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Understanding Satan’s role (5)

Understanding Satan’s role (5)

Luke writes: ‘Jesus said, “Simon, listen to me! Satan has demanded the right to test each one of you, as a farmer does when he separates wheat from the husks. But Simon, I have prayed that your faith will be strong. And when you have come back to me, help the others”’ (vv. ...

Bob Gass

September 25th, 2017

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Understanding Satan’s role (4)

Satan’s attack can be a wake-up call. Do you know that when you refuse to acknowledge your sin and repent of it, the wall of protection around you is breached and Satan is free to come in and attack you? Paul writes to the Corinthian church: ‘I have heard terrible things ...

Bob Gass

September 24th, 2017

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Understanding Satan’s role (3)

Understanding Satan’s role (3)

Satan’s attack can strengthen your faith. The devil dared to question the stability of Job’s faith, so God gave him permission to test Job. ‘The LORD said to Satan, “All right then. Everything Job has is in your power, but you must not touch Job himself”’ (Job 1:12 NCV). ...

Bob Gass

September 23rd, 2017

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Understanding Satan’s role (2)

Understanding Satan’s role (2)

Satan’s attack can drive you closer to God. That was true in Paul’s life. Think of Paul’s CV: a personal audience with the resurrected Christ, a participant in heavenly visions, an apostle chosen by God, an author of the Bible. He healed the sick, travelled the world, and ...

Bob Gass

September 22nd, 2017

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Understanding Satan’s role (1)

Understanding Satan’s role (1)

Satan is a fallen angel who wasn’t satisfied to worship God; he wanted to occupy His throne. Angels, like humans, were made to serve and worship God. And they were given free will; otherwise, how could they worship? But Satan said, ‘I will make myself like the Most High’ ...

Bob Gass

September 21st, 2017

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Recognize when Satan is at work

Recognize when Satan is at work

Just as the apostles worked astonishing miracles through the power of God, Simon the sorcerer was able to do astonishing things through the power of the devil. So how did the apostles handle the situation? Did they sidestep it? Coexist peacefully with it? Say, ‘It’s no big ...

Bob Gass

July 6th, 2017

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Satan, Defeated (2)

Satan, Defeated (2)

Satan is a deceiver, but Jesus is a revealer. So any time you bring Jesus into the situation, Satan is unmasked and his plans for your life are exposed and foiled. Satan is referred to in Scripture as “darkness,” and Jesus as “light.” The moment the light moves in, the ...

Bob Gass

July 24th, 2016

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Satan, Defeated (1)

Satan, Defeated (1)

Have you ever watched one of those TV shows where the police show up, surprise the criminal and say, “You’re busted,” then put them in handcuffs and take them off to jail? That’s what Jesus did to Satan. This word “destroy” implies “to come unglued,” or “to fall apart.” ...

Bob Gass

July 23rd, 2016

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