truth is that our Lord’s message for Peter is the same message He has for you
and I today. Perhaps with a far
greater emphasis in these end times.
Since the times immediately preceding the end of this Dispensation of
Grace will be perilous times indeed, which we will find fully revealed in
Scripture as we work our way through this message today.]
[Clearly, our Lord’s words to Peter were words intent upon reminding Peter of
the spiritual warfare raging about him and the relentless spiritual battle that
he would grapple with throughout His Christian life.]
is a relentless, raging battle being wagged in our world today.
It is a spiritual battle, but is a battle none-the-less.
The words of our Lord in this passage remind us that we must be fully
engaged in this battle. Christians
cannot, they dare not, try to remain neutral in this warfare for if they do they
will place themselves right in between these two warring armies, and in that
place they will find themselves standing in the crossfire.
You must choose sides, and you must join yourself to the battle.]
is a Decided Fact (vs 31) [– “And
the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired
to have you,”]
Devil and His Personality (1 Pet 5.8)
sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh
about, seeking whom he may devour: ]
[Illustration: If you were walking through a jungle full of ravenous
lions, wouldn’t you be alert, wouldn’t you be watching.
The devil is just like a ravenous lion.
You need to be alert.]
[Satan is a person. He is the
bitterest enemy against the saints of our Lord. ]
[If you want a blessing think of the names of Jesus, if you want a warning think
of the names of the devil. The
devils names include:]
[The deceiver (Rev 12.9)]
[A liar (John 8.44)]
murderer (John 8.44)]
accuser of the brethren (Rev 12.10)]
tempter (Matt 4.3)]
prince of the power of the air (Eph 2.2)]
devourer (1 Pet 5.8)]
evil one (Matt 6.13)]
you do not recognize that the devil is real you will not prepare a ready defense
against him. The devils greatest
ruse is to convince people that he does not really exist.]
[People make fun of the devil in our day.
We call cakes devils food cake.
We make deviled eggs. We
call football teams the devils. We
like to laugh at the thought of a devil.
We make light of the devil.
We like to make the devil some sort of comical character like Rudolf the Red
Nosed Rain Deer and we laugh.]
are some in our day who believe the devil is real but that he is in hell.
The devil is not in hell yet.
He is in our world.]
are others who believe that the devil will reign in hell.
He will not rule in hell he will be incarcerated in hell.
He will be tormented in hell.
But the devil is not in hell yet.]
Devil and His Position (Eph 6.12; Rev 16.13-14; 2 Cor 4.4)
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
battle is not with flesh and blood.
We are not at war with the drug pushers, prostitutes, thieves, liars, can men,
politicians, and other human beings for these are all flesh and blood.
We fight against Satan and his demons.]
one time Lucifer (Satan) was a high angle.
He covered the throne of God in heaven.
He was a glorious and powerful angel. But he rebelled against God and a
third of the angels in heaven followed him in his rebellion and they fell from
heaven. These fallen angels are
called demons and Satan is the lord of these demons, he is called the prince of
the power of the air.]
devil through his demon spirits can control people and nations.
The devil has his influence in the United Nations and in the
relationships between nations.]
[People sometimes ask how is the battle of Armageddon going the come to pass.
John saw a vision. He said,]
saw three unclean spirits like frogs
come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast,
and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles,
which go forth unto the kings
of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great
day of God Almighty. ]
are demon spirits influencing and controlling world kings.]
whom the god of this world hath
blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious
gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. ]
devil is not against religion, he is behind religion.
One of the cruelest things in our day is religion without Christ.
The devil has always wanted to be worshipped.]
Devil and His Power (Acts 26.18)
devil has great power. It is folly
to snear at the power of the devil or to underestimate the power of the devil.]
taught His disciples to pray for deliverance from the evil one.
Why do we need deliverance, because the devil is so powerful.]
open their eyes, and to turn
them from darkness to light,
from the power of Satan unto
God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them
which are sanctified by faith that is in me. ]
has supernatural, dark, unholy, killing power.]
Is A Destructive Foe (vs 31) – “. . .
he may sift you as wheat:”
Devil and His Plan (Eph 6.11)
devils chief weapon is deception.
He deceives that he might deprave, that he might destroy, that he might dam.
When you think about the devils plan consider what the bible says,]
the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the
word wiles here is the word we get our English word method from.
The devil is methodical in all that he does.
He is willing to wait. He
will let you succeed that you might that you might further fall.
He is willing to fall back two steps that he might move forward three
steps. He will lead you to feel
like you are getting away with sin or even being prospered by sin that your sin
might greatly entrap you and destroy you.]
devil really does desire to sift Christians as wheat.
To be sifted refers back toe the threshing floor in the days of Christ.
When the wheat was harvested it would be brought to the sifting floor
where a farmer and his hands would first beat the wheat vigorously against the
floor to knock the seeds loose.
They would then take what appeared to be a large pitch fork and would throw the
wheat stalks into the air. The wind
would then blow through the stalks and would blow the leaves and stalks aside
leaving only the seed.]
in telling Peter that Satan wanted to thresh him meant that he wished to beat
him and throw him around. This
exactly what your adversary wishes to do to you.]
Devil and His Purpose (Isa 14.12-15; Eph 4.14)
unholy ambition of the devil has been to pull God from His throne.
The devil is a rebel in revolt against God.
He wants to overthrow God.]
art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
how art thou cut down to the
ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I
will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of
the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down
to hell, to the sides of the pit. ]
his pride, Lucifer the Son of the morning became Satan the father of the night.
His purpose is the overthrow God, and he thinks he can do it.
He can’t, but he thinks he can.]
has found it difficult to do anything against God, so he instead attacks those
whom God loves, you and I. He
attacks us by threshing us, confusing us, disorienting us, discouraging us and
thing he can do to toss us around.
