Everything we need to know about the devil is recorded in our Bible, despite all this, some folks are still ignorant. Some church going folks think God and the devil share equal power. Some don’t know where the devil came from, they think he always was, just like God. When people are ignorant concerning the devil they assign him some power he just does not have.
Isaiah 54:16 I have created the smith that blows the coals in the fire, and that brings forth an instrument for his work: and I have created the waster that destroys.
Isaiah the prophet gives us an explanation of the devil’s existence. God created the devil but he began as an angel, he thought he was equal to God and it cost him his place in heaven and his identification. When the angel lucifer was kicked out of heaven he became satan, the devil. The nature of lucifer is wrath and revenge, he has never forgiven God and he never will. He cannot touch God so he targets those created in His image, us born-again Christians. The devil is out to destroy everything good and put fear in the hearts of God’s people.
2 Timothy 1:7 God has not given us the spirit of fear: He gave us the Spirit of power, love and a sound mind.
God created an angel that became a fearful creature but He did not give us this creature to torment us. If you read Isaiah carefully you will perceive God offering an explanation of His plan that went awry. If you continue to read you will see our Lord taking care of all this, He did not saddle us with a problem He created. The devil used a snake to deceive Adam’s wife but we can’t really blame the devil because Adam had dominion over all creeping things. God gave Adam a prophetic promise, He would deal with the devil and make restoration with all His creation.
Hebrews 2:14 Jesus became a human being just like Adam, that through His death He would destroy the devil who had the power of death.
The devil figured that if he could crucify Jesus, His Father would have to curse Him and send Him to hell. With the Son of God out of the way the devil would have free reign over mankind for all eternity. But on the third day the Holy Ghost raised Jesus from the dead, sealing the devil’s fate forever. When Jesus rose from the dead He spoiled principalities, in other words He disarmed the devil. Now things are back to where they began, now we have dominion over creeps and every demon.
The devil is no big deal.
Why should we regard the devil as if he has power? The devil and all his plans are destroyed, so why think he can do something to separate you from God. The devil doesn’t even warrant a thought, he is like a bad dream, it comes and goes and we assign it no importance. The devil is not important enough to listen to, what can we possibly gain from a committed liar. The devil relies on attention in order to promote himself just like all phonies. If the devil can’t get you to pay attention to him, he will sulk away and come back later because he aint what he use to be.
I am not afraid to give, I am not afraid to cross the Jordan.
My faith is in the promises, God is not a man that He should lie.
My prosperity is on the other side, God will help me get across.
Nothing can oppose me, because God is on my side.
GOD’S EXPECTED END
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
GOD’S WILL IS TO HEAL: Matt 9 Jesus traveled healing every sickness and disease.
Matt 10 Jesus gave his disciples (us) the authority to do the same and sent them (us) Luke 10 Jesus sent out 72 others to do the same.
Mark 16 Jesus said signs would follow: “Lay hands on sick they will recover”!
John 14:12 Those who believe would do greater works!
PRAYING FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK
PRAYING FOR PROTECTION OVER THOSE WHO ARE NOT
PRAYING IN AGREEMENT FOR MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGH
PRAYING FOR GOD’S EXPECTED END
PRAYING AGAINST FEAR (OUR OWN AND OTHERS) FEAR OF GETTING SICK/ FEAR OF LACK DURING AND AFTER
Romans 4:21 “And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he is able to perform it.”
Jeremiah 33:6 "I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security”