Satan until we decide to finally do away with sin in our lives and become a slave to righteousness and to God. As slaves we do not know anything other than a life of slavery until we escape and get a taste of freedom from sin and the fear of death. Satan will probably show up to stop you. He will likely attempt to get you under his control again so you can become a slave to sin and to him. He will may question you to see if he can control you and get you to commit sin against God. I learned all this through my own personal walk with God. When you are on track with God, he will attempt to intervene to get you off course like he did with Jesus in the wilderness.
If Satan has not appeared to you and attempted to get you from following the bidding of the Holy Spirit, you may be a slave to him–based on my personal experience.
You may not realize that you serve Satan because you read your Bible and you go to church like me for years. Satan goes to church too. He runs many of the churches–sad to say but true.
Satan enslaved me to a life of sin until I had enough of feeling convicted by the Holy Spirit. I asked God to break any bondage of sin that controls my life. I cried out to God giving Him full authority to do what I learned that I could not do for myself despite all my attempts. I decided to follow faithfully the Holy Spirit wishes for my life–that’s 100% control by the Holy Spirit no matter what! I not only surrendered my life to God, I gave God full authority to run my life.
Sin had to go–no excuses! I heard about a life of freedom from sin and death from another, and I wanted that freedom.
If the Holy Spirit convicted my heart about anything, I immediately listened. I turned to God, and God answered my prayer setting me free from a life of sin and a life bound by Satan.
Satan and His demonic spirits could no longer control my life and convince me to go against God’s will for my life. Satan appeared to check out the scene to see if it was true that I would not sin willfully against God.
I chose God’s will for my life over a life of sin against God.
When Satan intervened, I rejected Satan. Satan left.
Satan’s voice was a familiar voice I immediately recognized after thinking about it like I said. It certainly was not my friend. Satan invaded my friend’s body and took control. This person did not act the same after this experience. I know the Holy Spirit warned me several times within this 48 hours not to go anywhere with this individual, which I heeded each warning–three to be exact.
I never saw my former friend again. Even prior to this 48 hour period the Holy Spirit warned me to end this friendship and to stay on alert.
I had never formally ended a friendship, but I felt compelled to do so. So I kept my distance. I intended on ending the friendship; however, the individual died.
This person changed and seemed angry all the time. I certainly did not possess a clue at the time of how to help. Satan took this individual over and destroyed their flesh.
This experience thought me that Satan is real. God is, also, very real.
Sometimes the most trying experiences teach us the most about God if we trust Him and look for Him operating in the scenes of our lives.
Jesus came to earth to teach us about God and how to overcome Satan. He revealed the way for us to return to the kingdom and how to become reconciled to God.
Jesus, also, had visits from Satan. Satan worked hard to get Jesus from following the Holy Spirit. Jesus did not budge from His allegiance to to bidding of the Holy Spirit. Satan attacked Jesus in the wilderness when He started to prepare for His ministry and do what the Holy Spirit wanted Him to do.
Luke 4:1-13 “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:
10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.”
Yes, Satan is real and wants to tempt us to sin against God. He would like you to think of him in mythical terms. Satan wants you to think he doesn’t exist. He is a spirit and operates in the spiritual realm most of the time behind the scenes hidden out of sight. He does appear and can speak to us when he choses to do so. His goal is to tempt us to sin against God.
There is a Spiritual Battle Going On and Many of Us are Too Busy to Notice.
We are like sitting ducks in the hands of a highly skilled duck hunter.
God warns us that our fight is not a physical one but a spiritual fight. We need to understand God’s enemy and our enemy. Satan works in the spiritual realm unbeknownst to us–behind the scenes of our life.
Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Satan tricks people into falling under his leadership. In the process they lose their liberty and become slaves to him. We become separated from God when we live a life of sin. We lose our freedom.
Sin Hides God’s Face From Us
Isaiah 59:2 “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
If we want to live a life pleasing to God, we must choose a life apart from sin. We must ask God to help us live a righteous life that pleases Him. Until we are committed to becoming slaves of righteousness, we will remain enslaved to a sinful life–enslaved to Satan.
Satan is a Subtle Snake that Enslaves Those Captured by Sin
In our physical realm, we cannot easily recognize spiritual beings at work. Nevertheless, the spiritual invisible realm exist. Satan exist and so does God in the spiritual realm. Satan lies against God to get God’s creation to serve him rather than God. Let’s look at the scene where we fell in heaven in the Garden of Eden when we walked and talked with God.
Genesis 3:1-5 “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.“
So Eve and Adam did what God asked them not to do. As a result, they sinned against God hoping to become like God. Satan tricked them and they were forced out of heaven (Eden).
Genesis 3:24 So he (God) drove out the man (humans); and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Free In God
Due to this sin, they were removed from the presence of God. They no longer had access to the tree of life nor the life giver–they lost their freedom in God. They made a decision based on what appeared to be good and safe rather than what God said for them. Disobedience to God led to their fall and removal from God’s kingdom.
Genesis 3:6-7 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Sin brought guilt and shame upon them both.
The Wisdom of Sin: Shame, Fear, Guilt, Selfishness, Pain, Sadness, Loss, Bondage
After obeying Satan, this couple immediately felt shame and guilt within themselves. While obeying God, they felt free from shame and guilt and at peace.
God a wise, all-knowing and just God created an escape route for those lost due Satan’s lies and deceitfulness. God has allowed Satan a certain level of freedom while He allows His plan of salvation to go forward.
