This message is a portion of a recorded community webinar that I do at the beginning of the Sabbath each week. The title of the message is “Overcoming Satan, the Devil”. The text is taken from Genesis 1-3, Matthew 7:21, 26 and James 1:13-22. In this message I encourage Christians to not be hearers of the word only and deceive themselves, but doers also, by committing to heart and mind, the words of Yahovah and Yahoshua and to practice what it commands us to do.
Remember that sin is disobedience to Yahovah’s command (1 John 3:4)
- We overcome Satan by staying focused on doing the will of Yahovah, like Yahoshua did, and maintain an accurate knowledge and memory of His commands, so we can accurately repeat and apply His commands when we are tempted by Satan, as Yahoshua did.
- In the first two temptations, Yahoshua rebuked Satan by quoting Yahovah’s words of instruction, “It is written……” However, in the third temptation, Yahoshua rebuked Satan by quoting Yahovah’s command and exercising his authority over Satan.
- Each of us is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire is conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin when it is fully grown, gives birth to death (James 1:14-15)
On the sixth day when Adam was created, he was given authority over the earth and was commanded to subdue it and rule over it (Gen 1:26-28). His desire for the forbidden fruit led to his transgression of God’s law and earning the penalty of the second death for his sin. By his disobedience, he transferred his God given dominion and ownership of the earth into the hands of Satan, who now holds that dominion over the children of disobedience, until the day when Yahoshua will legally strip it from him. As a result, the apostle Paul refers to Satan as the god of this age when he said, “the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe” (2 Corinthians 4:4).
The sin of disobeying God’s command, which Adam and Eve committed in the Garden of Eden, earned them the wrath of Yahovah against them. Yes, Eve was deceived and ended believing the serpent’s lie. The serpent knew what Yahovah had commanded Adam about eating from the trees (Gen 2:16-17). Eve fumbled on her answer to the serpent’s temptation and exposed her weakness as, lack of knowledge to the serpent. As a result, the serpent was able to drag her through unchartered waters during their conversation, while Adam stood idly by watching the whole process of his wife, Eve being deceived by the serpent.
The second Adam, Yahoshua never challenged Satan’s jurisdiction or authority, when Satan tempted him, he simply refused Satan’s offer by quoting the words that come from the mouth of Yahovah, then he commanded Satan to go away. Yahoshua knew that his purpose for being here at his first visit was to follow Yahovah’s plan to redeem the earth and creation. At his second coming, he will administer the binding and banishment of Satan (Isaiah 14:12-15).