Don't Let The Enemy Steal From You
Don't Let The Enemy Steal From You
The Enemy Wants To Steal What’s Yours
The devil does not come to you and say:
"I'm the devil."
No, that's not how the devil appears.
The Bible says he appears as an angel of light.
So, how can you tell?
In fact, the devil is never more deceitful
and cunning than when he appears,
as the Bible says: a minister of righteousness,
which is according to works.
And we think that the enemy comes and
we can tell. You know, so obvious.
And for believers, it often comes very subtly.
It comes as a thought in your mind.
He will drop something in your mind,
or he can shoot a symptom of a disease
in your body, that you have to
accept and believe.
And then you believe you have it, then you got it.
He can do all kinds of things to steal from you.
Steal what? Your health!
Kill, and destroy.
So the idea of stealing means you have it.
You don't steal something from a house, right,
or from a person if the person does not have it
or the house does not possess it.
It's not there in the house!
You only steal because there is something that
a person has that you want to take away, right?
And the Bible says: "Satan comes to steal,"
"to kill, and to destroy."
So after you've killed, how can you destroy?
It's killed already. Destroy the testimony,
the reputation of the person. It goes on, you know?
The devil hates some people that
even after they've passed away,
he tries to destroy— even until today,
the devil hates Martin Luther. Hmm?
So, the Bible says: "Put on the whole armor of God"
"that you may be able to stand against the"
"wiles of the devil."
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood."
Watch this, "but against principalities."
The first level are principalities.
That's why the word is "principal."
The first, alright?
The evil spirits are principalities.
The ones that are around on earth.
The ones that tempt you,
the ones that put bad thoughts in your mind.
The ones that make you feel the symptoms of
the sickness and disease and says that you are next.
Or you probably have that disease.
Right? That evil one.
Or the one that comes to you and tells you:
"Do you see your wife, the way she"
"talks to you just now? She's taking you for granted."
"She doesn't care about you anymore."
Actually, she's undergoing anxiety
at that time and she probably said something
out of anxiety, her tone is not right.
But instead of believing the truth of the matter,
the devil has lied to you.
And now your treatment of your wife is based on a lie.
Here's What God Wants You To Focus On
You must know this, people.
Live in the Spirit. Walk in the Spirit.
To the world, and to some Christians,
some carnal Christians as well, to them,
the physical world is more real.
"I sit on this chair, you know, this is real."
"I can feel it, Pastor." But you know something?
The Bible says that the things that are temporal
are things that you can see.
The things that are seen are temporal.
The things that you can feel,
that which is palpable,
like this speaker, anything you can touch,
this pulpit, anything you can touch is temporal,
even our bodies, because you can see it.
But you can't see your spirit. My spirit. Why?
Anything of the spirit is eternal.
So we think we are more conscious of temporal.
Come on! One day, if it is left alone,
it will disintegrate, so does the body. Amen.
But the spirit is forever, forever healthy,
forever, forever, forever, which is quite a long time.
So, the devil wants to make sure that
you don't think about whatever that
is happening to you in the spirit.
He wants you to just think about the physical,
it's more important. It's more important.
I tell you, there's a provision you can't see
that never changes.
That's why Jesus looked up to heaven with five loaves
and two small fish.
In the Greek, it is two small fish,
Two small fish and five loaves,
He looked up to the invisible realm,
to the supply in the kingdom of God.
He looked to the Father.
And when He fed them, all of them were fed
until they were full, and there were
twelve baskets full left-over.
But we look towards the physical,
"What is this among so many?"
Are you with me so far?
So, what I'm going to show you is this:
that when He has done this: "wipe out the handwriting,"
"nailing it to the cross."
The next verse says:
"Having disarmed principalities and powers,"
"He made a public spectacle of them,"
"triumphing over them in it."
"So, having disarmed principalities"
Same word! "Principalities and exousias."
So in other words, for example,
you ask: "How come the devil had authority?"
Or "the demons have authority?"
You do something you're not supposed to do.
Now he says, "Look, God, you said"
"the soul of sins will die. That's the law of the universe."
