[SW156] 10/10/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“What Satan Cannot Do”
Satan cannot make you sin. All of mankind, even Christians whose hearts have not been purified by being baptized in the Holy Spirit, have lust in their hearts. Satan then tempts such ones, and they sin.
All I am about to say is the gospel (truth) which is in Christ!
For those who believe, obey, and thus show that they love God, here is the promise of God:
Hebrews 2:14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He [Christ] Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
Think about it! Satan is rendered powerless over death because Jesus Christ died! If you receive what Christ did on the cross and obey and love God wholeheartedly, Satan loses his favorite weapon — he no longer can make you fear death! It has no victory, no sting (1Corinthians 15:55)!
John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
Satan comes to:
— steal (the Word of God from hearts — Matthew 13:19)
— kill (your body)
— destroy (cause you to endlessly perish in hell)
But if you turn away from sin and to Jesus Christ, and love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, you will have Jesus Christ’s life in you — abundantly, to the full, ’til it overflows, forever!
Yet, there are things Satan CAN do:
— Tempt Christians — he temped Christ (Matthew 4:1-10)!
— Devour Christians who do not resist him.
1Peter 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
— Fill the hearts of those who pretend obedience to Christ (Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:3)
— Afflict the righteous, with God’s permission (as with Job).
— Have dominion over all who have not yet come to Father God through Jesus Christ. As Paul testifies to King Agrippa about his Damascus Road experience, the Lord said to Paul:
Acts 26:16 ‘But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you; 17 rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, 18 to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’
— Possess those who have not been filled with the Holy Spirit (the demoniac of the Gadarenes in Matthew 8:28, the daughter of Abraham bent over double in Luke 13:11).
But Satan cannot:
— Make you sin (James 1:13-15)! The devil does not make you do it. Your own lust makes you sin. Beloved, James is writing to Christians.
— Jesus makes no mention of Satan in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 – 7), which He speaks to His followers and to all of Israel. But He makes much mention of sin, hell, pride and lust, and He speaks this to His disciples and the people of Israel who are the people of God!
How can we be set free from our lust and pride that causes us to sin?
2Peter 1:3 . . . seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
Becoming partakers of the divine nature means being baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire! Your sinful nature dies, and then Christ lives in you!
First, you submit to God. Then, you have the power to resist the devil, and he must flee (James 4:8)!
Here is the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Not only are past sins forgiven, but:
John 8:31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
33 They answered Him, “ We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?”
John 8:34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 “ The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36 “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”
You will still be tempted by Satan, but you will no longer take his bait!
Why do we not live this, even now? There are two possible reasons:
— We do not believe it. Put away your unbelief, surrender fully to God, ask Jesus to baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and you will be free!
— We love our sin. Repent! Sin is always destructive not only to you, but to those around you (Isaiah 59:7)! The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23)! And as if that was not sufficient reason to run full-speed to Jesus Christ to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and set free from slavery to sin.
Beloved, Satan will always tempt, but when you are submitted to God by being filled with the Spirit, you will resist the devil, and he will flee!