VBC – Sunday Morning Service 9-23-18
Turn in your bibles if you would when you get to Ezra chapter 4 you're in the middle of the devil trying to stop the work of God in this chapter. He will cause the work to cease but it'll only be a delay because God always wins and God will win in the end and that's going to be very clear and very obvious to you, but I want to take you through galatia to three Feasts.
Do I know where I am? It was Galatians in Sunday school? That's what it is and that says ra chapter 4 if I could let me read this story with you and you go through the Bible with me as for chapter 4 and verse 1 now when the adversaries underline that word in your Bible of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the Captivity builded the temple unto the Lord God of Israel.
So here's what's going on God's people have now gotten back to. They are now in the process of building the Temple you remember the foundation's already been laid and there are people that just hate anybody who loves God, you know, I honestly around the world you can have any religious affiliation you won't but Christian, but if you're a Christian, they don't like you if you were a Jew in this day, they don't like you and so they have come and they are adversaries and this is what happens and he says receptor for.
And verse 2 the Bible said then they came to zerubbabel into the chief of the fathers and said hey, let us build with you. We seek your God as you do and we sacrifice unto him and we've been doing that for years. And so they approached them and their adversaries but they said hey we want to work together.
Well the first trick the devil uses. To try to get you to drop all barriers. That would say I stand with Jesus he wants to get you tolerant. He wants you to get you accepting and so they claim to worship God they claim to seek him. They know the same talk but they just want to compromise if they if we can let these enemies right into the work with us.
Then it won't go forward like it should so look at Ezra chapter 4 and verse 3 the Bible says, but Drew will Bull and gesture. And the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel said unto them you have nothing to do with us to build our house under our God. We will build it unto the Lord God of Israel.
Just like the king told us to they knew I mean when you first read that first verse if you're reading you didn't see the word adversary you would think well, those are good guys. They've come along to help. It's great to have them but these leaders and the leaders of the people in the. Like the lay leaders and the main leaders, they knew something was wrong.
They evaluated these new people and they knew better. They understood and they agreed they wouldn't compromise. They wouldn't just work with anybody. If you weren't a Believer, they wasn't going to work. We're going to work with you. But in the temple, they wouldn't tolerate false worshippers. They would honor God these guys that had come to them and said they worship God actually also worshiped other gods.
They were people that have idols and false gods in the leadership knew that. No, you're not going to have anything to do with us. So they show their true colors. Look at Ezra chapter 4 and verse 4 the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah and troubled them so they said oh so you don't want us helping you and you're going to rude to us.
We said we worship your God. We said we want to help you. But if you're going to be mean to us, we're going to weaken you were going to do everything we can we're going to cause you trouble we don't want you to get the temple built. Do you understand? We're seeing an attack. The first attack was let us work with you.
And as soon as they said no, they said alright will destroy you we will stop you from getting the work done. Look Ezra chapter 4 and verse 5, they even hire people to frustrate the causes the Bible says. And hard counselors against them to frustrate their purpose. So they hired people they said we don't like them.
We don't like what they're doing. We tried to work with him. They wouldn't let us work with him. They were rude to us. And so now let me hire you and I don't know go break up their stuff go cause trouble go do stuff that would hinder that and Ezra chapter 4 and verse 6, they make an accusation before the government looking chairs ra for.
And just online the word and accusation they wrote unto him an accusation against the inhabitants of Jerusalem of Judah and Jerusalem. So here's what's going on. We love you. We would just love to work together coexist. Let's just all be friends. Oh, you don't want to be friends. Well, we're going to trouble you.
We're going to weaken you we're going to hire people to bring you down and we're going to get the government in on it and see if we can't stop you. So they wrote a letter. To the government Ezra chapter 4 and verse 8. They're pretending to be good citizens. They're pretending to help the king and in chapter 4 verse 8, they wrote a letter against Jerusalem and Ezra chapter 4 and verse 10.
