God’s Work And Satan’s Reaction
BELOVED, it has become common to observe that wherever God’s work is ongoing, there will Satan react to steal the joy of the brethren, dampen their faith and destroy the progress of their good work. These he has been doing in churches, revival camp meetings and other godly exercises. Whenever a Church decides to rise above the mundane things of this world, Satan will appear to accuse the brethren. When anybody opts to do God’s work, Satan will appear to attack to hinder the progress.
In these last days, his agents are at work, persecuting and beheading the faithful, instilling fear in believers’ lives and causing sorrow for no other reason than to discourage them from doing God’s work. Devil, as the thief has no other stock in trade than to plunder and cause sorrow. All he does is to attack the faith of brethren through sickness, disease, failure, poverty, barrenness and even the death of loved ones. All his wickedness is to ensure believers sin against God and go to hell. But God forbid. This is the reason believers are daily warned not to be ignorant of the devil’s devices, for offence must surely come in diverse ways, but should not daunt the pledge to remain faithful to our God regardless of any adverse situation.
In the Bible days, Job was not only rich and great, but so good, and had such an interest both in heaven and earth. But a day came that the sons of God and Job went to present themselves to God and Satan appeared also in reaction to scuttle whatever may be the blessing Job would receive from God.
Job 1: 6, 10-11 says, “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them ….9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face”
The reason for devil’s appearance was to beg and obtain leave to torment Job and he succeeded, but Job remained steadfast in holiness and righteousness. When our Lord Jesus Christ’s ministry began to blossom, Satan led Judas to betray Him, so that God’s good work would cease. Judas, one of the twelve apostles, was used to upset the work of God so that mankind would not receive salvation.
John 13: 2 says, “And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him.” In the days of the Apostles, when Peter and John preached and healed a lame man from birth at the Beautiful Gate and more than 5000 souls were converted to the chagrin of the devil, Satan reacted by inciting the religious authorities to arrest and demand that they desist from preaching the gospel. Beloved, the devil’s appearance at the scene of godly work continues till date. And now, having known we are in the very last days when he has but a short time, Satan is on the loose with a great wrath against the inhabitants of the world.
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