James 2:19 “You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.”
Mark 6:4-5 “Then Jesus told them, ‘A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.’ 5 And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them.”
v5 KJV: “And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.”
What is it about God that terrifies the devil? Why does our unbelief affect whether or not we’ll experience a miracle?
The first thing that bothers the devil is the revelation of the one true God. Before there ever was a mountain or sea or river, there was God, only one God, the true God, the Creator, the heavens and the earth Maker. There weren’t planets or stars or galaxies. But, still there was a God and that God determined within Himself to create some things.
He began not with earth, but heaven, a spiritual realm. He created angels. They were there at the creation of the earth.
Gen 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
The angels worshipped that one God. It wasn’t until a created being (Lucifer) decided he wanted to be god that there was war in heaven.
Rev 12:7-9 “Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels. 8 And the dragon lost the battle, and he and his angels were forced out of heaven. 9 This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.”
Luke 10:18-20 “Yes,” he told them, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning! 19 Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. 20 But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.”
This really bothers the devil. There is only one God and His name is Jesus!
You have power over the devil. The serpent bites with the head and the scorpion with the tale. You’ve got power over both.
In place of that dragon, your name has been reserved in that place where an angel has fallen. The devil lost his right that God has now given to YOU!
We will celebrate deliverance from the devil. We will rejoice forever in heaven in the devil’s place.
Why did the angel Lucifer want to be god? Why do we struggle with that same desire? Why do we want power without responsibility?
Satan was always trying to be god, but the true God told him he wasn’t god. So the devil lied and manipulated.
Rev 20:11 “And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide.”
When God reveals His presence in His fullness, everything else gets out of the way. Lucifer will be bound up in fire. Everything will see the glory and presence of God. Everything will bow to Jesus. Everything God has said so far has come to pass, there is no reason that the rest will not happen too! The judgment of God is coming for Satan, not for the church.
2 Peter 2:4 “For God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, in gloomy pits of darkness, where they are being held until the day of judgment.”
Jude 1:6 “And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority God gave them but left the place where they belonged. God has kept them securely chained in prisons of darkness, waiting for the great day of judgment.”
There is an end to the reign of the devil, but there is no end to the reign of Jesus Christ.
Mat 25:41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.’”
There is torment waiting for the devil. An end is coming to the havoc and dominion that Satan has had. This hell isn’t for you, it’s for the devil and his minions. The devil doesn’t control hell, that’s his prison, where he’s going. He hates fire. He doesn’t like his judgment. He has no way out, but you have a way out.
Jesus made a way through His blood. We’ve got a way out, but the devil does not!
Sometimes, you feel so guilty because you got tired and you made mistakes and you want to quit. Plead the blood of Christ. That isn’t coming from inside. Recognize the difference. You get discouraged but plead that blood, it will set you free.
What makes you discouraged? What is the remedy? Where is your hope? You can’t make yourself right, but there is Someone who already paid the price for you. Will you trust Him and allow Him control over your life, every day, in every way?
Eph 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
1 Tim 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
Not only is there no other God, you are one of His children because of His blood.
There is only one gospel. Serve the one true living God, Jesus Christ.
T. W. Barnes in our day was probably the closest thing to Elijah. He asked the Lord to send him to speak to the devil. He wanted to torment them before their time. He told the devil that the devil had never created anything and he ought to be ashamed. He is not anyone’s god, he is just a deceiver.
One time a witch sent a tormenting spirit to him. The spirit came to him to cause him to lose his sleep for a week. He told the spirit to go back to the one who had sent it. A few days later a woman called him and begged for him to call off that spirit, she hadn’t slept for days.
In Jerusalem, the angel Michael greeted him.
He preached nothing new, only the Word of God.
We have all the tools we need. There is no spirit that can stand against God’s people. You have been given authority over the devils.
The second thing that bothers the devil today is the name of Jesus. If it’s used in faith, miracles happen.
Mark 16:17 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; “
In the name of Jesus Christ devil’s will be cast out. There is deliverance in Jesus’ name. That name bothers the devil.
Isaiah 52:6 “Therefore My people shall know My name; Therefore they shall know in that day That I am He who speaks: ‘Behold, it is I.’”
Zech 14:9 “And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day there will be one Lord—his name alone will be worshiped.”