They got everybody to agree with him. They went around saying hey, aren't you all agreeing with us? These Jews shouldn't be doing this aren't you agree with us? We don't need that Temple. We don't like what's going on there. And so they said the in their letter. They said these Jewish people building the.
In verse 12 their rebellious and that's a bad City. And by the way, mr. King and it's Ezra chapter 4 and verse 13. They're going to hurt the tax boat with tax records. If you let them build that up, they won't pay look in chapter 4 verse saying they won't pay told and tribute and custom and so that's going to hurt your income.
I mean, we need them to pay their tax bill. We need them to get involved in pay taxes if they. Is going to hinder what we're doing go down to Ezra chapter 4 verse 14 and he said and it's going to bring dishonor people going to be talking about you how you couldn't handle that people will be talking about how they're hurting you, but he won't realize you weren't smart enough to stop them when you could you got to stop the work of God.
They said why don't you look in the history books and find out what kind of people live in Israel find out who Judah is find out who Jerusalem. And so in Ezra chapter 4 and verse 15, they studied it and the King found out that Jerusalem was really a rebellious City and hurtful under Kings and providence's they found out that Jerusalem had had great Kings.
They found out that Jerusalem had been people that rose up and did great things looking Ezra chapter 4 verse 19. They had made Insurrection. They had fought for their Liberty. They had been freedom and free and in verse 20, they had had mighty king. And so here's what the king says. Stop them.
Don't let the work of God go forward. Stop it now no matter what you got to do chapter 4 and verse 21 cause these men to cease in chapter 4 and verse 22. I'm just trying to take care of my kingdom. I'm just trying to like a good government to do good and he said in 22 so damaged grow so that why why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings in chapter 4 and verse 23.
He said I don't care. If you have to beat them up. I don't care. If you have to arrest them. You can use force and you can use power but stop them but stop them in chapter 4 and verse 24 the then ceased the work of the house of God, which is at Jerusalem. So, it's East under the second year of Darius King of Persia.
You got a while store. Here you just read it in the Bible. I just walked you through the whole chapter. You got a while story here. God wants his temple built God spoke to the king Cyrus and ask him to get the temple built Cyrus had raised up people to give money and raise up people to go and these people were doing right.
They weren't breaking the rules. They weren't disobey in the government. They had gone to raise up the temple, but there are always people who do not want God's purposes to go forward. And so all of a sudden they came out and started attacking God's work that was taken place as they built the temple because Satan doesn't want a place where God is worshipped.
Satan hates. God Satan doesn't want. The template to go through by the way, the temple will get built but not in this chapter and this chapter the whole work will grind to a halt fact is by next chat next week. The people will be more interests. They will say we have forgotten to build God's house and they went to building their own houses.
They gave up on God and started thinking about number one and they built their own houses. They're going to need a preacher to get them right with God and get them back on. Target now what I want you to realize is this we're not Jews. We're not in Jerusalem. We're not in Judah and this story is only an illustration of what's going on in your own life.
Some of you came here today and you're not saved. You're not going to go to heaven when you die and the facts are you are being played in the same way by the devil right? Now first. The devil would be like, let's just be tolerant. Hey, you don't have to be. Born-again believer in Jesus. You can just be a good person.
Let's compromise. Let's work together. If we all love Jesus, it's all okay, if we all just say the name of Jesus like those people did but what the devil wants you to do is to not trust Christ. He wants you to trust your Works. He wants you to trust your getting baptized. He wants to trust you speaking in tongues.
He wants to trust you not eating certain foods. He wants you to trust the fact that you've been a good guy and he will do anything he can to keep you from just admitting you sin against the holy God. The Bible said that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. The Bible said that because of our sin the wages of sin.
The payment for our sin is death and Hell. But God loves you and won't you save and Jesus died on the cross. The Bible says for the wages of sin is death. But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ Our Lord. So he wants you saved and you could be saved but the devil will do anything he can to get you to say now then nnnn.
