NOTES TAKEN FROM SERMONS BY PASTOR R. BRUCE MILLER
The Bait of Satan: Deception
We must understand the times we are in as the sons of Issachar did!
Know the season. It is the season of his return.
Matthew 24:3 3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
There is evidence of things they had no understanding of.
Know that these things will get more intense.
Jesus' first response: Take heed that no man deceive you. (Matt 24:4)
11And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
He warns against deception, foretells false teachers and prophets, rumors and rumors of war, etc.
Deception and false religions of the world have increased.
Paul warned in Jude 1:3 and 4,
Beloved, when I gave diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
"For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ."
Some of these practices and teachings had begun to creep into the churches even then.
I John says Anti Christ will come and that the spirit of Anti Christ is already here.
Deception is the bait of Satan! It is the first weapon Satan used to bait man. He disguised a lie as the truth but he comes as a roaring lion of destruction and condemnation.
Back to Genesis: Conversatin with Eve. Satan enticed/deceived her, suggesting that she should partake of the tree of knowledge.
“You shall not surely die, but you shall be as gods.
The first 2 parts of the deception were correct in that he said the fruit was pleasant for food and good to look at. But “desired to make one wise”?
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Gen 3:6?
When The Lord God put them” in the Garden Eastward and the tree of life in the midst of the garden”, He said it was good for food and pleasant to look at but Satan added this: “you shall be as gods.”
You will be your own God of wisdom and bring what has been given already.
Every false religion asks, “Hath God Said?”
Challenges of Satan
1 God is not Real - There is only nature, an essence, an energy.
If they can deny that God exists, they can also believe there is no devil, no ultimate sin, no judgement, no accountability. They believe you can be good without God. That you already have the divine nature. That you have the nature of God if you follow the process of what they can teach you to get to levels of enlightenment to evolve and be able to judge yourself.
2 What makes the Bible? -
true False religions have additional writings, their own bibles, etc.
Jesus said, if we add or take anything away, we are accursed
False religion says, love yourself, you are good
The bible says that you cannot see or understand the things of God.
You have no power even over your own mind.
People have been under the works of darkness since Adam and Even sinned.
Col. 1:13 God has delivered us out of darkness
The bible was written for the people of God!
Man must be born again. You can’t understand how life is with the natural finite mind.
The infinite God is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
The bible is not written by man, Holy men of old wrote as directed by God.
Things of the spirit are spiritually discerned.
You must be born again to understand.
The spirit searched all things.
We are fruitless in our own natural intellect.
God’s word is alive and his revelations are alive.
His word is quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, searching the deep things of God.
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
What you must do to have a relationship with God.
The result of sin coming into the world.
The devil became the God of this world system.
The world is already condemned.
A new heaven and new earth are coming
False religion believes Christianity is too constricting/limiting.
Cults deny judgment
Hebrews 9:27 it is appointed unto man once to die but after this the judgment
If a man die, will he live again?
Where will I spend eternity? God will not send you to Hell. You choose.
2 destinations – heaven or hell.
You have a choice.
Jesus came to give us a choice.
Ecumenical movement – all religions are joining together.
But Jesus is the only way.
The broad road
straight is the gate that leads to life
Continue on the road that leads to life.
You need a relationship with Christ. - your desire, commitment, loyalty, love
Resist temptation and do what is pleasing to God.
There is a way that seems right.
Most suffering is man made by desire for superiority.
? rich selling the poor
The heart of man is evil, desperately wicked unless he has received the spirit of God
selfish motives because of the nature of sin
man’s greed, selfish gain at the expense of others
2 Cor 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
come and learn of me, my yoke is easy
2 Cor 2:4 demonstration of spirit and power
if any man preach another Jesus or another gospel…
People who pervert the gospel water it down, coveting glory and honor, bringing honor to themselves
2Cor 11:13 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.”
1John and Jude because iniquity will abound the love of many wax cold
the mystery of iniquity
The mystery of iniquity. Secrets preparing the way for apostacy
Definition: insidious process which deceives unbelievers turning many from true faith to accept and take pleasure in sin
challenges the truth of God’s word
1Timothy - some will depart from the faith
seducing spirits, doctrines of devils, cause some to depart
prevalent in the earth and in the church
not new but more intense and consistent
(2Peter 2:19) promise liberty
some believe the lie
Jesus said, “ if you continue in my word…”
after they have escaped the corruption of his world and are again entangles… later end is worse than the beginning
if they are ever trying to get you to turn to this. not consistent with God’s word
We must cast down, take authority over thoughts and every attack of the mind
as a man thinketh on his heart, so is he
we must be mindful of who we are based on God’s word
cast not away your confidence
don’t lose faith and confidence regardless of what is happening
God is in control
2Peter 2:9 God knows how to deliver.
He is our shepherd
be steadfast, always abounding in the work of the lord
Yet a little while.
I come quickly
If I go away I will come again and receive you unto myself.
the just shall live by faith
not of them that draw back
Not drawing back, looking to the left or right, but looking up!
Your redemption draweth nigh.
don’t lose your crown
you want to hear him say “well done”