YWYH means ‘I AM.’ He is here always. He heals, provides, victory (banner), makes us holy (sanctifies), gives peace. He is Lord of lords. He is our righteousness. God alone provides righteousness to man. He is our Shepherd. He is there. He is Lord of hosts, God of all. He is highest, the God who sees, the very highest, from everlasting to everlasting, the mighty God.
Psalm 90:1-3 “Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. 3 You turn man to destruction, And say, “Return, O children of men.”
Rev 19:15 “Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”
Isaiah 12:1-6 “And in that day you will say: “O Lord, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. 2 Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For Yah, theLord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’ 3 Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation. 4 And in that day you will say: “Praise the Lord, call upon His name; Declare His deeds among the peoples, Make mention that His name is exalted. 5 Sing to theLord, For He has done excellent things; This is known in all the earth. 6 Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”
John 7:37-39 “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”
Mat 1:21 “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
The name has great significance.
Do you choose to wield the name of Jesus over your life and situations? If not, why not? Do you recognize the power that you’ve been given in that Name? Do you know Jesus? What can you do to build up your faith to work in unity with Him to use His name more effectively in your life?
Zech 3:1-4 “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?” 3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel. 4 Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.”
Jesus was to be the commander of all the armies and take the filthy garments off all the people and rebuke the devil. Jesus is the sacrifice and the judge.
There is healing in the name of Jesus.
Luke 10:17 “Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”
Pro 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.”
John 14:14 “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
The wisemen understood that He was to be the sacrifice as well as King of kings.
There is only one God and His name is Jesus Christ. This bothers the devil.
When you entertain and engage in spiritual warfare without a revelation, you’re doomed.
Do you understand what Jesus’ sacrifice means for your life? Do you understand the deliverance and forgiveness and cleansing and transformation (spiritual change) you’ve been offered? Do you know that this covers not only the past but the present and the future for you? Do you recognize the hope that you can walk in every day of your life?
Jesus isn’t all that excited about defeating the devil. He is more excited about your deliverance and redemption from the devil’s power. He wants to rescue you. That is what excites Jesus!
And this bugs the devil.
David said, ‘Restore unto me the joy of salvation.’ Joy has got to accompany the reaction of salvation. You can’t be saved without joy. You can’t be delivered without joy. If you’re an intercessor, learn to rejoice in the Lord. Don’t carry that burden. Instead, rejoice at what God has done and is doing and will do.
You don’t have to be worried about saying that the devil is a loser. It’s the truth. He’s a loser and you are not.
I believe in one God. I know His name—Jesus. I’ve got the fire!
The Holy Ghost fell on the Day of Pentecost. This was symbolic of the fire that came down on Mt. Sinai. There was a tempest—fire, and wind when Moses received the Ten Commandments.
On the Day of Pentecost, they saw and heard a supernatural symbol that God was doing something new. Fire was on their heads and the wind was blowing and that fire should never go out.
The prophet Jeremiah simply had to speak. It was like fire shut up in his bones.
Fire bothers the devil!
When you’re on fire, you don’t shut your mouth. Fire burns all that chaff, all those things that are ungodly. Fire brings light and warmth.
John the Baptizer was a hard preacher. He called the people hypocrites. He didn’t go to the crowds, the crowds came to him. He knew the Messiah was on His way. He spoke the truth and there were people who didn’t like it. John knew that he wasn’t the Messiah. He knew Jesus was coming with the Holy Ghost and fire!
When there’s a fire, you want to stop the oxygen, but if you blow on it a little bit, it will spread.
The devil hates the fire, especially when it spreads.
Heb 12:29 “For our God is a consuming fire.”
God wants us to burn up with fire, not hellfire, but Holy Ghost fire.
The devil doesn’t want you on fire. He hates it.
Moses was instructed to never let the fire burn out. In the tabernacle, that fire was what burned the sacrifice. Repentance fire brings praise fire. Always be ready to burn a sacrifice and everything that needs to go.
All fire, even Holy Ghost fire requires fuel. What needs to be consumed by that Holy Ghost fire in your life? What can you determine in yourself to feed that fire? What benefits are there in continuously feeding that fire? What weights and sins do you get rid of? Do you feel lighter?
That fire breeds love that causes you to reach for souls and love people. Let the fire burn and let your light shine to this world! Don’t let that fire ever burn out!
Besides sin and weights, other ways to feed that Holy Ghost fire are through prayer, Bible study, and simply, actively seeking to hear and obey the voice of God. How hot is your fire burning? What else do you need to feed it to keep it burning bright?
This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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