I don't want to be one of them Believers. I don't want to be one of them Christians. I don't want to be one of them. I don't want to do that because all the devil wants you to do. Is be anything but a surrendered believer in Jesus Christ, who is God in human flesh who died on a cross to pay your sin debt, by the way, you'll walk away today and you'll be like that's okay guy really believes that stuff and some of them people in that room.
They probably agree with him, but for me, I like them they're nice people, but I'm not going to go all the way into this believe in. Just stuff and so the Devils win in the battle in your heart. He'll do anything to keep you from trusting Christ. He'll say to you you can still be Hindu you can still be Islamic.
You can still be anything you want to be and we'll all work together. We'll all just be good friends will just coexist, but the Bible's real clear. There's only one name. Oh, no on this Earth given by God to this earth, whereby we must be saved and that name is the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life no man comes to the father.
But by me it is Jesus and Jesus only for you to go to heaven. You'll have to believe that but then the next thing you'll say is well, I'll believe it and I don't even like you I don't appreciate the way you're talking. I don't appreciate you being so demanding. I don't appreciate you think of your Superior.
I don't think preciate you saying Jesus is the only way and so you'll leave angry and then you'll see if you can't frustrate things and talked of your friends and try to keep people from Jesus believing in Jesus. And then even the government will say let's stop this Jesus talk. That's what's going on.
Now. I want to take you to the New Testament now and I want to show you. That exactly what happens in Ezra chapter 4 is what's happening today. Satan has tactics. He's using all over the world to stop churches to stop Bible preaching to stop people believing in Jesus. Satan is in an all-out War to get you not to believe Jesus turn with me.
If you would in First Corinthians chapter 16 and verse 9 and I want you to know I'm talking to Vision Baptist Church to our church. You and I are experiencing God's blessings. We're seeing him bless our church. We're seeing him financially bless our church. We're seeing him bless our church with attendance and people getting becoming members people even getting saved missionaries going out and so God seems to be at work.
So every believer needs to know that attacks are probably imminent soon. They're coming in 1st Corinthians chapter 16 and verse 9 the Bible says, A great door and effectual is opened unto me and there are many adversaries you need to know that the Apostle Paul said man. God has just allowed me to see people get saved.
God has allowed me to preach the gospel Gods. Allow me to train men to go do the ministry of the work of God, but people don't like it. There's a lot of adversaries this it's not it's not that. You need to go with me to 1st Peter chapter 5 and verse 8 in First Peter chapter 5 and verse 8 that same devil that causes the work to be ceased back in Ezra chapter 4 that same one and all of his tactics.
You need to know that we have an adversary that there is someone who is fighting everything. God does all around the world. The Bible says in First Peter 5:8 be sober that means wake up and pay attention. Don't realize this is for Real happening be vigilant open your eyes pay attention because your adversary Your Atmosphere your enemy the devil as a roaring lion walks about seeking whom he may devour you probably like I'll come on I come on now.
That's hyperbole know that's what the Bible says. And here's what here's what the devil is doing. The devil wants you to go to hell. The devil hates God the devil rebelled against God and then the devil's looking around to see if he can't take other people to hell with him. And then he's looking for believers.
He can get off the track and out of the will of God and out of doing the things of God. And so Believers have to stand up and say no sir. I know we're in a battle and I won't fall. Look at verse 9 First Peter chapter 5 verse 9 whom that accuser that adversary that devil that roaring line resist.
Hold it onto your face. Steadfast in the faith knowing that the same afflictions other believers are being mistreated in the same way all around the world people at love Jesus people that want to serve him are suffering that there's a guy in Turkey right now who is committed the crime of christianizing people.
That's his crime. That's what he's going to prison for christianizing in other words. He's spreading Christianity. But as Believers, we will not be afraid. We will not be afraid and for in Ezra chapter 4 they weren't afraid they said get out of here. You have nothing to do with us. We're not going to work with you.
Look at Philippians chapter 1 and verse 28, you know, you could just write these and look them up later. I know I've got quite a few for you look at this morning and nothing terrified by your adversaries in nothing terrified by your adversary. Is this week? I think Natasha Tolson. I'm not positive.
