Four Dangers in Dealing with the Devil
Would you take the Word of God, the Holy Bible, and open please to the old the, to the Old Testament? Ezekiel chapter twenty-eight, Ezekiel chapter twenty eight. Tonight is a very serious and somber subject. We're going to be talking about his majesty, the devil, that sinister minister of evil, the prince of darkness. The title of the message is Four Dangers in Dealing with the Devil.
I begin our reading tonight in verse eleven, Ezekiel chapter twenty-eight and verse eleven. ''Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of the pipes was prepared in thee from the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled the sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth from I will bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. And they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.''
In dealing with the devil, we need to be warned. We don't need to be flippant. We don't need to be careless. We don't try to be crafty or to out maneuver him. We need to understand exactly who he is, and what God has said to his people. And as I look at this passage of scripture, there's so much taught here. But there are four basic things that I want to lay on your heart, because dear friend, whether you know it or not, you deal with the devil every day. You deal with the prince of darkness every day. If you don't deal directly with him, you deal with one of his emissaries, one of his demons. Now you may not know that you're dealing with him, and you may not know that he is affecting your life, that he's controlling you, harming you, ...
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