HOW SATAN BRINGS DOWN GREAT AND POWERFUL MEN!
I came across this article which was originally published by Pastor David Ogbueli, I wanna share it with you and the whole world, it is nothing but the truth! I will encourage to read to the finish.
Games Satan Plays – 1&2
How is Satan able to bring down great men who are giant killers doing mighty things in the kingdom of God? How is satan able to distract a person focused on God with all his/her heart? How did satan get the Adams, Esaus and Judases of this world who were all on the course of greatness to turn around and fall?
The Bible tells us exactly how he achieves this.
Satan uses tricks and well orchestrated games to plot the downfall of men. Remember that the first time the devil was introduced in the Bible, he was introduced as
a subtle and deceptive creature (Gen. 3:1). The Bible also tells us that he deceives the whole world (Rev. 12:9); that’s his strongest strategy – game playing and deception.
Satan is a game player and he has achieved tremendous results doing this.
Let’s look at the five most successful games he sets up:
1. PROJECT THE MERCY OF GOD
This is meant to be a good thing but the devil twists it to his advantage. He tells you and encourages you to sin and misbehave because God is merciful and will forgive you. Yes, God will forgive you when you repent but at what cost? God’s forgiveness is total but you would have lost something. For instance, if Joseph had sinned with Potiphar’s wife, he would obviously be promoted in Potiphar’s house but he would have lost the chance to rule the whole of Egypt. He would have been content ruling in Potiphar’s house and he would never know the great destiny he lost.
Likewise, if Jesus had yielded to the temptations of Satan in Matt. 4:4-10, yes, God would have forgiven him but he would have lost the chance of being the King of kings; for only a sinless man could stand in as the saviour of the whole world.
Let no one deceive you, although sin will be completely forgiven and wiped away, it has consequences. Also, take a look at David who people like to quote and use as a licence to sin. The common comment is that David sinned but God forgave him and he was still called the man after God’s heart. This is true, however, let’s look closely at his life. Notice that the child that came out of his relationship with Bathsheba died. God also told him that the sword will never depart from his house (2nd Sam. 12:10), that there would be calamity, and that his close associates will sleep with his wives (2nd Sam. 12:11). The worst part is that his story would be put in the Bible so that generations after generations till eternity will read and know what David thought he did in secret. In other words, the secret sin of David would be exposed to the whole world.
Abraham sinned with Hagar. Did God forgive him? Yes! Absolutely but look at the effect all over the world. We have the descendants of Abraham and Hagar’s liaison cause trouble all over the world through Islam (Gen. 16: 11-12). Even in Abraham’s household, no peace was found in his home, as the two women fought constantly and the kids quarrelled and intimidated each other (Gen.15:5).
If you are a man or woman of destiny, the devil will play this game on you. Remember that If you sin you will be forgiven but you will never know the great destiny you have lost and sometimes you may never get it back. Take a cue from Esau and Judas. The Bible says though they sought back their birthright with many tears but never got it back.
Do not despise and sell your birthright for any reason. Your relationship with God and the destiny he has set for you, is more important and more valuable than all the treasures of the earth.
Satan gains victory over the saints not because he has power over them, but because he is versed in the art of subtility, deceit and trickery (Gen. 3). As a matter of fact, Satanic tricks are more powerful and deadly than satanic power. That’s primarily because the tricks of Satan catches you unaware. Let’s take a look at some of the other tricks Satan plays:
TEXT: 1st Cor. 3:18, Rev. 14:15
MYOPIC FOCUS: He has won several times with this strategy especially in this overtly competitive age of the 21st century. The danger of this strategy is that it affects you in this life and in eternity.
The game Satan plays here is to
get you to focus only on the natural and material side of life. He gives you a myopic (short sighted) view of life. He ensures you forget that there is eternity and a day of reward and reckoning coming (2nd Cor. 5:10).
Satan ensures that he makes the rating system of the world your rating system rather than making God’s rating system your standard. Thus, you start defining success the way the world defines success which is based on the number of cars, clothes and other material possession one has; the struggle to acquire these things and measure up to society standard consumes your heart, soul and thought process. At the end of the year and worse still at the end of your lifetime, you end up acquiring nothing of eternal value and nothing of eternal worth, thus making your life a wasted and spent life as against a life that was invested in the advancement of God’s agenda.
Yes, you may have acquired loads of material possession but Satan has the last laugh because your life did not count significantly on earth and in eternity (Rev. 3:17). Worse still is the fact that you may end up in hell just like the example Jesus gave us in Matthew 25:24-30, about the man that was given a talent but he buried it in the ground. The Bible says he was cast into the outer darkness where there was weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Don’t fall for this trick. Ensure that whilst you’re acquiring things in this life, remember that the only thing you will take out of this life is not the clothes, shoes, material possession, reputation or degrees. The only thing you will take out of this life are the works you did for Jesus (Rev.14:15), because ultimately that’s what counts.
I will keep you posted!