I think Natasha Tolson put out the article where they tore down a church. I ask Mark what's going on? He said we went to that church and in China, they destroyed a church this week. They tore down the side they messed up stuff. I just saw pictures. They did that. We have an adversary there is stuff going on people do not want the Bible preached there was a day.
In the United States of America churches were pretty popular you and I both know that day is gone. We have an adversary, but we're not going to be worried about it because we know whom we have believed and we will continue doing the work that God has called to us to do so, I'm going to take you through some things because it's second Corinthians chapter 2 and verse 11.
The Apostle. Paul said lest Satan should get an advantage of us for we are not ignorant of his devices and I think you may be. I think you may not realize what Satan is doing who he is and what he's doing all around the world how he is trying and I am only going to give you a few things this morning because of the time but he is out trying to hinder the work of God and as a Believer you ought to know you're in a war of time to show you this but in Ephesians chapter 6 you were supposed to put on your whole armor and Ephesians chapter 6, you're supposed to put on the helmet of salvation.
Ephesians chapter 6 you're supposed to lift the shield of Faith. You're supposed to take the sword of the spirit in Ephesians chapter 6 you were to resist because the devil is coming against us. Did you know that the world you live in is right now under the power of Satan look at what the Bible says in John 12:31 in John chapter 12 and verse 31.
Some people want to blame God for all the garbage that goes on down here but years ago man chose not to obey God they chose their own rule. And that ruler is Satan John chapter 12 and verse 31. The Bible says now is the Judgment of this world now shall the prince of this world be cast out there.
You know who he is a little bit better and a minute. He's the prince of this world across his whole world. There's a rebellion against God you can be of any other religious group that you want to be and there's pretty good free. If you happen to be a Christian, they are out to get you all around the world.
You know, who's out to get you the prince of this world and Ephesians chapter 2 and verse 2. The Bible says wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world listen to this according to the prince of the power of the air the prince of the power of the air the spirit that now works in the children of Disobedience Satan.
Is ruling the world you live in this is a war. Jesus is coming to save you and rescue you from his Talons from his paws from his power to release you and give you salvation and 2nd Corinthians chapter 4 and verse 4. He is the God of this world. He is the God of this world. Let me tell you what he does.
And so you will let this work in your life, right? The very first thing he does is exactly what you saw in Ezra chapter 4 and verse two he wants you to compromise with sin you think on that one a second he wants you to compromise with seeing it as referred to this is what the Bible said, then they came to zerubbabel and to the chief of the fathers and said, hey, let us build with you for we seek your God just like you do.
And we do sacrifice them to him. Hey, we're in the same thing with you. We all agree with you. There's a lot of roads to God in Jesus is just one of them. You can go by the by Islam. You can go by Buddhism. You can go by Hinduism. You can go by Shintoism. You can go by any number of ways, but they're all get to God.
We're all of us loving God and trying to get. That's basically what's going on. She only what the Bible says that the devil does. You know what the Bible says the devil does to see the Devil comes and tries to get us confused about that. I think some of you may be confused. I mean, I think some of you might sound like that coexist idea.
I like the idea that we all ought to be nice to each other. I like that idea that every religion has its merits and every religion has its value. That's really the devil's idea. That's not a Bible. The Bible says in second Corinthians 11:13 second Corinthians chapter 11 and verse 13. They were thinking this all way back in Corinth people were kind of like, hey, we got to get together and get along.
We got to be tolerant. We got to be accepting the Bible says in second Corinthians 11:13 such are false Apostles. Hope you learned that your Bible false Apostle not true Apostles deceitful workers. That means lying workers. People are saying something but not from their heart transforming themselves into the Apostles of Christ.
These people make like they love Jesus and then it says in verse 14 and not don't even get shocked by that and no Marvel for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of Light what the devil's going, you know, some of you when you hear by the devil, you're like, oh well believe it. Because you see a guy with horns and a tail and a red suit and a and a pitchfork and you said I will believe it either he was never like that.