"You cannot break your law, God."
"He just sinned. I saw him sin."
"I have the right to do this to him."
That's exousia (authority) on the devil's part.
Do you understand?
But this is the good news: this verse is saying:
Jesus disarmed the exousias (devil's authority.)
The devil has no more authority over our lives.
So when you study warfare, it's important you
understand He stripped them of all authority over us.
That doesn't mean— a deceiver—
the wiles of the devil is such that—
he makes you think.
When someone has already lost,
but he can make you think he's winning.
Stand Your Ground!
"Therefore, take up the whole armor of God"
"that you may be able to withstand in the evil day,"
"and having done all, to stand."
So, what does it mean to stand?
Notice the emphasis on "stand."
Stand, stand, stand.
"That you may be able to withstand. In the evil day."
"And having done all, to stand."
Stand means what? Stand your ground.
Stand means you already have the victory.
You're standing on victory ground.
You're standing on health ground.
You're standing on holiness ground.
You're standing on wisdom ground.
You're standing on favor ground!
But the enemy will try his best to tell you that
no, you don't have it.
You need to get it. But you don't have it.
And that's a fiery dart, because
to stand means it is yours already.
He's trying to take what is yours.
So even for people with symptoms in their body,
do you know you are the healed,
and the devil is trying to steal that from you?
Because by His stripes, you were healed.
Past tense. You are the healed.
We ARE, not trying to be
more than conquerors through Christ.
The sin that you are so troubled about,
that you find yourself falling into again and again,
if you're a child of God, listen, it has
no power over you.
The problem is that you're reckoning it so alive.
You are so afraid of it, you reckon it alive,
and that's why it's alive in you.
Regardless of what comes against you,
your thoughts and all that,
whether physical symptoms and all that, say:
"I am the healed of the Lord. Thank you, Lord."
Take communion and say:
"Lord, by Your stripes, I am HEALED." Amen.
Take Up The Shield Of Faith
Notice the things that you put on.
Okay? The things that you put on.
"Having your loins gird with truth."
It's aorist tense. All these are aorist tense.
That means it's done already.
You're not putting it on. It's done.
"Having girded your loins with truth,"
"having put on the breastplate of righteousness."
Done already. Are you listening?
"Your feet shod with the preparation of the"
"gospel of peace." Done already.
"Above all, taking the shield of faith"
"by which you will be able to quench"
"all the fiery darts of the wicked one."
It's also aorist tense!
Alright? Though it's in the participle,
which means you take it up,
and you still hold it up.
So all this is done already.
Notice the shield of faith is called the shield—
in the Greek, it is called the shield of THE faith,
and it's ABOVE ALL!
Of all the pieces, God says.
I know the most offensive is a sword.
The rest are defensive, right?
But of all these defensive ones, if you don't have
anything else, remember,
if you have your shield, you're still protected.
That's why it says, above all,
taking up the shield of faith.
And the Roman shield is actually like a door shape.
It covers the entire body.
Okay? It covers the entire body.
Are you with me so far?
Have you seen the, they call it the phalanx?
Right? They cover it, and like a tortoise, right,
to protect from the arrows and all that.
So their shield is full length.
It covers them.
God says, "Take up the shield of THE FAITH,"
"by which you shall be able to quench all the"
"fiery darts of the wicked one."
THE FAITH means only one thing.
Today we say: "What's your faith?"
"What's your faith? What's your faith?"
No, it's not a matter of what's your religion.
THE FAITH here refers to one thing only:
justification by faith. Let me prove that to you.
In Galatians 3, it says, "Therefore, the law"
"was our tutor to bring us to Christ,"
"that we might be justified by faith."
Now here: "but after faith"
It is not "after faith." In the Greek, it is:
"After THE FAITH has come,"
"we are no longer under a tutor."
Who is the tutor? The law.
"After THE FAITH has come." But the context here
says that "the faith" refers to justification by faith.
So what is the shield of THE FAITH?
You've got to keep on believing you are
justified by faith.
That's the only shield that will hold, man!
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