Editor’s Note: Pastor Tom Tompkins is a friend of mine and an anointed preacher Â an Â teacher of the Word of God. He is the Senior Pastor of Winlight Ministries in Â Shreveport, Louisiana. This teaching, when received, will completely change the way Â you think the devil can react to God’s favor, anointing, and blessing on your life!
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There are many catch phrases used by Christians. We have all heard several of them from “God is awesome” to “the best is yet to come”. Some of these phrases are great but some are very misleading and will open the door to Satan in our lives without our realizing it. You may have heard somebody utter the phrase,.” new level new devil.” This is exactly what I am talking about when I say we may open the door to Satan without realizing it. Satan is full of crafty tricks and if we donâ€™t have an accurate understanding of Godâ€™s word we are in for a battle that is going to leave us beaten and bruised.
Do we all deal with different threats from the devil?
I feel certain that all Christians have pondered questions concerning whether they are dealing with something that Satan came up with just for them. I used to believe that Satan had a plan exclusively for my life. I was completely wrong.
Believe it or not nothing we do as a result of sin is from something Satan just decided to attack us with. Satan must have an open door to come in and successfully attack our lives. I Peter 5:8 – Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Satan is not devouring whomever he wishes. He is looking for somebody who has opened the door to him and may not even realize it. I know this all too well from my own experience.
There was once a time when I believed that Satan would attack with twice the force any time God moved in my life. This was at a time in my life when powerful moves of God were far and few between unlike today when I am seeing God move powerfully on a regular basis. I had no clue at the time how widely I had opened the door to Satan with my belief system.
Each and every time I saw a powerful move of God in my life I would experience something terrible shortly after. Some examples are a serious car accident, physical sickness and even rejection from those who I believed to be my friends. While most of these experiences took place based on my own mistakes, it was ultimately the fact that I was expecting bad things to take place that opened the door for my beliefs to manifest.
Eventually a day came when the Lord revealed the truth to me about what was really happening in this area. Proverbs 23:7 – As a man thinks in his heart so will he become. I saw myself being attacked by Satan so this gave him an open door because I was thinking of it in my heart just as the Bible says. When I realized that I needed to change the way I thought if I was going to see any changes I did so. The results were immediate! I stopped expecting Satan to attack me when I experienced a powerful move of God and the attacks stopped.
Even though Satan was to blame in some of those situations it was ultimately my decisions and beliefs that gave him an open door. In short it was my fault and nobody else’s.
Donâ€™t get me wrong. Satan is constantly trying to attack us but he cannot even begin to succeed without our permission. This may come as a shock but it is true. You cannot be tempted to do anything you do not first think about.
Have you ever been tempted to rob a bank or commit murder? If your answer is no it is due to the fact that you never gave thought to doing so. Yet there are many people who rob banks. Is this because Satan is tempting them from a different file other than what he tries with you? Not at all. I Corinthians 10:13 will seal it up for us. It says, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. “
In other words Satan doesnâ€™t have a new bag of tricks for every believer.
SATAN’S ONLY TRUE WEAPON
Satan does not have an arsenal of weapons to fight against us with. In fact he only has one, deceit. If Satan can deceive us he knows he has us. Satan may tell us we are going to die when Godâ€™s word tells us we are going to live.
Satanâ€™s main goal is to get us to deny God and curse his name. If he cannot do so his next line of defense is to come at us with well meaning people who have been mislead by a mixture of Godâ€™s word and carnal knowledge (religion). The two donâ€™t mix just as oil and water do not mix. The less pure of the oil and water will float to the top. The same applies in our lives. When we are taking in wrong teaching it will float to the top. This is just what Satan wants.
He wants us to believe that his attacks are more powerful if we grow in the Lord. Yes, Satan will attack more often if we are more of a threat to him but once again, he cannot succeed if he does not have an open door to come through. It is the same way with God as evidenced in Revelation 3:20 – Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
The Holy Spirit will not invade our lives. In the same way Satan cannot do so either. Both God and Satan must have an open door to operate in our lives. Satan knows if he can cause us to look at God in a worldly way he (Satan) can basically have his way with us.
Most Christians believe in trials and tribulation. Yes, the Bible mentions this but they are not car wrecks, lost loved ones, losing a business we once owned or getting a divorce. Each one of these things is contradictory to the word of God.
If somebody you love asks you for help do you push them away and call it love? No! None of us hurt people out of love. If you just blessed your spouse with a gift are you planning to hide it from them or sell it and say, “I was just testing your faith”? No way! But Satan wants us to believe that God works this way however God is nothing like this at all. With Satan itâ€™s all about deceit. If he can get us to believe that God wants us to suffer he knows he can attack us on a regular basis and have no resistance.
If Satan can get us to believe the opposite of what the Bible really says he knows he can have a field day in our lives. I personally live a nearly 100 percent problem free life. Sure I have some small struggles here and there but nothing like I used to. This doesnâ€™t happen in my life because I am blessed in a way that nobody else is. God is no respecter of persons according to Acts 10:34. If I can live a nearly problem free life why canâ€™t anybody else? Back when I believed that Satan would attack me twice as hard when I saw a powerful move of God in my life was when I had so many problems. Unlike today when I really have no problems and you can be in this position too!
Let the truth be known.
The Bible doesnâ€™t tell us in any place that Satan can openly attack us at any time. As I have already mentioned, he must have an open door to do so. God wants us to be happy and have a great time getting through our earthly lives. Below are some scriptures that back this up.
Ephesians 1:3 – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
John 10:10 – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (Satan is the thief, not God.)
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
And the list goes on.
I challenge you to try it for a week. For a mere seven days. Donâ€™t expect to suffer and see what happens. Expect things to work out without trouble and watch how it turns out. This is my challenge to you.
Â© 2010 – Tom Tompkins (http://www.wlmi.org)