He never has been like that. That's not what he does you realize what the devil wants you to do. The devil wants you here the devil would come to you and say I want you to be good. I want you to be religious. I want you to follow just pick a. Any religion will do you can have this for that one that one if they're all good.
They're all getting the same place. That's what he would say to you. Just don't pick that one. Just don't pick believing in Jesus. Just don't pick being a Christian. Just don't be a believer in Jesus Christ. That's what the devil would say. The Bible says in verse 15 second crime of Corinthians 11:15.
Therefore it is of no great is no great thing. It shouldn't shock you. That his ministers. The devil's ministers are transformed as the Ministers of righteousness. Can I just tell you the Dali Lama? What a nice guy? What a nice guy. I mean these guys come along and they are so nice you go visit them and you talk to them.
They the sweetness just oozes out of them and you're like, I don't know why we don't believe that they're such good people. Here's why because Paul told the Corinthians church. I'll be careful because they're going to be faking it because the devil is a liar because he even turns their preachers into really nice guys.
They might even carry a Bible with them. You might go to them. They said well, I'm a Hindu but I like the Bible. I'm a Buddhist find Joy the Bible. I'm a Muslim, but I enjoy the Bible. We're the children of Abraham to they're going to do anything they can. To get you to not believe in Jesus. Did you know the devil fakes out being a good guy?
Well, I think most of us see him like the roaring lion were kind of like his Wicked guys out to get us all know if he came in here if he came in here, he be the nicest guy in this room. If he came in here, we'd all be a whoo this man that's a nice guy in the room. This guy's not sure anybody else in that church put together and then he would say the sweetest things.
And the word you just tumble out of his mouth like honey. He'd be so sweet, but he wouldn't tell the truth. He'd be lying and the way you'd know the truth what the word of God says and not what he says Paul told Timothy the young preacher. He was training. He better be careful. He teaches Wicked Doctrine look at First Timothy chapter 4 and verse 1 First Timothy chapter 4 and verse 1 by the way, it's going to happen more and more.
As as the time goes by and is Jesus gets closer to coming again in first Timothy chapter 4 year Bible says now the spirit the Holy Spirit speaketh clearly expressly making it very clear that in the last days in latter times. A lot of people some shall depart from the faith. They'll actually believe there's a friend a friend that we knew this been to this church recently.
Walked into a religion of works and baptism got rebaptised and said he didn't believe what he all at what he believed when he believed in Jesus like before I parted from the faith and look what this says the Bible says or do they give heed to seducing spirits? That means spirits that trick you spirits that make you want it that make you desire it.
You're in a wart your soul is at stake. The Souls of your family is at stake The Souls of your friends are at stake seducing spirits and look at it since it right in the Bible their doctrines of devils doctrines of devils so preachers stand up and so religious leader stand up and they can be a writer of Rabbi they can be an Imam they can be they can be the Dali Lama and they are saying stuff that's up the devil and not of God.
I know you're mad at me this morning. I feel like The Lone Ranger right now. I feel like you're thinking. Oh come on your over-emphasise. I'm reading it out of the Bible. I'm reading out of the Bible. I'm reading it right out of the Bible guys said he said speaking verse 2 lies in hypocrisy. That means they lie and they fake it like it's really juicy one.
They might not even believe it themselves. They might not even believe it themselves, but they say it and their conscience has been seared with a hot iron. That means they don't even feel bad about their lies anymore. They gotten so used to being a Prosperity Gospel preacher that they will fleece you and steal your money and still not even feel bad about it.
Buy me an airplane and starve to death yourself. There. They you say, oh, how could they do that? They're there their whole conscience is gone. When they're believing stuff, they shouldn't verse 3, hang on they'll even tell you not to get married. They'll tell you not to eat certain foods all of a sudden it'll become popular.
And by the way, you know, what's under attack today and your world in the United States marriage? I mean you may not agree with this at one time as a religion a religious group said the leaders can't get married. And now the devil's like that one didn't work too good. I've kind of got messed up on that one.
