Why do we need a lesson like this? As we make the transition from being children to adults we find out that some of the things which we once held dear and precious were nothing but lies and it is made harder because the things which we have been taught have come from people we love and highly respect. They didn’t set out deliberately to lie to or deceive us, but they were born into the world just as we were and taught and so passed on what they knew to us. But lies are lies no matter by whom it comes.
Jesus told the unbelieving Jews the devil is their father and his lust/desire they would do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth. He tells lies and is the father of it. Let us go and have a look at the one called the devil.
This Angel/Cherub is a spirit being was created by God and was perfect until pride got to his head. God told him he was going to cast him out from heaven.
Hebrews 1:1-3, 7-9, 14
Jesus shares the Godhead with the Father and we see the angels are serving spirits sent forth to minister/serve those who shall be heirs of salvation. Let us see if we have a name for this rebellious angel.
The name Lucifer means light bearer/he fell from heaven and vows to go back. let us look at his falling or rather casting out from heaven.
The first war started in heaven, Michael and his angels who served God fought against one known as the dragon and his angels and prevailed not. He is called the dragon, old serpent, called the Devil and Satan-who deceiveth the whole world with lies. He is no longer Lucifer the light bearer, he is Satan the Devil.
Genesis 2:7-9, 15-17
God created man, he can eat of all the trees in the garden except one, the tree of knowledge of good and evil and this is Satan the Devil.
As angels are ministering/serving spirits so is Satan the Devil and the devils/fallen angels-because Satan wouldn’t serve God to do good, God uses him and the devils to do evil. Let’s check this out
The Lord makes peace and creates evil. Let us see what he used to judge Egypt who had Israel in slavery
Psalm 78:1,5,7,10, 41-49
He destroyed Egypt by sending evil angels among them. Example from King Saul
1 Samuel 16:14-15
The spirit of the Lord departed from Saul and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.
God lays down the law concerning devil worship
1 Samuel 28:3,5-9,11,13, 19
Saul consults a witch
1 Chronicles 10:13-14
He died for his transgression
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him
Job 1:1, 6-11
what makes us righteous before God
let us see what happens when we don’t keep the commandments
Exodus 32:1-2, 4-9, 21-25,33
Our protection, the angel is taken away and if we keep rebelling our names blotted out of the book
Revelation 20:12, 15
After the millennium reign of Jesus is the second resurrection, we have the book of life and the Bible opened.
Jesus faces temptation from the chief devil who even quotes scriptures to him, Jesus weapon to counter quote rightly dividing the word of truth.
The laws are in force until heaven and earth be no more
Mark 1:23-27, 32-34
The first devil Jesus cast out was in a man in the church
Legion is cast out (6000) strong
Jesus gave power to his disciples/students to cast devils out
Mark 9:17-19, 21-26, 28-29
Jesus cast out a deaf and dumb spirit and tells the disciples they must fast and pray to deal with this type
John 5:1-3, 5-9, 14
Jesus heals a crippled man and warns him to stop sinning lest a worse thing happens
We need to be filled with the word of God daily and to be keeping the commandments
Not every illness or disability means sin
Slave girl with a devil attached to her who gained much money for her owners/she tells the truth, but the source is a lie. After many days Paul discerned that a devil was present and cast it out.
Acts 8:5-7, 9-11
Phillip preaches the word and many devils came out. Simon the sorcerer when he heard the message of Christ, believes and is baptized. Envy rose up in his heart when he saw the works of the apostles and he offered them money for the gift
It is all or nothing, we can’t serve God part time!
We can get angry but don’t let the emotion make us sin and don’t go to bed angry. When we willfully and continuously break God’s commandments, we give the devil a foothold in our lives and a little leaven leavens the whole lump.
We cast out devils every time we put the truth of God on the table and we also cast out devils whenever are wherever we discern where they are casting them out in the mighty name of Jesus. We need to fast and pray asking for discernment.