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Satan wants the glory, but he doesn't have the ability. Part 7.

Friday, October 11, 2002

Satan does not have the ability, character, or power to control all types of creatures, bringing them into compatibility with himself, and there is where he fails.

2CO 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.

PSA 76:10 For the wrath of man shall praise Thee;

ISA 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.

EXO 1:12 “But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out”

Satan wants the glory but he does not have the ability, and that same spirit is manifested everywhere in the human race.

Gods principle in dealing with the human race is grace which means that man can neither earn or deserve it, and this is part of the reason why Satan can never fulfill the fifth I will.

Man cannot of his own ability or his own talent do anything that glorifies God.

Satan wants to set up principles that promote creatures getting credit.

Here is Satan with his own talent and own ability, which was God-given, trying to supersede God in function as well as in person, and once again he fails.

There never was, there never will be a believer whoever earned or deserved anything from God.

Anything we are by way of success, any victory we have, depends entirely upon who and what God is, never on who and what we are.

1CO 4:7 For who regards you as superior? And what do you have that you did not receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?

1CH 29:14 But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from Thee, and from Thy hand we have given Thee.

ROM 11:36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him {be} the glory forever. Amen.

We get in Gods way, we start helping God, and then He stops working.

He will not work with you; it must be His work or nothing.

Since he could not reproduce any part of the character of God and he still wanted it, the only thing he could do was to imitate or to counterfeit God.

Any believer with a little bit of smarts and doctrine in the frontal lobe can do what Satan always wanted to do and never could, imitate God!

EPH 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;

GAL 4:19 My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you

GAL 5:16 - humans can “walk by means of the Holy Spirit,” Satan and the angels, including the elect, cannot.

EPH 5:18 - humans can “be filled with the Spirit,” Satan and the angels cannot.

Outside of the gospel there is nothing that Satan hates as much as spirituality by grace.

The filling of the Spirit produces the fruit of the Spirit and the character of God, and Satan with all of his activity and all of His work and his evil nature cannot produce it.

Satan promotes morality as spirituality because even he can be moral.

GEN 14:19 And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth;”

GEN 14:22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have sworn to the Lord God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth,”

Satans ambition is not to be like Jehovah, the self-existent One, but to be like the Most High - the “possessor of heaven and earth.”

The essential evil character of sin here, as everywhere, is an unwillingness on the part of the creature to abide in the precise position in which he has been placed by the Creator.

1CO 12:18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.

1PE 4:10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

GEN 3:5 “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

2TH 2:4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

He is smart and he is powerful, but he does not have the character, he does not have Gods consistency. He is not immutable.

GAL 5:19-20 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery [pharmekia].

The kind of glory Satan wants is the glory of the person who controls the universe, and that type of glory comes through grace.

When TLJC was on the earth Satan offered Him the kingdoms of the world and Jesus Christ turned him down flat.

When you start learning something about grace, you not only have a wall of fire around you from the grace of God, but you also have a wall of fire around your soul, Bible doctrine.

JAM 1:17 Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.

The lake of fire was prepared for the devil and his angels, MAT 25:41.

Everything that we have, whether it is salvation or some minute detail, everything was provided for and paid for in heaven billions of years ago, it is just a matter of working out the details in time.

Robert R. McLaughlin All Rights Reserved 2002

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