I got a new plan me and Mary Men Women Marry women. I got a new plan. Let's just figure out another way. I'm going to mess up the whole marriage to heal and then diets abstaining from meat certain foods and saying we the way to God you could be on a diet. That's okay. I need to be on that's not the point when you say that if you don't eat pork you can go to heaven.
When you say if you don't eat certain foods, see he said no. No, that's all from the devil. That's all from the devil
honestly and praying for 11:30 to get here. So y'all aren't mad at me. But you need the medicine whether you like it or not. I feel kind of like the doctor that told you got cancer and you're like he's sitting there like I want out of this room as bad as you do, but you still need the truth. So here it comes.
You know how he looks. He looks beautiful in Matthew chapter 7 and verse 15. Jesus said y'all beware of false prophets. Now, let me explain something to you. When a false prophet shows up. He doesn't wear a sign that says hey false prophet. He doesn't come in the back door gun. Nobody needs to know false prophet here today what he does.
Look what he does. He comes to you in sheep's clothing. He comes to you in sheep's clothing. But on the inside, he's really a rare ravenous wolf. So what he does he finds a flock and he covers himself up and sheeps close and he walks into among the sheep and the sheep look and see the sheep and they say he's one of us and when he's in there, they take can eat them.
Jesus said that's how these religious leaders are going to do. They're going to look real good, but they're not telling you the truth. They're going to look. Some of you you know, you're like into other religions tolerant and accepting because it's good and Acts chapter 20 verse 30. The Apostle.
Paul said, I know this after my departing shall Grievous wolves enter in among you and they won't spare the flock. There will be false preachers false. It's they will look good. You will believe in them, but they're here to get people not to believe not to serve Jesus and in verse 30, they will speak perverse things.
They will say crazy wicked stuff. That's why by the way, you need to bring your Bible to church. Honestly you do. You need to bring your Bible. You should not be looking at me and listen to me. You should be saying hold on. Let me read ever. Okay. You're all right you go ahead. Go ahead. You can go on ICT.
Yep, that's are all right now. But we're not. Yeah, okay. All right. Go ahead. Go ahead because you ought to be looking in my youth. I was already pastoring a guy led a whole church to go up two go down to South America and he started off by preaching the Bible and everybody liking it and he was a very popular preacher and by the end of it he was saying don't look at the Bible look at me and by the end by the end he killed.
He's holding us take the Lord's supper and die together and go to heaven and he said if you're a Believer do that, if you're not we're going to shoot you with a machine gun. That's a great Pastor say man. That was a that was a that was a guy might have had on a sheep's clothing but he was a wolf for real everybody calls on you to be accepting and tolerant and think of all religions is good.
The Bible does.
Soon we'll all have our own way of Salvation and we will say it's not that there's just one way to God. So I just need you to start off and Ezra chapter 4 the way the devil wanted to stop the work of God. He did not want to be confrontational, you know, understanding something. You know, what that in America, I think maybe in America what we're experiencing is Ezra for two.
We're experiencing nice guy religion. We're experiencing. We don't mind being a little weird. You're not quite snake handlers, but you're almost there. And and we like you. All right. I mean you're a little crazy, but just come to our meetings and listen to us and slowly you'll grow up and mature and not be so hung up on Jesus and up on doing right?
I think that's mainly what's going on in America right now. I don't think on the whole. The run to that much attack by the government. I don't think on the whole run of that much attack, but others here's where I attack is you are literally believing that Jesus has a way to heaven but so does Buddha and not only does Buddha have a way to heaven but the Hindus have went heaven and all he does the Buddha have a way to heaven the 300 million gods of Hindus have our way to heaven and everybody has a way to get there and everybody believes us and man invented his own religion anyway, And so you're becoming tolerant and accepting you ought to be nice to people all the time all the time to everybody you ever meet.
We're not I don't care what religion they have. We're going to be very nice to him, but we're not going to change what the Bible says. I don't care who comes in here. I'm going to be very kind to him only very nice too. But I'm going to tell them the Bible says you have sinned against the holy God and you got to get saved.
