COLUMN: Defeat Satan through the grace of Jesus

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By C.L. Glasscock

As we look at how deceiving Satan really is, if we do not stay prayed up and stay in the word of God, he will devour us, because the only way we can defeat him is through Jesus Christ.
I believe the first thing we have to learn in the battle with Satan is that it’s a long way from our heads to our hearts.
By saying this, if we do not watch, we will fall into one of Satan’s traps. We will be trying to defeat him on our own strength and if we try to figure out where he is coming from without the grace of God that is exactly what he wants us to do.
An elderly woman told me not long ago that she read both columns on the church page of the Spencer Magnet. She said that when she went to church and the young preachers read the scripture in the Bible, and when they start to preach they stray away from what they read in the Bible, and not very long they dismiss the crowd.
This brought back memories on my first sermon after I was ordained. I had it all figured out, I was going to deliver a great sermon, I had my notes all in order and knew exactly what I was going to do, but it turned out awful. It did not come out the way I thought it would. It didn’t take me long to figure out what was wrong. I had used my head instead the grace Jesus Christ had given me.
One day I was praying and it was like Jesus spoke to me, “You pray without notes, why not preach without notes.” Of course, Jesus was right, as he always is.
“And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Now let’s take a look at how Satan can trick you — he has many ways to deceive us. I preached last Sunday on the angel of light.
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel: for Satan himself transformed into an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness whose end shall be according to his works” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
Christians, did you ever take a good look at where Satan has these ministers working for him? Me, I think it is just about everywhere I go. What about the Church we attend? When I was ordained, I was asked the question, “What causes splits in churches?”
The answer is very simple: Satan, because he has these ministers working for him in my Church and very probably yours. The only way we can defeat them is through the grace of Jesus Christ.