Free to Love versus Enslaved to Selfishness and Sin
God gave Satan and all of us a choice. We could choose obedience to God by abiding and honoring His rules to 1) love God and 2) love your neighbor as yourself. The other alternative Satan focused upon is to 1) not love God and 2) not love your neighbor as yourself. God always gives us freedom of choice.
None I would imagine had ever disobeyed God in the realm of paradise until Satan full of wisdom fell from grace and deceived others to join him.
God is Both Just and Merciful–Satan Wants to Discredit God’s Great Name
God could have immediately destroyed Lucifer (Satan); however, God chose not to do so until His specified time.
God a just God has a plan of redemption for those that fell due to Satan’s deceitfulness and their lack of obedience to God’s word.
On the other hand, Satan wants to argue God is unjust. God gave him freedom, beauty, wisdom and wealth. God showed love to Satan. Satan showed ungratefulness and selfishness towards God. God had already made him the highest in the kingdom. Greed led him to hate God. He wanted God’s great name. His wasn’t great enough. There was only one being that had a greater name than him and that was God. He orchestrated a plan to take God’s place and fell from grace in the process.
Although Satan messed up, God still communicates with him which the book of Job 1:6-12 reveals. God did not react in anger and destroy him. He did, however, throw him out of heaven upon this Earth.
God allows Satan to try his case in court. What is Satan hoping to attain? He already lost the battle in trying to overtake the kingdom of God yet God has not destroyed him. He serves a useful purpose in God’s plan to redeem the lost from the grips of sin.
Satan attempts to destroy God’s name in the garden of Eden Gen 3:1-5.
Satan tries to convince Adam and Eve that God isn’t who He says that He is. He is not a God of love. He is not worthy of the name He goes by. Adam and Eve doubted God’s name; God’s actual character is his name. They lost faith in God and opted out of obedience to God. They decided that God could not be trusted. Satan became their new master; they trusted Satan.
Satan is trying to prove that we all have a right to distrust God and to live by our own rules in this world. He offers us freedom and liberty from God’s rules of love for God and love for one’s neighbor as oneself.
Satan is saying why be a slave to God and a servant of God when you can have freedom to be a servant to self and a slave to no one.
Satan has a manipulative and bad argument; however, he convinced Adam and Eve to obey him rather than God. He convinced humanity to obey him and fall likewise alongside him. God gave Adam, Eve and us everything. Satan gave us nothing, but lies that led to our fall from a state of perfection–the way in which God originally made us.
This separation from God due to sin against God resulted in fear, guilt, shame, which did not exist in the kingdom of God. These undesirable attributes only exist in the world of Satan away from God.
Why does God continue to toy with Satan’s theories? Why not just destroy him?
God is wise and all knowing. He abides within his own laws of love. He wants to give each and every lost soul an opportunity to repent and return to Him. He even sent Yeshua (Jesus) to the Earth to die on a stake to pay the sin ransom to allow us to return to the kingdom in heaven–Eden.
Yes, Jesus left the spiritual realm to come into our physical realm to help us understand that our Father in heaven wants us to understand the mysteries of His will. He wants us to return home to the kingdom. He wants us His prodigal children to not remain slaves to sin and Satan.
Satan argues that beings only serve Him because of the good that they get from God. If God took away His goodness, we would no longer serve Him. He argues Job’s righteousness is self-serving.
Satan demonstrates complete disrespect for His Maker.
God’s name (His character) is on trial before the universe.
God says the wages of sin is death.
How can God’s name simultaneously represent both love and justice? How can God destroy a life that He loves? Will God’s name stand up in the face of Satan’s arguments?
Yeshua (Jesus) dies in our stead which shows He is a God of Justice–the penalty of sin is death. Yahweh sent His Son to pay our sin penalty so we can enter back into His kingdom: Eden. God sent His Son to die and pay our sin penalty.Justice is served because the wages of sin is death. God sent His Son to save us from our sins, which shows He is a God of mercy and love! Now it is up to us to decide that we no longer wish to continue to sin against God. We must flee sin by turning back to God, repenting and asking for His help! When we turn to God; God will receive us.
We serve a loving and just God! His name and character is worthy to be Praised! God’s name is His character.
Satan continues to this day to try to destroy God’s name and character to all that will listen to his lies. He convinces people God does not even exist. He says we are free to live as we please and as our own God with liberty and justice for all who reject God. We can become Gods–rulers over ourselves. Right and wrong is dependent on what we say it is and laws are meant to be broken.
Remember the truth will set you free from a life of sin and bondage to Satan. You can choose life with God or death with Satan.
God is all powerful. His word and laws of love will stand. His name will stand long after Satan is destroyed! So, I hope you choose wisely on a foundation of righteousness whom you will obey.
The host of heaven watches what takes place here on this Earth. They’re rooting for you! From their vantage point, they know who’s name is worthy to be praised–Yahweh (God)! They live in splendor with God. They see the suffering amongst the inhabitants on Earth under Satan’s control. The problem is the inhabitants on earth cannot see Satan and cannot see the kingdom of splendor they walked away from in choosing a life of sin. If they could see paradise lost, they would quickly return. Slaves of are not educated so they remain enslaved to their ruler: Satan. Yeshua (Jesus) came to spread the gospel of the coming kingdom of God. He died to pay our sin penalty so we can return back to God the Father. We have a better future in store for us as children of God.
Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Satan will burn. This is his future that awaits him. He is angry and wants to take with him as much of God’s children as he can take. Satan your adversary is real.
Flee a life of sin and live. How you may ask? Read Mark 16:15-20.
15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.