In fact that makes you mad then you've got a problem, but the next thing that happens in the book of Ezra in chapter 4. Is it they say the devil starts an open attack? I guess maybe here's some verses before. I really go to the open attack as much in second Corinthians chapter 11 and verse 3.
Here's what the devil is trying to do. He is trying to get you deceived by his subtlety by his trickery by his hiding like he did Eve and he is corrupting you from the Simplicity. That's. Just let me tell you what you're thinking. You come to our church. And you here I have sinned against the holy God.
I deserve to go to hell and all I got to do is trust Jesus and he's going to change my life. Oh, that's ridiculous. What do I have to do? Oh, no, you just got to realize your Center and you got to trust Christ and you say that's too simple. You know, who's telling you that's too simple. Don't you the devil religion that's telling you if you really want to get things right?
You need to I don't know make a pilgrimage. If you really want to get things right G to stop this and stop this and start that and do this and the devil would do anything. You got to speak in tongues. You gotta you gotta you gotta not eat certain foods and they're going to make up all sorts of things.
But the simple answer is Jesus died for you and you just trust him to be your savior. The Simplicity says in 2nd Corinthians 11 for their preaching another Jesus and their preaching another gospel. For because the true gospel is this you can't get to heaven on your own nothing you could do whatever get you there, but there is one who died for you who was buried and rose again.
He is Jesus and he could save you he's a liar. The devil is a liar and the father of lies in John chapter 8 and verse 4. There's no truth in him. He speaks a lie, because he's the father of Lies. So that leads us to that next thing he's doing he's an accuser you remember they wrote a letter and Ezra for and they accused and azra 4:6 it says they wrote unto him an accusation.
And so do you know what the devil does he spends his life telling God why shouldn't save you? He spends his life accusing you Bible says in Revelation. For 12 and verse 10. I heard a loud voice saying in heaven now is come salvation and strength and the kingdom of our God and the power of his cross for the accuser of our Brethren is cast down which accused them before our God day and night the devil loves to accuse God accuse you before God and accuse you to you.
He would say well God might save others be would never save you. You're not good enough. You can't go to heaven in a devil's in the accusing business. You know, he a lot of you when you're feeling really negative and down and bad. You don't even know it, but the devil is once messing with you, then he tempts us to sin.
He tempted Jesus in Matthew 4 and second Corinthians 11:3. We've already seen he tempted Eve and he tempts us and he and Paul told him y'all. Be careful. He's trying to. People I know you don't understand this and I know today's message is making you think I'm crazy. But right now in your heart you're going out if I believe that that seems you know, you know why those thoughts are popping in your head because there's an enemy in this room because there's an enemy in this room and he's telling you they that simple what did the devil say?
He didn't want you to be in the Simplicity of Christ and so devil sister it is not that simple. You can't just admit you're a sinner. You can't just trust Christ that would never work. It's not that simple. You're sitting there thinking what God wouldn't save you God wouldn't save you. You're too bad.
You're saying you thinking it's not you you're being accused you're being messed with he's tempting you he wants you to go to hell now. Let me give you the steps. We take as Christians real quickly, by the way. I have literally dipped a teaspoon. In an ocean to give you this morning and you're going to say but you sure throw a bunch out us is a teaspoon come back next week.
I'll throw a gallon at you. How about that? We should continue believing the word of God no matter what explain explain something to you. You don't know truth years ago. I went to Six Flags, and I don't think they have it anymore, but it was one of those they had this house of. And when you walked in this house of Illusions water ran up heel and when they drop a ball it would run uphill and they put a ball in the trophy run everything and it was backwards.
Nothing worked. Right but what you know what they do they trick you. They fool you into believing that they tilt the floor where it looks like it's doing one thing there's not doing and you it's tilted everything to make you feel like it's really happening. But it's not that's what the devil does.
