ESV - 12 And the Lord said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand." So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
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The Lord has two wills, a permissive and a sovereign will. So when the Satan does attack there is always a valid reason why the Lord will allow the trial to transpire. We know that Satan means it for our total destruction however the Lord is a Teacher of Good thing and with the test or trial he will immediately use it as a means to perfect us through the various fruits of the spirit. Case and point: I have learned to immediately ask the Lord what fruit of the Spirit he is perfecting in me at the time of a test. One of my faults is being impatience. So I oftentimes find myself being attack where timing is a factor. Remember the word of God states count it all joy when we fall into various test and trials knowing that the working of those test brings about patience i.e. a form of temperance which is a fruit of the spirit...
"The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea" (Isa 11:9b) At the Mount of Olives, the disciples of Jesus asked Him, "What will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" (Mt 24:3). He listed a number of endtime signs and then concluded, "The Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then, finally, the end will come" (v14). The Devil is more furious than ever because he knows that he has but a little time (Rev 12:12). He stirs up the powers of hell to work against soulwinners and evangelists. He instigates rulers to persecute missionaries. Persecution has always been there, but it will be intensified towards the end (Mt 24:9,10). The promises of Christ to the Church in Smyrna and the one in Philadelphia are for all missionary-minded Christians to claim: "Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer... I have opened a door for you that no one can shut... Look, I am coming quickly!" (Rev 2:10a; 3:8a, 11a). A missionary evangelistic revival is widespread all over the world. Church growth has never been so rapid in all these twenty centuries. Over 75000 souls are added to the Church worldwide everyday. The Lord of the Harvest is recruiting workers even at five in the evening because the harvest is still plenty (Mt 20:6,7). If Pentecost is compared to former rain, we will have the latter rain now, just before the Return of Christ so that every field becomes a lush pasture (Zech 10:1). The Holy Spirit will manifest His power in an unusual manner at this last hour. The primary motivating factor in the life of Paul for evangelism was the Return of Christ. He loved souls because he loved the appearing of the Saviour. He desired his spiritual son Timothy to imbibe the same spirit. When he reminded Timothy of the Great Commission, he oftentimes referred to the Second Coming (1 Tim 6:12-15; 2 Tim 4:1,2). Eventhough the Great Tribulation has not yet come, the troubles faced by nations of the world are already great! The future is bleak. Leaders are baffled. The Church of Christ alone has a valid reason to lift up its head in optimism. Nations are boasting emptily of their past glory, but the Church can boast expectantly of its future glory! The main reason is that the earth is going to be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea!
Satan breaks through when we open the door to temptation. He is only too happy to convince us that the temptation is "good" and "normal" and "OK." We confront temptation not in our own power but in yielding totally to the Holy Spirit. If we do not yield totally, Satan will break through again. Obviously, for most of us, it is a daily confrontation.
As a believers and followers of God in Jesus Christ, we are given the right to become children of God (John 1:10-13); it means, we have the God's power (the Holy Spirit) dwells in us and we become salt of the earth, and the light of the world. (Mathew 5:13-16; John 8:12; 9:5). In this world, Satan is not God's business, but ours; it is our job to cast Satan out, as a children of God (Mark 16:17-18).
For one thing, if satan wasn't allowed to entice us, how would we know sin? Then we would no need of a savior. Jesus tests our love between him and satan. I don't believe we are totally saved until he comes back, for if satan can fool the very elect, as Jesus said we must be able to fall short. And believing is just not all we do to be saved, for satan does that, we must be willing to accept his spirit in us, an his light will shine in us thru his works we do in his name an glory, not our works but his...
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