The Bible warns us,]
we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about
with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning
craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;]
Devil and His Promotion (Deut 18.10-13; Rev 9.21; 1 Tim 4.1; 2 Cor
11.14-15; Ezek 28.13) -
[The Bible teaches
that in the last days there would be a resurgence of demonic power.
What are the forms of
[There is the great revival of the occult
– In many book stores it is hard to find books on the good old Christian faith,
but there are many sections on the occult such as Astrology, Witchcraft, and
Demonism. Why are these books
growing in popularity? Because the
offer power, a knowledge of the future, and contact with the dead.
When you dabble in this spiritual demonism you are dealing with the
devil. Of these God says,]
shall not be found among you any one
that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire,
or that useth divination,
or an observer of times, or an
enchanter, or a witch, 11 Or a
charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer
[contact with the dead]. 12 For all
that do these things are an
abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God
doth drive them out from before thee. 13
Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. ]
[There is the explosion of drug abuse
– This is a form of Satanism. The
addicts do not realize this, but the Bible warns against drugs abuse and
addictions. It will be one of the
chief sins of the last days.]
Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their
fornication, nor of their thefts. ]
[Notice the big four (4) of the End Times
– Murder, Sorceries, Fornication, and Thefts.]
farmakeia pharmakeia (gk) - 1) the
use or the administering of drugs 2) poisoning 3) sorcery, magical arts, often
found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it 4) metaph. the deceptions
and seductions of idolatry]
the word we get our word pharmacy from.
It is dealing with drugs.]
[There is the permeation of false doctrine
– The devil is the father of mankind’s religious systems.]
the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from
the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; ]
you look for the devil never fail to look in the pulpits.
The Bible says,]
marvel; for Satan himself is transformed
into an angel of light. 15
Therefore it is no great thing
if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose
end shall be according to their works. ]
preach from another Bible. The
preach another Christ. People
receive another spirit other than the Holy Spirit.
The devil is the father of religion.]
[There is the presentation of the media
– Satan uses our worldwide media systems to sing out to the masses of the world
with his alluring deceptions.]
hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone
was thy covering, the sardius,
topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the
emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold:
the workmanship of thy tabrets and of
thy pipes was
prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. ]
[Lucifer’s deceptive voice is beautiful and alluring and he calls out with his
spiritually powerful voice to all that will listen through our worldwide
are some the media of choice that the devil uses in our day?
Dungeons and dragons, Dark Tower,
Sorcerers Apprentices to name a few games, that are not greatly enhanced
through computer graphics and the electronic media of our day.
What about the ever popular Harry Potter and his warlock arts.
Harmless or the devil’s tool.]
If I were the Devil By Paul Harvey]
[I would gain control of the most powerful nation in
[I would delude their minds into thinking that they
had come from man's
effort, instead of God's blessings;]
[I would promote an attitude of loving things and
using people, instead of the other way around;]
[I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling
for their state revenue;]
[I would convince people that character is not an
issue when it comes to
[I would make it legal to take the life of unborn
[I would make it socially acceptable to take one's own
life, and invent
machines to make it convenient;]
[I would cheapen human life as much as possible so
that life of animals are valued more than human beings;]
[I would take God out of the schools, where even the
mention of His name was grounds for a lawsuit;]
[I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and
target the young, and I would get sports heroes to advertise them;]
[I would get control of the media, so that every night
I could pollute the
minds of every family member for my agenda;]
[I would attack then family, the backbone of any
nation. I would make
divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so
does the nation;]
[I would compel people to express their most depraved
fantasies on canvas and movies screens, and I would call it art;]
[I would convince the world that people are born
homosexuals, and that their lifestyles should be accepted and marveled;]
[I would convince the people that right and wrong are
determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agendas
as politically correct;]
[I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant
and out of date, the
Bible is for the naive:]
[I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them
believe that prayer is not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are
[I GUESS I WOULD LEAVE THINGS PRETTY MUCH THE WAY THEY
is a Defeated Foe (vs 32) [–
“But I have prayed for thee, that thy
faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” –
Christians need to understand that they already have the victory through our
Lord Jesus Christ. We are not
fighting for victory, we are fighting from victory.]
In order to walk in victory you
(1 John 4.4) [- Born Again – “. . .
and when thou art converted, . . .” –
To be converted has little to do with ones religious practices, but much to do
with ones relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
We cannot defeat the devil in our own strength or my the strength of our
will. But in Christ we have already
overcome our adversary. ]
of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is
in you, than he that is in the world. ]
from the Lord Jesus Christ you will be and are mastered by the power and
authority of the devil, but through the Lord Jesus Christ you are delivered from
the grasp of the devil and are now an overcomer.
Before his conversion Peter his in a room with the other disciples.
After his conversion Peter preached the gospel and multitudes came to a
saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
The difference was the empowering presence of God in Peter’s heart and
(Eph 4.11-16) [– “. . .
strengthen thy brethren.” – Many
Christians think that once they accept Christ that they have done all they can
do for their Lord. The truth is
that once you become a Christian then you need to become an active serving part
of a local Church brethren. It is
through the Church that Christians will realize the truth’s presented in this
passage. A bon again Christian can
never be complete apart from the body of Christ, which is the Church of Christ.]
gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some,
pastors and teachers; 12 For the
perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the
body of Christ: 13 Till we all come
in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a
perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we
henceforth be no more children,
tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight
of men, and cunning craftiness,
whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which
is the head, even Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined
together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the
effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto
the edifying of itself in love. ]
need to be an active part of a Bible believing Church so that they can receive
the stabilizing spiritual support that only their Church can give them in this
world. Just any church won’t do,
you need to be a part of the true Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.]
Feb 3, 2008