You need the word of God. It's the word of God will help you stay straight. It was a Kennedy that flew an airplane on his way to a to an activity with his family and he killed himself and he was a very accomplished pilot. The reason he killed himself was he flew into. IFR into instrument flight area he flew into an area where he couldn't see with his eyes and in the middle of these areas when you're in a cloud and when there's a storm going on around you and your planes already bouncing up and down and you're in a small plane.
It's easy to begin to think to yourself. I think I'm not right side up and see start turning the plane and Pilots have been known to fly upside down into the ground because they were going by if they felt like. How does it feel to me? And here's what they tell you when they're teaching you that don't go below what you feel look at your instruments because you can look at your instruments.
Your answers are screaming your right side up. Don't do anything stupid right now, but your body screaming. No, I'm not and this morning you're letting the devil mess with you because you're not looking at your instruments. You have decided not to be viable. You don't even bring it this morning.
You're not even looking up the verses you're not taking it. Seriously, you say that guy's got his opinion. If I have my opinion we should get a new preacher. And if I have my opinion we should get a new preacher and a pastor here because it ought to be that the men of our church and the people of our church.
We said, yep what he said is spot-on. It's what the book said. It's what the instruments say. It's what the instruments say. We should be model citizens, by the way and the Book of Ezra chapter 4. They were accused him of not being good citizens. No Christian ought to ever be a citizen. It would really bring reproach on the government unless it was for good biblical reasons, which you really don't have any be a good citizen, but you must learn to resist the devil this morning you as a Christian need to understand he is fighting you he is fighting you.
I've been in the middle of a fight all morning long. It didn't start to us sitting there. But I mean it's like okay, I don't know. I don't really want to do this. I keep hearing in my head. They don't want to hear this. They don't like you today and I like to be liked and he said they don't like you run and I'm like doing everything.
I can not to run trying to obey the instruments. The Bible says in James 4:7 submit yourselves therefore to God. Obey, God resist the devil and he will flee the last thing I want to show you and I'll be through go with me to Revelation chapter 12 and verse 11 last verse now. Listen to me. If you're a Believer you can have victory over Satan.
There is no reason Satan should ever win the battle. He only wins because you don't do what. Supposed to do in Revelation chapter 11. It says this they overcame him a song about the accuser verse 10. If you go back and read nine and ten. It's the accuser they overcame the accuser how by the blood of the Lamb so the devil looks at you and says you don't deserve to go to heaven and your answer is you're right, but I'm under the blood of the Lamb.
It's the blood of Jesus. It'll get me into heaven. It's the. By the word of their testimony, they said I have trusted Jesus and I would rather be dead than that love him and serve him and that's how you win. None of us in this room have to lose the devil. You know what let's in beat you you don't have to let filth in your life.
You don't have to let ungodliness and unholiness in your life. You can have Victory but I do want you to know something. He's a roaring lion and he's walking around right now. He wants to. For you some of you came this morning and you're not under the blood. If you're honest, you have never trusted that Jesus died for you.
You have trusted your church baptism. You have church trusted your good works. You're honestly if I ask you if you know that you died today. Would you go to heaven your answer would be well, I sure hope so and I'd say well, why are you what do you think makes you think you would you'd probably say to me?
Well, my parents were Christians. I've always been a Christian. I've been baptized I take the Lord's Supper. I do good stuff and all of those are the wrong answers. Here's the right answer. I have been to Calvary. I've accepted Jesus death on the cross for me. I've trusted what Jesus did so I can go to heaven.
That's the right answer if you're not saved today you can. The devil made me whispered in your ear that you can't be but you can't be in the Bible's clear you can but you can be saved. You can know that you go to heaven when you die. You can have the same Assurance of same security of your salvation and other people in this room have you can know that because you'll trust Christ and I want to help you.
We're going to try to show you that if you'll let us will open the Bible and show you we won't show you the Baptist way will show you the Bible way and you can be. You can trust Christ as some of you as Christians a devil's been messing with you. You're into sin. You're barely serving God you're not really real and you know, the holy spirit is talking to you this morning.
It's time to obey him. It's time to surrender. Let him work in your life.