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03 Man And Satan

03 Man And Satan

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 An old song I remember starts with "There's something wrong with the world today". I have not found anyone who has disagreed with that. Things just seem to get worse everyday. Attached is the 3rd GoodNewsLetter. This week, we look into who Satan is and how he deceivedmankind into rejecting God and accepting his way of death and destruction. We need to know this to know what is wrong with the world today. This is the 1st step in setting things right.Jesus said in John 8:32 that "... you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." When we walk in that freedom, we can stand our ground and say to Satan what Neo said at the end of Matrix:"I'm going to hang up this phone, and then I'm going to show these people what you don't want them to see. I'm going to show them a world without you in control."
The Shepherd’s Staff Chapter 3- Man And Satan Page 1 of 4John Kodiyil -gileadrising@gmail.com- +91 90481 24673 - Private circulation only.
 
Chapter 3 - Man And Satan
A. MAN - THE IMAGE OF GOD - MADE TO HAVE DOMINION
God had a very real reason for creating man (male and female). He had awonderful plan and purpose for them. Because God is love. He desired to havebeings of like-mind and like-heart with whom He could share His life... all that Heis and all that He is involved with ... who would rule the heavens and the earthwith Him like sons. So He created man - in His own image.
"Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let themrule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.' So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them" (Gen 1:26,27).
B. LUCIFER
God created many wonderful things before He created the heavens and the earth.Among them were the angels - spirit beings whose purpose is to fulfill God's will.Angels worship God and serve Him continually (Rev 5:11-14).However, when Lucifer, one of the great leading angels, understood about God'splan to create man, he rebelled against God. He wanted to be above God'sThrone. He wanted the position and authority God had planned for mankind. Hewanted to rule all creation from above God's Throne in HeavenWhen Lucifer rebelled, God cast him out of Heaven. At the same time, one-thirdof the angels joined in his rebellion and were cast out with Lucifer (Rev 12:4).
"How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star (Lucifer), son of the dawn!You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!"You said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above thestars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High" (Isa 14:12-14).
Lucifer was cast to the earth, where he is now known as 'Satan' or 'The Devil'.Separated from the glory of the Creator God, he lost the beauty and light he hadonce had (Eze 28:11-17) and became evil and full of darknessThe angels who fell with him also lost their glory and became evil spirits, in God'snewly created world. But Satan's evil ambition did not change and so he setabout with another plan to try and usurp (unlawfully take) God's Throne - hewent after the man God had created.
C. THE TEMPTATION
God gave His first man and woman (Adam and Eve) authority over all the earth,and told them to keep it under His dominion.
The Shepherd’s Staff Chapter 3- Man And Satan Page 2 of 4John Kodiyil -gileadrising@gmail.com- +91 90481 24673 - Private circulation only.
 
To keep them safe from Satan and his evil spirits, God planted two special treesin the garden where Adam and Eve lived. God called them 'The Tree of Life' and'The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil' (see Genesis 2:9,17).The Tree of Life represented the Life and Authority of God Himself - so in eatingits fruit, Adam and Eve would be filled more and more with God's strength andlove and glory.The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil represented Satan's life andauthority, and as long as Adam and Eve did not eat its fruit they were safe fromthe evil spirits which filled the earth. The dominion of the whole Creation wouldalways be theirs if they obeyed their loving Creator God (Heb. 2:8)."The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it andtake care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man.
"You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from thetree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die" (Gen 2:15-17).
However, Satan deceived Eve. He told her the Tree of the Knowledge of Good andEvil wasn't really bad - rather it would make them like gods. She believed the lieand ate the fruit of the Tree. Adam, although he knew it was a lie, also ate of thetree (1 Tim 2:14).
"When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing tothe eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. Shealso gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it" (Gen 3:6).
D. THE RESULT
Through that one act of sin, man lost the glory and image of God and thedominion over the Creation. Satan then took the throne vacated by Adam andEven and exercised his dominion over the earth, and death filled the world (Heb2:14,15).
"....sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in thisway death came to all men, because [in Adam] all sinned.... (Rom 5:12).
All the generations following Adam and Eve have inherited their fallen nature. Allhave come under the power and dominion of Satan.
"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used tolive when you followed the ways of this world and the ruler of the kingdom of theair, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by natureobjects of wrath" (Eph 2:1-2).
People's hearts, everywhere, are now filled with:
1. Idolatry 
"For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave their thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts weredarkened.
The Shepherd’s Staff Chapter 3- Man And Satan Page 3 of 4John Kodiyil -gileadrising@gmail.com- +91 90481 24673 - Private circulation only.

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