9/28/13

College Expectations - Part IV

When we hear Satan we imagine a thin sly looking man with a pointy beard and a scowl. When we hear Satan’s Kingdom we imagine a cave with bright red flames shooting up and lakes of lava pooling on the ground. What we don’t think about when we hear Satan’s Kingdom is a small town in Vermont.

When towns were being formed in the 1800’s each farm would nickname the surrounding areas based on the population living there. Some areas were called Jerusalem, some were called Liberty Hill but only one area earned the title of Satan’s Kingdom. Rumor has it that these areas were first owned by Lucifer himself. It is said that he and his demons took the land and corrupted it with bitterness and hate. So of course, that is where the town would push the “unwanted” people. Hookers, murderers, and anarchists would call Satan’s Kingdom their own. Practices like Idolatry, gluttony, and self gratifying acts ran rampant through the area.

That place may sound like a distant and unwanted nightmare to us right now, but the reality is that our home turf is a mirror image of Satan’s Kingdom. We worship famous people and money. We over buy and over eat. And any chance that we get we will try and satisfy a need that is really a want.

The first week I mentioned the things that God expects from us like humility, patience, generosity, and love. Then the second week I talked about the good things we want and can expect from God like Him lighting the way, giving us community, loving us, and giving us a chance to share his word. Then the third week we talked about the harder points we should expect such as persecution, admonishment, closed doors, and failure. This week I want to break into the topic of what we should expect from the ultimate enemy, Satan.

1.      Expect A Lion
a.       1 Peter 5:8 – “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
b.      Society looks at Satan like a Wolf looks at a puppy, and that’s the way he likes it. The best way to stalk your prey is to make it think that you are either not there, or that you’re not significant. Like a Lion Satan creeps around waiting for our guard to fall. He whispers softly telling us that he’s no threat, and that the world is our friend. This verse clearly explains two simple ways to stay aware of Satan’s tactics. First off we are told to be alert. Never assume that Satan is a puppy. Secondly we are told to be of sober mind. This could range from getting drunk on self gratification, worldly idolatry, or alcohol. As a Christian we need to abstain from drunkenness of any kind. I’ll say it right now, I am opposed to drinking, but I am maliciously against being drunk. Satan will scar lives, and change futures when the mind is intoxicated.
2.      If you sin, expect him to be your friend
a.       1 John 3:8 – “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.”
b.      Being a Christian means that you are one part soul intermingled with God, and one part flesh intermingled in this world. As Satan prowls the land looking to take glory away from the Kingdom of God he will surely attack you. Many Christian teens will arrive at college with an iron spine, unbending in the face of temptation. But as time goes on the pressures of college and peer relationships are too great, so they give in. Once church choir students are now “dancing with the devil.” Falling deep into sin may not cost you your salvation, but it could put the blood of another person on your hands. Each time you act like Satan in front of non-believers you are doing the will of him, not God.
3.      Expect him to look pretty
a.       2 Corinthians 11:14 – “And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of Light.”
b.      Both Mormonism and Islam were founded when the “prophets” saw an angel of light telling them what to do and say. Now these religions are butting heads with Christianity every step of the way. I’ll be honest, sin looks pretty. It’s tempting and something in our flesh tells us that it’s a beautiful experience. But God warned us long ago that sin will only harm us. Even if, for a brief moment, it feels exhilarating the long term affect is still deadly. The further we get from God, the more beautiful sin looks. Abstain from temptation, and you’ll starve Satan of the attention that he craves.
4.      If you’re in line with God, expect him to attack you personally
a.       Matthew 16:23 – “But he turned away and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

b.      Peter was literally in the presence of God. He was as close as it comes to being in the word, and yet still he was tempted by Satan. If someone can literally hug Jesus while being attacked by Satan then just imagine what can happen to us? I have seen people boldly challenge Satan to give them his best shot, and then struggle and be broken down for months. We like to laugh and think this is just a game. The fight is real, and you’re a soldier in it. Put on the armor of God, pray, fast, and read your word. Everything that can be associated with spiritual growth will keep Satan at bay while you spread the gospel. Do not think that the battle is hopeless. Satan knows his fate in Revelation. Take God’s hand and march through the decay of sin.

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